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CertainTeed Ceilings Introduces Industry's First VOC-Compliant Flexible Size Ceiling System for Greater Freedom of Design


CertaSize™ VOC-Compliant Symphony® f Backs Superior Acoustical Performance and Durability With Unmatched Transparency and Sustainability

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Ceilings is giving architects and designers the flexibility to bring the superior acoustical performance, durability and sustainability of the company's trusted Symphony® ceiling panels to a greater number of projects with CertaSize™ VOC-Compliant Symphony f, the industry's only VOC-compliant flexible size ceiling system. By offering a wide range of modular panel sizes, the new panels support a clean, custom ceiling visual by removing the clutter of air return vents, light fixtures and other mechanical elements.

CertaSize VOC-Compliant Symphony f is also the only flexible size ceiling system on the market with a published environmental product declaration (EPD) and health product declaration (HPD), offering third-party verified information on both life cycle sustainability and the product's material makeup. These documents contribute to important materials and resources credits under the newest version of LEED.

"The addition of flexible size capability means Symphony ceilings—and all the performance benefits the brand is known for—are now a preferable solution for an even greater number of projects," said Christine Fonock-Smith, product manager for CertainTeed Ceilings. "The flexibility of this product means architects and designers no longer have to sacrifice performance for design. And we're backing that performance up with best-in-class sustainability and product transparency, establishing a single source for optimum interior environments."

CertaSize VOC-Compliant Symphony f supports a clean ceiling visual by addressing on-center spacing requirements for mechanical penetrations, such as light fixtures and air return vents, allowing the designer to isolate these elements into 4-, 6- or 12-inch wide linear areas. This means the ceiling can be designed without being constrained by the limits of traditional acoustical panels. The custom sizes also reduce labor costs by eliminating the need to hand cut panels on site to fit the desired design.

The panels feature CertainTeed’s Overtone® finish, which gives the panels a bright appearance and a high light reflectance of 0.90, which enhances daylighting and provides an excellent platform for integration with indirect lighting systems. It also brings a number of performance attributes including superior durability and cleanability. CertaSize VOC-Compliant Symphony f can withstand more than 1,000 cleaning cycles with sanitizing chemicals, exceeds Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI) guidelines for most healthcare applications and is certified for clean room design to ISO Class 4.

The product's fiberglass core consists of 36 to 38 percent post-consumer recycled content and has been third-party tested by Berkeley Analytical for emissions, meeting the acceptable VOC emission levels for classrooms and private offices in the California Department of Public Health Standard Method V1.1. The panels offer outstanding sound absorption with an NRC of 0.95 and CAC of 25, making them ideal for reducing unwanted noise and establishing speech privacy in open plan environments.

CertainTeed Ceilings has also added flexible size options to its Symphony m mineral fiber ceiling panels. Because both products feature the company’s Overtone finish, CertaSize Symphony m and VOC-Compliant Symphony f can be installed within a single space for added acoustical control while maintaining a seamless ceiling visual. With a total recycled content of 66 percent, CertaSize Symphony m is comprised of a mineral core with a reinforced mat face and provides an NRC of 0.70 and a CAC of 35, desirable for containing sound in places like private offices or medical exam rooms.

As experts in the science of sound, CertainTeed Ceilings serves as a single source for high-quality ceilings that create acoustically friendly, aesthetically captivating environments. Encompassing the Performa®, Ecophon® and Gyptone® brands along with Decoustics® — a leader in high-precision, custom-engineered solutions — the company offers the perfect balance of innovation, budget and beauty with products that range from basic high-performance panels to premium, customizable systems. Through its focus on Environmental Acoustics™ Design, CertainTeed Ceilings is committed to creating optimal environments for learning, working and healing. The company offers ceiling panels with one of the highest concentrations of recycled content in the industry as well as a recycling program for used ceiling panels. The company also leads the industry in product transparency, with Environmental Product Declarations and Health Product Declarations contributing to important materials and sources credits under LEED v4.

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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 six 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 2013.