CertainTeed Products Help Homes for Our Troops Give Injured Veterans a Fresh Start
High-Performance Roofing, Insulation and Gypsum Ensure Homeowners a Lifetime of Comfort
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured Veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the Veterans they serve. The company's contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S. ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable performance.
"Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation's most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home," said Bill Ivey, Executive Director, at Homes for Our Troops. "It's an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed's involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time."
The one-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.
Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System™, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. Asphalt shingle choices will include the durable Landmark™ 30-year color-blended line of shingles with the widest array of colors and backed by an industry-leading, limited lifetime warranty.
CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation® fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard. Sustainable Insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, acrylics or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. For areas of the home prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, the team will install M2Tech® Moisture & Mold Resistant gypsum board and Diamondback® GlasRoc® tile backer. CertainTeed Type X gypsum board, which offers a one-hour fire rating, will be used in the garage and mechanical room, and each home’s attic will be insulated with InsulSafe® SP premium blowing wool.
A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.
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For more information about Homes for Our Troops, visit www.hfotusa.org.
About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 that is strongly committed to building specially adapted homes for the over 1700 Service Members nationwide who have returned home with life-altering injuries post 9/11. Our Veterans are among the nation's most severely injured with missing limbs, varying levels of paralysis and traumatic brain injury (TBI).We assist these Veterans and their families by raising money, and providing building materials and professional labor to coordinate the construction of a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. These homes are provided mortgage-free to the Veterans we serve.
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 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013. www.certainteed.com