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download press release »05/30/2013

New AirRenew® Essential Gypsum Board Offers Enhanced Indoor Air Quality in Residential Construction and Remodeling Projects

(Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed is broadening its indoor air quality (IAQ) gypsum board product line with the addition of AirRenew® Essential. Featuring industry-first VOC-scavenging technology, AirRenew Essential offers a cost-effective solution for healthier interior environments in residential construction and remodeling projects.

The new offering includes AirRenew Essential 1/2-inch gypsum board and 5/8-inch Type X fire-resistant gypsum board. Through patent-pending technology, AirRenew Essential proactively captures VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converts them into safe, inert compounds.

“We created AirRenew Essential in response to the growing number of building professionals that are interested in improving the overall health of a home’s interior environment,” said Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “With AirRenew Essential, builders and remodelers can differentiate themselves in the marketplace and add value to their projects by leveraging this innovative technology.”

AirRenew Essential joins an existing portfolio of IAQ gypsum board products with a wide range of performance attributes, such as resistance to fire, mold, moisture, abuse and impact. Specifically, the product line includes: AirRenew M2Tech®, AirRenew M2Tech Type X, AirRenew Extreme Abuse, and AirRenew Extreme Impact.

Ideal for healthcare, education, residential and commercial projects with sustainable design in mind, AirRenew products are GREENGUARD® Gold certified and can contribute to indoor environmental quality, recycled materials, and innovation in design credits for green projects. AirRenew contains up to 99 percent total recycled content and may provide regional materials depending on project location. All AirRenew gypsum boards handle the same as regular gypsum boards and do not require special tools to install or finish. AirRenew Essential will soon join the existing portfolio of AirRenew products that have Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) from UL Environment for permanent VOC absorption.

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, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

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. For five consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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