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download press release »02/28/2013

CertainTeed® Apollo® Solar Roofing System to be Featured on Sustainable Series for Designing Spaces™

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – The CertainTeed® Apollo® Solar Roofing System will be featured on “Designing Spaces™,” a half-hour-long, national home improvement show on Lifetime® Television. The program is scheduled to air on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 a.m., as part of the “Think Green” series.

“We are excited to show homeowners a real-world example of how solar power can help them take control of their electricity needs and reduce their carbon footprint,” says Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar. “Apollo truly provides an aesthetically-pleasing, sustainable energy solution.”

Katy Collardson, technical supervisor for CertainTeed Solar, will give expert advice on economical residential solar power, as well as showcase how Apollo photovoltaic (PV) panels can be seamlessly integrated into existing asphalt or tile roofs.

The featured home is located in a community by Vintage Builders of Shreveport, La. Contractor Ranger Development of Monroe, La. installed the 2.6 kW, 60-panel Apollo roofing system along with Landmark™ asphalt shingles in Weathered Wood, a grey brown color that replicates the look of aged cedar shake. The shingles were manufactured and supplied by the nearby Shreveport CertainTeed roofing plant.

During the segment, viewers can see how Apollo fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seamless appearance not found with rack-mounted systems. They are also treated to an up-close look at how the low profile design visually blends with surrounding shingles. In addition, the homeowner tells their sustainable solar roofing story. For information or to check local listings, visit www.designingspaces.tv.

The Apollo system is offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation and is backed by the industry’s only warranty for both electricity output and installation workmanship. Apollo also qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at www.dsireusa.org. Additional incentives may also be available through local utility providers.

CertainTeed offers a powerful portfolio of photovoltaic roofing systems, including, Solstice™ rack-mounted, high-performance monocrystalline panels featuring one of the best ratios of energy per area and PowerMax® premium class, copper-indium-selenium (CIS) thin film rack mounted panels for residential and commercial applications. Designed to meet the demands of sustainable construction and replacement roofing, these products leverage next generation technology to generate unrivaled performance without compromising aesthetics.

For more information, visit www.certainteedsolar.com.

About Designing Spaces on Lifetime Television
Entering its 10th year Designing Spaces™ continues to be one of America’s favorite home improvement shows.  The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects and step by step home improvements to help make every space count and provide solutions to help you enjoy the space you live, work and play in.  Designing Spaces Family of Spaces includes Think Green Spaces, Kids Spaces and its widely popular Spaces of Hope which prides itself on assisting people and places in dire need of a makeover including children’s shelters, animal shelters, military families and more.  Designing Spaces airs at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime. For information or to view the show, visit www.designingspaces.tv.

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 5,700 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 $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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