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download press release »09/13/2013

CertainTeed Invites North American Building Professionals to Enter International Gypsum Trophy Competition

(Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed invites North American building professionals to show the world their best work by entering the 9th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards. The awards, which are given every two years, recognize excellence in design, drywall installation and finishing. One project representative from the U.S. and one from Canada will also receive a trip to the final competition in Berlin, Germany.

"We are always excited to review projects and recognize those that show creative and exceptional uses of CertainTeed gypsum products," says Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. "The Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy is a great way to show our appreciation and respect for the top talent among our building professional partners. Balancing the complexity of material performance specifications, meeting client needs, and staying on time and on budget is a challenging feat. To further contribute to a project with an outstanding, notable design is worthy of recognition."

The competition promotes gypsum-related skills in the following categories:

•    Gypsum Board Craftsmanship and Design
•    Finishing Application
•    Innovation
•    Residential
•    Mixed Use – Commercial including Hospitality and Retail
•    Sector Specific – Hospitals, Hotels and Educational Institutions

CertainTeed will select the top projects completed or projected to be complete between April 2012 and February 2014 and work with principals on project presentations for the international competition. A representative from each of the chosen projects will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to Berlin, Germany to compete in the finals, meet counterparts from other countries, and view projects submitted from around the world. The winning projects will also receive national and worldwide publicity, including press release and social media promotion.

Previous years' winning projects and a brief video showcasing the event can be viewed at  To submit a project, visit The deadline for entries is October 4, 2013.

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. For more information, go to

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.