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download press release »06/12/2012

CertainTeed® Restoration Millwork® Exterior Trim Achieves GreenCircle® Certification

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation has achieved GreenCircle® certification for its Restoration Millwork® Exterior Trim, enhancing the sustainable appeal and environmental transparency of the product line. The third-party certification was conducted by GreenCircle Certified, LLC, and the process included a comprehensive review of the manufacturing process and products, verifying the 21 percent recycled content of the product.

“Securing an independent third-party certification of the recycled content within our Restoration Millwork products reinforces our overarching commitment to environmental responsibility,” says Rick Brinton, general manager for Restoration Millwork at CertainTeed Siding Products Group. “In addition to GreenCircle certification, the long-lasting performance and durability of Restoration Millwork make it an ideal choice for sustainable building projects.”

In order to verify and certify recycled content claims, GreenCircle conducted a detailed evaluation of the Restoration Millwork product line and the company’s manufacturing operations in Social Circle, Ga. The claims were verified for conformance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14021 Environmental Labels and Declarations requirements.

“The marketplace is full of misleading and confusing claims about the environmental performance of building products,” said Tad Radzinski, co-founder of and certification officer for GreenCircle. “Through GreenCircle certification, CertainTeed has validated the legitimacy of the environmental claims behind Restoration Millwork and is strengthening its commitment to product transparency.”

Made from cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the full line of Restoration Millwork trim, beadboard and accessories is engineered to look, feel and work like top-grade lumber. Unlike wood, however, it is made with a long-lasting, low-maintenance material that is resistant to rotting, warping, moisture and insects. It can be cut using ordinary woodworking tools and fastened with nails or screws. It is highly resistant to yellowing caused by UV rays, resists freezing during winter months, features a Class A (Class 1) flame spread classification and is backed by a 25-year limited warranty.

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 60 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 and 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

About GreenCircle Certified, LLC:

GreenCircle Certified, LLC was established to ensure specificity in third-party certification after encountering many misleading or unsubstantiated sustainability claims in the green marketplace. Manufacturers, suppliers, regulators and consumers can be assured that products labeled with the “GreenCircle Certified” label have undergone rigorous examination and their claims verified.  GreenCircle offers claim validation for carbon footprint reduction, closed loop product, life cycle assessment (LCA) optimized, rapidly renewable resource content, recyclable material, recycled content, renewable energy use, and sustainable manufacturing practices. A list of certified products can be found on the GreenCircle website.

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