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CertainTeed Expands Production of Sustainable Insulation™ — Offering Industry’s Highest Third-Party Certified Recycled Content to the Entire Canadian Market

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Living up to its commitment of providing progressive, sustainable building solutions, CertainTeed Corporation’s fibreglass insulation manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Ontario has optimized its operations to manufacture the company’s Sustainable Insulation™. With this conversion, CertainTeed now offers all of Canada one of the industry’s most sustainable line of insulation products, boasting the highest third-party verified recycled content for fibreglass batts at a minimum of 67 percent.

In order to convert the plant, CertainTeed invested in an upgraded binder batching system to efficiently handle the plant-based binder within a low-impact manufacturing process. As a result of this process, the plant has already reduced its power usage by 15 percent.

“CertainTeed is setting a new standard for what it means for an insulation product to truly be sustainable by taking a holistic approach to how the product is developed,” says Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “No other insulation manufacturer has attained a higher minimum total product recycled content that has been verified by a third-party.”

At the Ottawa plant, the manufacturing process begins with a formula that uses organic, naturally abundant and recycled materials. It contains no phenol, formaldehyde, harsh acrylics, dyes or unnecessary fire retardants. In addition to sand, Sustainable Insulation consists of a recycled glass content of 71 percent and a plant-based binder. The total recycled content of the product has been verified by GreenCircle Certified, LLC.

Sustainable Insulation provides excellent thermal and acoustical properties, is water-resistant, and easy to install. It provides installers the added benefits of less itch, reduced dust, improved odour, and cutability. The product is GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM certified for superior indoor air quality.

Adding to the product’s sustainable appeal, compression packaging is used to move more product in fewer loads. Strategically located distribution centers minimize transportation needs and make the product easily accessible to Canada’s building industry nationwide.

CertainTeed offers a comprehensive line of insulation products and equipment, including time-tested and trusted fibreglass insulation, fibreglass blow-in insulation, polyurethane spray foam, innovative vapour 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 certainteed.com/insulation

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