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CertainTeed Boosts Sustainable Appeal of Fiberglass Insulation with SFI-Certified Kraft Paper

(Valley Forge, Pa.) — CertainTeed is making a significant change to its kraft-faced fiberglass insulation by incorporating paper certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard, the world’s largest single international forest certification standard.

The certification indicates that the kraft paper in CertainTeed insulation products is sourced from responsible forestry practices, helping the company minimize its environmental impact. CertainTeed’s supplier partner, Exopack, earned the certification status from SFI after a comprehensive application process.

“The selection of kraft paper backed by SFI certification reinforces CertainTeed’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of a product’s life cycle,” said Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “Fiberglass insulation is green by nature and has been a time-tested solution in boosting energy efficiency. Building professionals and homeowners now have a product that further reduces their impact on the environment.”

To achieve certification to the SFI standard, Exopack had to demonstrate that the majority of fiber used in the production of its product comes from companies certified under the SFI sourcing objectives. Specific procedures must be implemented so the flow of fiber through the manufacturing process is properly tracked and recorded. Regular internal audits, management reviews and annual audits, conducted by an independent organization, are all part of the requirements to maintain certification.

“We strongly support SFI’s mission in promoting sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value,” said Paul Kearns, vice president of marketing for Exopack. “CertainTeed and Exopack are united in this effort to protect our natural resources.”

CertainTeed offers a comprehensive line of insulation products and equipment, including time-tested and trusted fiberglass insulation batts and rolls, fiberglass blow-in insulation, polyurethane spray foam, innovative vapor retarder technology and highly regarded HVAC products. The newest addition, Sustainable Insulation™, is created with the entire life cycle in mind for increased sustainability. All of CertainTeed’s insulation products can help building professionals qualify toward credits for both the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) through the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Program.

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, vinyl and fiber cement 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 and the largest global insulation 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

About Exopack

Managing eighteen production facilities strategically positioned across North America and the United Kingdom, as well as a global network of alliance partners, Exopack is an established leader in the development, manufacture, and sourcing of flexible packaging and coatings solutions for various consumer and industrial end-use markets. As a leader in the packaging industry, Exopack is also a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. www.exopack.com