New Corporate Sustainability Report Demonstrates CertainTeed’s Commitment to Environmental Preservation
“We believe strongly in setting sustainability goals, tracking our progress and sharing the results with our employees, suppliers, customers and the communities that we all live in,” says Chris Altmansberger, vice president of operations support and process sustainability at CertainTeed Corporation. “We continue to demonstrate our commitment by creating a culture which is more responsible to our surrounding environment.”
One of CertainTeed’s most notable environmental achievements was a substantial reduction in energy use by its facilities — a savings that kept more than 70,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. The savings is the equivalent of the carbon dioxide absorbed by 3 million trees in a year.
“We’re extremely proud of the significant reductions we’ve made in this area in addition to water usage and the amount of waste that our facilities generate,” adds Altmansberger.
As a result of the company’s accomplishments and leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, CertainTeed has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and 2010.
“In addition to responsible manufacturing processes, influencing the entire life cycle of our products through stewardship and innovation is inherent to CertainTeed’s commitment to sustainability,” says Aman Desouza, director of innovation and product sustainability at CertainTeed. “Doing our part for the environment is one of the best ways we can serve our customers and our world today and for generations to come.”
In recent years, CertainTeed has developed several innovative, new products that contribute to sustainability of homes and buildings. Many of these products include high-recycled content, help conserve energy and improve indoor air quality (IAQ). Products include: Sustainable Insulation™, manufactured to improve energy efficiency without any added formaldehydes, acrylics, dyes or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals; EnerGen™ photovoltaic roofing panels, a renewable energy source that also offers aesthetic curb appeal; and AirRenew™ gypsum board, a revolutionary product that actively improves indoor air quality.
The evaluation of life cycle impacts of CertainTeed products has also played a leading role in maximizing their sustainability. For example, CertainTeed Corporation is one of the first building product manufacturers to develop programs to reclaim vinyl siding and roofing shingles at the end of their lives and recycle them into new, useful products.
CertainTeed employees are well trained to be environmental stewards and safe workers. Twenty-two CertainTeed manufacturing facilities have been inducted into Saint-Gobain’s Millionaires Club — a program designed to reward plants that have operated at least 1 million work hours without a lost-time accident.
CertainTeed helps many local organizations with donations of money, products, education and volunteer support from its employees. For example, the company has donated several products and technical support over the years for projects that benefit families in need and also donated a variety of products to the landmark sustainable rebuilding of tornado-stricken Greensburg, Kan.
For more information on sustainable building, or to download a copy of CertainTeed’s Corporate Sustainability Report, go to www.certainteed.com/buildingresponsibly.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed 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. In 2009 and 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2010. www.certainteed.com.