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download press release »08/28/2012

UL Environment Validates CertainTeed AirRenew® Indoor Air Quality Gypsum Board Product Family for Environmental Claims

(Tampa, Fla.) – UL Environment Inc. has completed the Environmental Claim Validation process for CertainTeed’s AirRenew® Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Gypsum Board products. Specifically, UL Environment confirmed four product claims: permanent formaldehyde absorption capacity, mold resistance, recycled content, and regional materials. The Environmental Claim Validations apply to AirRenew, AirRenew Extreme Abuse, and AirRenew Extreme Impact IAQ Gypsum Boards.

“UL Environment offers expertise to help manufacturers make and market greener products," says UL Environment President, Sara Greenstein. “Because AirRenew has undergone the environmental claim validation process, CertainTeed Gypsum customers can have confidence that UL Environment backs the permanent formaldehyde absorption capacity, mold resistance, recycled content, and regional materials claims carried by this product.”

Built on a patent-pending, innovative technology, AirRenew is a first-of-its-kind product that uses two technologies to actively improve IAQ. First, AirRenew helps clean the air by capturing VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into inert compounds that safely remain within the board. Additionally, AirRenew features M2Tech® technology, which is specially engineered to provide enhanced protection against moisture and mold and is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified(SM). AirRenew manufactured in Proctor, West Virginia contains over 90 percent total pre-consumer recycled content and may provide regional material green building credits based on project location.

“CertainTeed is committed to offering superior, high performance products that are manufactured with the strictest quality standards,” said Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “We’re proud to offer further third party verification of our ground-breaking AirRenew products, as it shows our dedication to enhanced transparency, healthy indoor environments and proof of our scientific team’s remarkable green building innovation.”

UL Environment evaluated the effectiveness of AirRenew technology, confirming the permanent removal of formaldehyde from the air. Specifically, the product was verified to have a measured permanent formaldehyde absorption capacity of 0.4 g/m² of surface area. This confirms the previous AirRenew testing in accordance with ISO16000-23, an indoor air performance test for evaluating the reduction of formaldehyde concentration by sorptive building materials.

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 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

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