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CertainTeed Equips Building Professionals with New Online Tools to Help Homeowners Increase Energy Efficiency

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Through the introduction of three new online tools at www.certainteed.com/itools, CertainTeed Insulation is helping building professionals better market efficiency improvements to homeowners and provide extra value to their customers. The free online tools can be used to access information on rebates and incentives and the amount of insulation needed to provide optimum thermal comfort as well as an energy savings calculator.

“Ensuring that homeowners are aware of tax incentives and rebates can help building professionals close the deal on energy-efficiency projects,” explained Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “CertainTeed’s new online tools provide a useful selling aid and add credibility to the process.”

Powered by Green Ohm, a leader in providing manufacturers, retailers and contractors with rebate and incentive data and tools for energy efficient products, CertainTeed’s Rebate & Incentives Calculator enables homeowners to input a zip code and instantly receive a list of federal, state and local utility insulation incentives that apply to their area. The tool also provides instructions and any relevant forms associated with the incentive or rebate.

The Calculate Your Energy Savings tool estimates the energy savings associated with specific energy-efficiency improvements. The tool calculates savings based on the homeowner’s zip code, type of fuel used in the home, age of heating and cooling equipment, amount of existing insulation and amount of insulation to be installed.

To help explain the different types of insulation to homeowners, building professionals can use the Insulation Calculator. The calculator helps determine the recommended R-Value based on geographic region and specific area of a home, such as the attic, walls, and basement. The tool also helps calculate the square footage of the project to determine how much insulation is needed.

CertainTeed offers a comprehensive line of insulation products and equipment, including time-tested and trusted fiberglass insulation, fiberglass blow-in insulation, polyurethane spray foam, innovative vapor barrier technology, HVAC products as well as insulation blowing and foam application equipment. All of CertainTeed’s insulation products can help building professionals qualify toward credits for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) through the Canadian Green Building Council.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/itools.

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, 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