Innovation in Sustainable Product: Indow Windows
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sam Pardue is taking Indow Windows down a path of fast growth and a war on carbon.
You can’t have a conversation about energy without mentioning the other e-word: efficiency.
Energy efficiency has risen in Oregon to become both sustainability imperative and an economic driver for the region, creating jobs and shrinking utility bills in its wake.
And one Portland company took an innovative, elegant solution for home energy efficiency and built a business out of it, going from zero to 13 employees in less than a year.
Indow Windows sells customized window inserts that meet energy-efficiency and noise-reduction goals. Led by CEO Sam Pardue, the startup opened its North Portland manufacturing facility in November.
To learn more about Indow Window's manufacturing process, check out the Sustainable Business Oregon slideshow, Indow Windows takes a custom approach to home energy efficiency.
“Our mission is to maximize carbon reduction,” Pardue said. “Windows are a huge source of energy loss.”
The company also fit out its headquarters with an eye to sustainability, putting in a reflective roof to keep the building cool and using environmentally friendly paint and carpet to make it homey. And Indow Windows doesn’t limit its concern with efficiency to its product. Eliminating waste in manufacturing is also an important goal.
“Every week we improve part of the manufacturing process,” Pardue said. “We’re continuously optimizing the system. It’s all about the flow of information.”
With some 43 percent of U.S. windows still sporting single panes, Indow Windows is going after the homeowner who wants to save energy, but might not have the money or the desire to replace windows.
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