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Enhanced Sustainable Insulation™ SoftTouch™ Duct Wrap from CertainTeed Combines Complete Indoor Comfort with Superior Handling and Installation


Plant based, formaldehyde-free binder makes product more contractor-friendly while helping achieve indoor air quality benchmarks

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed is making it easier for HVAC contractors to ensure optimal indoor comfort with its newly enhanced Sustainable Insulation™ SoftTouch™ Duct Wrap. The product offers improvements in cutting and handling that will be sure to please installers, while maintaining the company's proven fiberglass product performance.

"There has been an increase in demand for insulation products that are sustainable, offer lower VOCs, and have less itch and dust when being installed," said Jim Voitel, product manager, technical insulation for CertainTeed. "We're pleased to offer a new SoftTouch product that specifically addresses contractors' needs and keeps our commitment to continually improve our high performance line of mechanical insulation products."

Sustainable Insulation SoftTouch is a resilient fiberglass blanket-type insulation that provides superior thermal efficiency by reducing unwanted heat loss or gain in both rectangular and round heating, ventilating and air conditioning ductwork. It is available as an unfaced blanket or with an FSK, gray PSK or white PSK vapor retarder facing, which helps to eliminate condensation on cold ductwork surfaces.

The product is now manufactured with recycled and renewable content including a plant-based binder that is formaldehyde-free and contains no harsh acrylics, dyes or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. The key benefit of the product's new formulation is that SoftTouch generates much less dust—for a low-itch product that's easy on installers. It also helps to ensure optimal indoor air quality and meets GREENGUARD Gold standards for low chemical emissions.

CertainTeed is the only manufacturer with a truly 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, and highly regarded 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 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Building Standard supported by the National Association of Home Builders.

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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 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 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 2014.