The Breathe Building

The Breathe Building of Portland, Oregon was designed to be the most sustainable wellness and community centre in the United States. The Breathe Building is the first commercial building in the North West built to the Earth Advantage Silver Certification, a third-party green building standard that stresses the importance of sustainable products and a building’s impact on the environment and its community. The building was designed with an emphasis on occupant comfort, energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality (IAQ), and use of recycled and responsible material. Accordingly the materials were vetted to identify and avoid potential toxins and utilize local manufacturers, suppliers and contractors. AirRenew Drywall, the only drywall that actively removes formaldehyde, was an approved product and installed throughout the building due to its Declare Label and close plant proximity.

Building Owner: Breathe Building
Architect: Green Hammer
Main Contractor: Green Hammer
Drywall Contractor: Oregon Interiors
Photographer: Sally Painter
Saint-Gobain Team: Erica Lange

Oregon Interiors, based in Portland Oregon, specializes in interior applications such as drywall, steel stud framing, insulation and acoustical grid ceilings. Since their inception in 2000, Oregon Interiors has built their business around the belief that their clients' needs are the most important and they have been dedicated to providing the Pacific Northwest with high quality and professional construction services.

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CertainTeed Products in the Breathe Building

AirRenew® Essential is part of the AirRenew Indoor air quality (IAQ) drywall family featuring industry-first formaldehyde-scavenging technology, through patent-pending technology, AirRenew captures formaldehyde and converts it into a safe, inert compound.

GlasRoc® Sheathing Type X is a high-performance, weather-resistant gypsum sheathing board with a specially formulated core for use in fire resistance rated designs. 

GlasRoc® Shaftliner Type X is used in Shaftwall and Area Separation Firewall Systems. It has a specially formulated fire resistive, noncombustible, and moisture resistant core and is faced with reinforcing glass mats and a weather-resistive coating on the surface.

Diamondback® Tile backer has a unique textured coating and pattern on the front of the board that creates a strong bond to prevent slipping, while its superior water resistant surface inhibits water vapor permeance protecting your rooms from mold and moisture. 

Heavy Taping is designed specifically for embedding drywall tape and trims and is ideal for embedding tape to drywall and has superior adhesion to various surfaces.

Lite All-Purpose compound is suitable for both taping and finishing of wallboard joints, corner trims, and fasteners. It exhibits a strong bond for embedding ape, and provides good workability and low shrinkage for the second and finish coat.

Marco® Flex Corner Tape product is a flexible corner tape designed for use with joint compound to reinforce gypsum board corners prior to painting, texturing or wallpapering.

CertainTeed Commercial Roofing products were used on the Breathe Building. Learn more about their product lines.