As a fully integrated US manufacturer, we produce our own components. Limited outsourcing combined with backhauling our own materials greatly reduces sulfur oxide emissions. Eco-friendly finishing technology minimizes emissions. Formaldehyde-free adhesives and optimizer technology are elements of our environmental program. Sawdust has been regenerated for over 30 years to produce both heat and electricity.
Our culture is hands on. Bertch associates have planted thousands of trees since 1977 and will continue to plant more. “Trees are the most powerful concentrators of carbon on Earth."
The Bertch campus includes 10 facilities covering in excess of 1 million square feet of modern manufacturing space. Environmental responsibility has been engrained in Bertch’s corporate philosophy since it’s inception in 1977.
Bertch is certified by KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program (approved by NAHB), which is designed to protect our environment and encourage our industry to manage its resources. KCMA states “The Environmental Stewardship Program is a step above other industry environmental programs because our guidelines reach beyond raw material and management to set standards for manufacturing and product processes in regards to air quality and formaldehyde use.” Bertch is re-certified each year based on criterias of Air Quality, Resource Management (Product), Resource Management (Process), Environmental Stewardship and Community Relations.
It is Bertch’s goal to not just meet the ESP requirements, but exceed them. That means no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are released into your home from these products. Also, Bertch employs a solvent recycling program, which allows solvents to be used over and over again as a cleaner without having to dispose of the materials.
Our corporate commitment to the environment extends beyond our facility. All associates understand responsible stewardship and what they do on the job impacts the environment. Bertch uses the following specific methods, among others, for minimizing the quantity of new materials purchased and amount of waste generated.