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download press release »12/20/2011

Expanded AirRenew® Indoor Air Quality Gypsum Board Product Line Meets Wide Array of Project Specifications

(Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed Gypsum is broadening its groundbreaking AirRenew® indoor air quality (IAQ) gypsum board product line with the addition of AirRenew Extreme Impact and AirRenew Extreme Abuse. The expansion rounds out the AirRenew product family with solutions that boast high-performance attributes, such as fire-, abuse- and impact-resistance as well as moisture and mold protection.

“AirRenew plays an important role in the overall health of interior environments by proactively scavenging volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particularly formaldehyde, in a built environment,” said John Donaldson, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “By expanding the AirRenew product line, we are ensuring that building and design professionals can leverage this innovative technology to meet stringent performance requirements, especially in healthcare and educational projects.”

AirRenew Extreme Impact and AirRenew Extreme Abuse are the first abuse-resistant gypsum boards that actively improve indoor air quality.  They handle the same as regular gypsum boards and do not require special tools to install or finish.  Additionally, abuse-resistant gypsum boards are cost-effective alternatives to concrete masonry units, often specified for high-traffic applications. AirRenew Extreme Impact contains a specially designed fiberglass reinforcement that provides superior resistance to hard impacts and penetrations. AirRenew Extreme Abuse is designed for areas prone to surface abrasion and indentation, such as hallways and classrooms. Both products feature M2Tech® technology, which consists of 100 percent recycled paper that is treated to protect against mold growth.

Ideal for healthcare, education, and commercial projects with sustainable design in mind, the AirRenew product family can contribute to indoor environmental quality, recycled materials, and innovation in design credits for green projects.  AirRenew contains up to 99 percent total recycled content and may provide regional materials depending on project location.  In addition, the use of abuse- and impact-resistant gypsum boards contributes to the overall durability and longevity of interior spaces in homes and buildings.

AirRenew products achieve GREENGUARD® Children & Schools(SM) certification while AirRenew Extreme Abuse and AirRenew Extreme Impact also meet the abuse resistant requirements of ASTM C 1629. They are available in 5/8-inch (15.9 mm) thick boards in standard lengths. 

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. www.certainteed.com

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