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download press release »01/29/2013

CertainTeed Ceilings Leverages ecoScorecard™, SmartBIM® Tools to Streamline Green Building Projects

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Significantly streamlining green building specification and documentation, CertainTeed Corporation has integrated its ceilings product line into ecoScorecard™ and SmartBIM® online tools. Both platforms help architects and building professionals leverage the benefits of CertainTeed’s high-performance ceilings products, while eliminating the time-intensive manual research and analysis of green building projects.

“CertainTeed offers an unrivaled array of ceilings solutions with remarkable sustainable appeal,” said Dawn Chittick, marketing manager for CertainTeed Ceilings. “Through the ecoScorecard and SmartBIM tools, architects and designers can quickly evaluate and understand the environmental impact of our products. By providing readily-available product information in the format they need, we’re ultimately supporting a more sustainable built environment.”

ecoScorecard provides architects and designers with the ability to search and evaluate products based on environmental characteristics, including 1,200 unique attributes across 20 green building rating systems. The free online system automatically updates as rating systems change and offers easy access to the documentation required for project submittals.

Allowing architects and designers the ability to gauge environmental performance throughout the design process, the SmartBIM Tool featuring ecoScorecard is a plug-in for use with Autodesk Revit® and Trimble SketchUp®. The tool embeds all of the environmental data included in ecoScorecard into the product’s BIM object.

“The SmartBIM Tool featuring ecoScorecard enables architects and designers to perform evaluations that until recently took hundreds of hours and cost owners thousands of dollars to complete,” says Mike Collins, executive vice president of sales & marketing at SmartBIM. “Additionally, sustainability evaluations can be done at any stage of a project’s design and development, which keeps environmental evaluation at the heart of the design process. We commend CertainTeed Ceilings on including this valuable tool as part of their overarching commitment to the green building industry.”

To access ecoScorecard and SmartBIM objects for CertainTeed Ceilings products, visit http://certainteedceilings.ecoscorecard.com.

As experts in the science of sound, CertainTeed Ceilings serves as a single source for high-quality ceilings that create acoustically friendly, aesthetically captivating environments. Encompassing the Performa, Ecophon and Gyptone brands along with Decoustics — a leader in high-precision, custom-engineered solutions — the company offers the perfect balance of innovation, budget and beauty with products that range from basic high-performance panels to premium, customizable systems. Through its emphasis on Environmental Acoustics™, CertainTeed Ceilings provides solutions that promote healthier interiors, while having a smaller impact on the environment, which includes ceiling products with one of the highest concentrations of recycled content in the industry as well as a recycling program for used ceiling panels. The company is the first ceilings manufacturer to issue Environmental Product Declarations through UL Environment and The Green Standard. For more information, 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 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 $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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