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download press release »12/13/2010

CertainTeed’s New SilentFX™ Acoustic Gypsum Board Provides a High-Performance, Noise Reducing Solution for the Construction Market

(Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed is strengthening its position as a single source partner for high-performance gypsum products through the introduction of SilentFX™, a cost-effective gypsum board that improves acoustical performance and offers a high level of mold and fire resistance.

Achieving a high sound transmission class (STC) rating of 50 and higher, SilentFX allows building professionals to achieve acoustical control with less material than traditional gypsum boards, saving on installation time and materials. The product consists of Green Glue, a viscoelastic polymer, that is sandwiched between two Type X fire resistant gypsum boards. Specially engineered to provide enhanced protection against moisture and mold with M2Tech® technology, SilentFX is GREENGUARD® Children and Schools(SM) Certified.

“The green building design movement has contributed to an increased demand for acoustical management, especially in multi-family, school, hotel and healthcare settings,” says John Donaldson, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “It is much easier to relax, learn, sleep and heal without the headache of unwanted noise. We specifically designed SilentFX to provide building professionals with access to a high-performing gypsum board that can meet the toughest acoustical standards.”

SilentFX gypsum boards are designed for use on interior walls and ceilings and can be used for new construction or renovations over wood or steel framing. The product is easy to install and finish in a conventional fashion.

“Our comprehensive product offering gives building professionals flexibility in meeting the needs for a diverse range of applications,” explains Donaldson. “Using CertainTeed ceiling, thermal insulation and gypsum products, building professionals can design spaces that meet the most rigorous acoustical requirements.”

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates, including CertainTeed Gypsum, have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009 and 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009.