CertainTeed Deepens Relationship with Homes for Our Troops
Expanded building material donations and volunteer support help build homes and rebuild lives
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – By cultivating more employee and contractor partner volunteers, CertainTeed is strengthening its commitment to the nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops and its mission of “Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives.”
Since its founding in 2004, Homes for Our Troops has built over 190 mortgage-free, specially adapted energy-efficient homes for Veterans injured in combat after September 11, 2001. CertainTeed, North America’s leading building materials manufacturer and a multi-year sponsor of Homes for Our Troops, has expanded its donations to become the exclusive provider of the roofing, insulation and gypsum products, and actively encourages employees to participate in the numerous Homes for Our Troops volunteer days taking place throughout the United States.
“This partnership goes beyond donating building products and volunteering labor,” said Mike Singleton, regional sales manager for CertainTeed Insulation. “Seeing the home come together and the impact it has on everyone involved with the family is so deep and so meaningful, words can hardly describe it.”
With more than 40 homes constructed annually throughout the U.S., an enormous team effort is needed on the local level to install materials correctly and on time. Each build relies heavily on partnerships and donations, which CertainTeed helps cultivate through its network of qualified contractors and distributors such as Fleetwood Drywall, Inc. of Baldwinsville, New York.
“When we are approached, we assist without hesitation,” said Jack Needle, President of Fleetwood Drywall, Inc. “We reach out to our suppliers for providing materials and we donate any overhead costs. It’s definitely a worthwhile undertaking and we look forward to continued participation.”
Each four-bedroom, two-bath home is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, complete with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Construction of a home takes five to seven months, with the cost of each build averaging $430,000.
The homes all feature a CertainTeed interior wall system, including Sustainable Insulation® fiberglass batts, made from recycled and renewable content; and high-performance gypsum products tailored to the specific needs of each room. For spaces prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, M2Tech® Moisture & Mold Resistant wallboard andGlasRoc® Diamondback® tile backer are selected. These interior materials are also GREENGUARD® Gold Certified for low chemical emissions, meeting stringent standards for improving the quality of the air in which the products are used.
A CertainTeed Integrity Roof System™ - comprised of underlayment, shingles, accessories and ventilation products - is installed on each home to provide optimum protection from the elements. The Landmark™shingle series offers new homeowners a wide array of color blends to choose from, and come backed by an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty. For complete comfort, all attics are insulated with InsulSafe® SP premium blowing wool.
“Despite life-altering injuries, many of these heroes have embarked on new careers, completed college degrees and started families,” says Tim McHale, President/CEO of Homes for Our Troops. “Because of sponsors like CertainTeed, Veterans don’t have to worry about a mortgage, but instead are empowered to focus on recovering and rebuilding their lives.”
To learn more about CertainTeed’s Homes for Our Troops sponsorship, visit www.certainteed.com/followtheproject.
About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its founding in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to HFOT has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. www.hfotusa.org
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 110 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, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, and celebrating its 350th anniversary, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For seven 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 2015 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2014. www.certainteed.com