CertainTeed and RESNET Form Strategic Partnership to Increase Residential Energy Efficiency
CertainTeed and RESNET will help to connect qualified insulation contractors and certified energy auditors at a local level to share knowledge and best practices when inspecting and testing a home, and recommend cost-effective improvements to increase its energy efficiency. CertainTeed will subsidize the cost of the training for its contractor customers to help them earn their designation as a RESNET EnergySmart Contractor. This certification meets the existing requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program®.
“As our contractor customers earn the RESNET EnergySmart Contractor certification, we are providing homeowners and auditors with a greater selection of qualified contractors who can properly and safely take on energy efficient retrofit projects,” said Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “They’ll be equipped with a comprehensive skill set and have access to a larger professional network that can help increase their business now and in the future.”
As part of the RESNET EnergySmart Contractor program, contractors must complete a training course that covers topics including the principles of energy, cost-effective efficient energy practices, the house as an inter-related system, combustion safety and the order that work must be carried out for optimal safety and effectiveness.
CertainTeed will provide RESNET with access to insulation-specific technical information and best practices, including building science expertise and material selection options when providing insulation upgrades to homeowners.
“This exciting new partnership will bring more contractors under the nationally trusted and recognized RESNET umbrella so we can continue to help improve the energy efficiency of the existing homes market,” said Steve Baden, Executive Director for RESNET. “As federal incentives can change from year to year, it is timely to develop new private sector alliances that can help homeowners save energy and money when they’re ready to do so.”
For more information, visit www.certainteed.com and www.resnet.us.
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others. Since 1995, RESNET-certified inspectors have rated more than 1 million homes. Homeowners looking for qualified inspectors or contractors can visit them at www.resnet.us or call 1-800-785-8154.
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 6,000 employees and more than 65 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 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 billion in 2010. www.certainteed.com