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download press release »04/09/2012

CertainTeed Roofing Strengthens Commitment to Sustainable Manufacturing, Achieves ISO 14001 Certification at Oregon Plant

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation has reached another important milestone in its sustainability efforts — achieving ISO 14001 certification at its Portland, Ore., roofing plant.

Developed by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001 standards were created to help companies minimize their environmental impact and achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance. To secure the globally recognized certification, CertainTeed developed a formalized environmental management system that underwent rigorous review by a third party auditor.

“Environmental responsibility is deeply rooted in our company culture, our operations and our roofing products,” said Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “Achieving ISO 14001 certification at the Portland plant is a culmination of the multiple steps we have taken over the years to reduce our impact on the environment.”

The Portland plant manufactures CertainTeed’s highly popular Landmark™ line of laminated asphalt roofing shingles and accessories, including shingles that are ENERGY STAR®-rated and contribute to NAHB Green Building Standards and LEED® certification. The shingles are manufactured with pre- and post-consumer recycled content, including slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper and sludge, which ultimately reduces landfill waste and carbon emissions. More than 90 percent of production waste is recycled and used in asphalt materials for road construction.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our 60 employees at the plant, CertainTeed is evolving into a leader in green manufacturing,” adds Smith. “Over the last three years, the Portland plant has reduced the electricity required by an impressive 50 percent per unit. The facility has also installed solar panels to further reduce utility reliance. These are just a few examples of our firm commitment to the environment through the responsible manufacturing of high-quality roofing products that play an important role in the sustainable building movement.”

CertainTeed is home to 10 roofing manufacturing facilities throughout the United States that are fully engaged in reducing the company’s environmental footprint. Collectively, the plants divert more than 250,000 tons of waste a year from landfills. In addition to asphalt shingles, CertainTeed Roofing offers innovative products that significantly boost the energy efficiency of a home, including Landmark Solaris™ solar reflective shingles and the Apollo® photovoltaic roofing system.

For more information on CertainTeed roofing products and the company’s environmental initiatives, visit www.certainteed.com.

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 2011and 2012 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 $3.2 billion in 2011. www.certainteed.com

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