When it comes to sustainability, CertainTeed is "all in." At the 2010 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, the company (Booth C2026) offers a sneak peek of seven new products that incorporate meaningful sustainable attributes with mainstream appeal. The two new products headlining the show include EnerGen™, a photovoltaic roofing panel for residential applications, and Sustainable Insulation™, a new fiberglass insulation product meeting the strictest California Indoor Air Quality Requirements that incorporates recycled materials, a bio-based organic binder, and a low impact manufacturing process.
A breakthrough in the roofing industry, the EnerGen system features integrated UNI-SOLAR® thin-film photovoltaic laminates that seamlessly integrate with traditional asphalt roofing shingles and provide utility savings for homeowners. The lightweight and flexible design requires no rooftop penetrations making the system easier for conventional roofing contractors to install while maintaining roof deck integrity. EnerGen offers consumers a seamless solution to their needs by providing roofing protection and aesthetic appeal while creating clean, renewable energy. At the show, EnerGen will be displayed alongside CertainTeed's Landmark Solaris™ solar reflective roofing shingles – a demonstration of how solar reflective and photovoltaic technologies work in tandem to create a high performance, visually appealing roof.
"EnerGen is the first step in what we hope will be a comprehensive portfolio of photovoltaic roofing products for residential and commercial applications," says Guillaume Texier, president of CertainTeed Roofing. "EnerGen will give homeowners the ability to generate solar power for a home without sacrificing aesthetic appeal."
In the continued spirit of environmental responsibility, CertainTeed also introduces Sustainable Insulation. The offering includes fiberglass insulation with a new proprietary, organic binder that is comprised of rapidly renewable bio-based materials and contains no phenol formaldehyde, harsh acrylics or dyes. In conjunction with the new binder technology, the use of readily available renewable resources to manufacture the insulation adds to the product's sustainable appeal. In addition to sand – an abundant natural resource – CertainTeed fiberglass insulation consists of a recycled glass content of 35 percent. In the manufacturing process, CertainTeed has reduced its energy usage over the years, utilizes closed-loop water systems, and embraces a zero-waste commitment.
"As the building industry continues to seek ways to improve energy efficiency and incorporate environmentally friendly products into building designs, CertainTeed's Sustainable Insulation provides a great option for the industry to build more responsibly," says Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. "It is yet another example of how CertainTeed is growing its line of innovative product offerings developed with the environment in mind."
In addition to EnerGen and Sustainable Insulation, CertainTeed is showcasing five other new products at IBS:
WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding Shakes –WeatherBoards Individual Shakes round out an impressive existing portfolio of fiber cement siding products that feature the beauty of cedar shakes without the drawbacks of wood. A durable, noncombustible siding with a 50 percent recycled content, WeatherBoards Individual Shakes are available in three sizes that provide enhanced design flexibility as well as ease of installation. The shakes can be installed with a straight or staggered edge and can be used in whole house applications or accent areas.
CedarBoards™ Board & Batten Insulated Siding – Alternating wide and narrow vertical vinyl panels, CedarBoards Board & Batten Insulated Siding creates a simple design for a variety of architectural styles. The siding has a 10-inch board and 2-inch batten, the industry's widest vinyl board span – and features an even, flat-face board design replicating the look of true cedar board in an easy-care, low-maintenance material. Its custom-contoured foam backing helps increase the overall thermal performance of a wall by up to 30 percent, improves exterior wall strength and impact resistance, and reduces exterior noise.
EverNew® Decking and Railing – To meet the growing demand for wood plastic composites (WPC), CertainTeed is introducing four new decking and railing products to its comprehensive outdoor product offering – EverNew PT and EverNew 20 decking, EverNew Spectrum™ and EverNew 20 railing. Each of the products offer the realistic appearance of wood in a durable, low-maintenance material and is backed by a 20-year warranty. The products boast an average recycled content of 25 percent and are resistant to insect damage, splinters and decay.
ProRoc® Extra Abuse Gypsum Board with M2Tech® – Providing three vital performance attributes – protection against indentations, moisture and mold and fire resistance – ProRoc Extra Abuse Gypsum Board with M2Tech is ideal for high traffic areas. With a specially formulated, fire-resistant Type X noncombustible core, the board is enclosed in 100 percent recycled paper that is treated with bio inhibitors to protect against mold growth. In addition, the board offers greater resistance to abuse in busier areas of a building than regular gypsum board.
Theatre Black f® Ceiling Panels – Theatre Black f is a fiberglass ceiling panel specifically developed to meet acoustical and aesthetic requirements and is ideal for entertainment areas. The decorative rich black matte finish creates a unique atmosphere without any shine or reflection, while also maintaining acoustical control with an NRC of .75-.90. The recycled content of this product (33-39 percent) has been verified through a third-party analysis and has been GreenCircle™ certified.
For more information about these and other CertainTeed products, visit www.certainteed.com.
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, windows, 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, 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 2009.