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Canadian Sports Arena Meets Sustainability, Performance Requirements with CertainTeed® AirRenew® Extreme Impact Gypsum Board


(Mississauga, Ont.) – CertainTeed® AirRenew® Extreme Impact gypsum board has contributed toward a more sustainable and durable interior for the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet de Sherbrooke, a 47-year-old multi-purpose sports arena in Québec, Canada. The recently completed remodel is the first project in the province to feature AirRenew Extreme Impact, an especially durable board that actively removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) circulating indoors and traps them inside the board.

“AirRenew Extreme Impact was an ideal product choice, considering the arena’s large crowds and activity level,” said Nicolas Bilodeau of Bilodeau Baril Associés Architectes. “Sustainability goals were important, but we also had to make sure that the gypsum specified would meet the performance demands of the design.”

General Contractor Construction Guy Sebas, Inc. used approximately 1,600 sheets of AirRenew Extreme Impact to outfit much of the interior of the more than five thousand capacity building.

“This project went well due to the fact that the installer didn’t need to glaze, or skim coat, the surface with ready-mix before application, which saved on labor costs,” said Pierre Lemay, principal of Construction Guy Sebas, Inc. “It came ready to finish with paper on the face of the panel. We’ll definitely use it again.”

AirRenew Extreme Impact features M2Tech® patented technology, which offers the added benefit of enhanced moisture and mold resistance. In addition, AirRenew will continue to remove VOCs from the air, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes. AirRenew Extreme Impact also contains a specially designed fiberglass reinforcement to provide superior durability in high traffic areas prone to hard impacts and penetrations. Moreover, the product has completed UL Environment’s Environmental Claims Validation process and is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified(SM).

The newly remodeled arena is now home to the Sherbrooke Phoenix, the newest franchise of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. To better accommodate the team, the renovation also included the addition of 32 luxury boxes, 18 galleries, and an increase in general seating, for a total of 4,328 seats. Terraces were also constructed, and the concessions area was given a facelift as well. Work was complete this past summer, with the Phoenix playing their first game in August.

“We are happy that AirRenew was used on the renovation — as much for its air-clearing properties as for its longevity,” said Jean Désourdy, construction project manager of the city of Sherbooke. “The refurbished stadium represents the high standards and pride we take in our city. We received very positive comments from visitors throughout the province for the achievement.”

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, visit

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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. 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.