Mark Richey Woodworking is one of the greenest manufacturers in the country. We use environmentally-sensitive, energy-efficient manufacturing methods and invest in sustainable technology to continually reduce our carbon footprint. Our green initiatives protect the environment, and help cut energy costs. Our dedication to sustainability extends to the projects we work on, many of which are LEED-certified, a green building designation that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
When properly managed and responsibly purchased, wood is a clean, renewable resource. Using wood for building also produces less air and water pollution and uses fewer ecological resources than other building materials, making wood a great choice for green building.
70% less energy is required in the use of wood compared with any other building material.
Our 600KW wind turbine generates 60% of the total electricity needed to power our operation.
The turbine is 292 feet tall, with a blade span of 158 feet and pivots into the wind, rotating its blades for maximum wind resistance.
Enough electricity is generated by the turbine to power 150 average American homes.
Using our wind turbine to generate power has an environmental benefit comparable to removing 150-200 cars from the road each year.
In 2007, we installed the industry's first clean burning biomass furnace in MA. Sawdust and woodchips are captured by our vacuum system and stored to then be fed to the furnace during the heating season. This unique heating system nearly eliminates the consumption of fossil fuels in our facility. In addition, all the companies wood waste is used as fuel onsite, saving on trucking and landfill impacts.
Operating at a temperature of 1600 degrees F, the furnace heats 85,000 square feet of our manufacturing facility.
The biomass furnace burns cleaner than a gas or oil burning furnace.
In 2016, Mark Richey Woodworking will install a 500-kw rooftop solar array, achieving our goal of 100-percent onsite renewable energy production. The array will cover approximately 50,000 square feet of our rooftop.