VALLEY FORGE, Pa., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CertainTeed Corporation, through its parent company Saint-Gobain, is once again sharing top honors for its outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Following a two-year run as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, the company received the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CertainTeed is the first and only fiberglass insulation manufacturer whose contributions have been recognized through the program.
"At CertainTeed, we foster a holistic culture of environmental responsibility in every aspect of our operations," said Peter Dachowski, president and CEO of CertainTeed. "Maximizing energy efficiency at our facilities is a top priority and we commend our employees' collective effort to help protect and preserve the environment."
The Sustained Excellence Award recognizes consistent efforts to use energy efficiently in facility operations and to integrate superior energy management into overall organizational strategy. Award winners are selected from organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. The accomplishments of Saint-Gobain, CertainTeed, and its U.S. companies were acknowledged at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 12.
Over the past three years, CertainTeed has implemented a wide range of process improvements and energy management practices that led to a 10 percent reduction in energy usage at its facilities. The company also continues to take a leadership role in manufacturing products that improve the energy efficiency of the built environment.
"Responsible manufacturing practices play an inherent role in reducing the impact on the environment during every stage of a product's life cycle," added Dachowski. "Through the development of innovative products that improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, CertainTeed is driving the building industry toward the most sustainable building practices and a more sustainable future."
CertainTeed offers a powerful portfolio of products that boost the energy efficiency of homes and buildings. Sustainable Insulation™, a new fiberglass insulation product, incorporates 35-percent recycled material and a plant-based binder that contains no phenol, formaldehyde, harsh acrylics or dyes. Featuring an industry-leading 40 percent solar reflectivity, Landmark Solaris™ Platinum roofing shingles reduce energy consumption by decreasing the temperature of a roof by up to 20 percent during the summer months. CedarBoards™ Insulated Siding and Energy Edge® help prevent energy loss through exterior walls and along concrete slab foundations, respectively. In addition, the EnerGen™ Photovoltaic Solar Roofing System features integrated UNI-SOLAR® thin-film laminates that seamlessly integrate with traditional asphalt roofing shingles.
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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. www.certainteed.com
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products manufacturer, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy efficient buildings. The company has over 265 locations in North America, and approximately 19,000 employees. Saint-Gobain businesses in North America include CertainTeed, a leading North American manufacturer and supplier of exterior and interior building products, Verallia, one of the leading glass container manufacturers in the United States, and Norton, the largest global manufacturer and supplier of performance engineered abrasives. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2010. For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 kinds of products as well as new homes and buildings. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $18 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas equivalent to those of 34 million cars. Products, homes and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. For more information, go to energystar.gov.
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