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download press release »11/18/2011

UL Environment Inc. Validates CertainTeed Gypsum Environmental Claims

(Tampa, Fla.) – Demonstrating a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and transparency, CertainTeed Gypsum today announced that UL Environment Inc. has completed the Environmental Claims Verification (ECV) process for products manufactured at its Cody, Wyo.; Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario; Seattle, Wash.; and Moundsville, W. Va. manufacturing facilities. Specifically, UL Environment confirmed the pre- and post-consumer recycled content, origination of source materials and adherence of ASTM D 3273 mold resistance standards, if applicable, for 19 CertainTeed products. The validation process is currently underway for products manufactured at the company’s remaining North American plants.

“CertainTeed has taken a unique approach by seeking validation for environmental product claims based on the specific plant in which they are manufactured,” said Steve Wenc, president of UL Environment. “This demonstrates CertainTeed’s commitment to providing detailed product information and an unprecedented level of transparency.”

UL Environment carried out audits and administered tests to determine the products’ compliance with environmental claims for the following products: CertainTeed® Regular Gypsum Board, CertainTeed Type X, CertainTeed Sheathing, CertainTeed Sheathing Type X, CertainTeed Interior Ceiling, CertainTeed Veneer Plaster Base, CertainTeed Veneer Plaster Base Type X, CertainTeed Abuse Resistant Type X, M2Tech®, M2Tech Type X, Easi-Lite™, GlasRoc® Sheathing, GlasRoc Sheathing Type X, GlasRoc Roof Board, GlasRoc Roof Board Type X, Diamondback™ Tile Backer, Diamondback Tile Backer Type X, AirRenew® and AirRenew Type X.

“Third party verification of environmental claims is a critical component of today’s green building culture, as it provides independent evaluation and enhanced transparency,” said John Donaldson, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “CertainTeed has made significant strides in ensuring building and design professionals have access to sustainable, high-performance gypsum products that help them achieve their goals in the responsible development of our built environment.”

CertainTeed’s M2Tech® technology provides moisture resistance and protection against mold growth. The M2Tech line includes gypsum boards for interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial and institutional applications; shaftliner for shaftwall and area separation firewall systems; as well as finishing compounds. CertainTeed M2Tech gypsum boards are GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality and GREENGUARD Children & Schools(SM) certified.  They contain up to 99 percent total recycled content and may provide regional material green building credits based on project location.

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, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., 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, 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 have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2010.