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Kansas School Boosts Energy Efficiency with CertainTeed Slab Edge Insulation

(Valley Forge, Pa.) –When designing a Head Start early education facility in Iola, Kan., David C. Fish Architect, of Pittsburg, Kan., needed a slab insulation solution that would comply with energy conservation codes, increase energy efficiency and offer a more streamlined installation. The firm found this in CertainTeed® EnergyEdge™ slab edge insulation.

“This was the first time I’d specified EnergyEdge, and I’m very happy with it,” says David Fish, principal of David C. Fish Architect. “This product simplifies the forming and insulating processes by combining them into one step, providing a smoother installation than other insulated slab systems we have specified. It worked out really well for us.”

EnergyEdge, consisting of PVC rails, snap-on braces and expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation, is designed to prevent energy loss along the un-insulated concrete slab edge. The rails come in 12-foot lengths and are cut using standard building tools to form a perimeter for the construction of the slab. EnergyEdge provides a R-10 thermal resistance value and meets International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements.

“Foundation insulation has become an integral component of most energy efficiency strategies in new homes and buildings, as 8 to 24 percent of energy lost in buildings passes through un-insulated slab edges,” says Mark DaSilva, marketing manager for CertainTeed Foundations Group. “EnergyEdge is an excellent alternative to traditional slab on grade foundation insulation options because it saves time for the contractor by consolidating the foundation forming and insulating steps while increasing overall energy efficiency.”

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), owner of Iola Head Start, hired general contractor Hofer & Hofer & Associates, of Humbolt, Kan., to build the facility. With a crew of five, Hofer & Hofer formed and poured the slab, using 260 feet of EnergyEdge, completing the job in one day. The HeadStart facility was completed in plenty of time for the 2011-12 school year. SEK-CAP was pleased with the final results and looks forward to the lower utility bills of an energy-efficient building with an insulated slab.

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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.