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CertainTeed’s New CertaCoat™ IC Ignition Barrier Provides Best-in-Class Fire Protection for Spray Foam Insulation


(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation is creating greater flexibility for its customers and greater safety for homeowners with a new, best-in-class ignition barrier, CertaCoat™ IC Intumescent Coating. Designed for use with CertainTeed’s CertaSpray® open cell polyurethane spray foam, CertaCoat IC is a single-component, latex-based coating that enhances the fire-rated performance of CertaSpray open cell foam insulation and delivers superior coverage at 200-square feet per gallon.

CertaCoat IC is specifically designed to provide an ignition barrier over CertaSpray open cell foam in attics or crawlspaces where access is restricted to service of utilities. CertaCoat IC complies with the AC377 Appendix X requirements, the modified room corner test as approved by ICC-ES and is listed in ESR 2668. Under this new requirement, all surfaces in an attic or crawlspace with restricted access to service of utilities must be covered with an ignition barrier, such as CertaCoat IC or fiberglass batts. Providing contractors enhanced flexibility, CertaCoat IC can be administered with an airless sprayer, roller or brush. In addition, CertaCoat IC is a latex-based product and easily cleans up with water.

“With the addition of CertaCoat IC to our product offering, CertainTeed is helping to increase the energy efficiency and safety in homes and buildings,” said Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “Contractors now have a single source for both spray foam and an ignition barrier, streamlining the process of meeting code requirements.”

Designed to solve tough installation requirements, CertaSpray foam insulation provides an effective seal, which reduces energy loss and improves the indoor air quality. CertaSpray helps meet the requirements of an ENERGY STAR® home and is only installed by CertainTeed qualified contractors in order to achieve the most rigorous quality standards.

CertainTeed offers a comprehensive line of insulation products and equipment, including time-tested and trusted fiberglass insulation batts and rolls, fiberglass blow-in insulation, polyurethane spray foam, innovative vapor retarder 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 both the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) through the Canadian Green Building Council.

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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, 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.