Jayco’s Jay Flight and Starcraft Autumn Ridge travel trailers have been “green certified” by TRA Certification Inc., an internationally accredited certification organization.
The Jay Flight and Autumn Ridge travel trailers were awarded a Gold Level Performance Rating, making Jayco and Starcraft among the first RV manufacturers recognized for building products with green manufacturing processes and materials, according to a news release.
There are four levels of TRA’s green rating for RV manufacturers: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald. The Jay Flight Autumn Ridge travel trailers achieved Emerald ratings in three out of five categories (water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and operation and maintenances) and Gold ratings in the other two categories (resource efficiency and energy efficiency).
Tom Arnold, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based TRA Certification Inc., in explaining the green RV concept, said, “A green RV incorporates environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the development and manufacturing process. The design, construction and operation of a green RV focus on energy and water efficiency, resource-efficient RV design and materials, and indoor air quality.”
“Jayco is proud that our Jayco and Starcraft brands are among the first to be named gold-level green certified products,” said Sid Johnson, Jayco’s director of marketing. “It is one thing to say you are a ‘green’ company but it is an entirely different standard when your company is certified green by an independent testing firm. Operating as a good corporate citizen has always been the Jayco way of doing business. Paying attention to environmental standards and being efficient with resources are just a couple of the ways we can demonstrate that responsibility.”
Johnson stated that other Jayco and Starcraft products have yet to be tested and will be going through the same process in the near future.