CertainTeed Corporation Gets Energy Star Award

CertainTeed Corporation of Valley Forge, Pa., and its parent company, Saint-Gobain were selected as a 2009 Energy Star Partner of the Year for Energy Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a March 4 press release.

This award recognizes the company for its accomplishments and leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. CertainTeed, a North American manufacturer of building products, is the first-ever manufacturer of fiberglass insulation to win the award.

"This award is proof that CertainTeed is proactive in its approach to sustainability through our commitment to energy efficiency and our partnership with Energy Star," said Peter Dachowski, president and chief executive officer for CertainTeed Corp.

Well known for the manufacture of sustainable building products, environmental responsibility also plays a leading role in CertainTeed's daily operations. For example, the company's insulation facility in Chowchilla, Calif., was able to leverage its investment in metering and controls to reduce energy use in its manufacturing process. The advanced metering systems provided the information to operators that allowed them to make more informed decisions, which led to improved consistency and energy savings. CertainTeed's insulation plant in Athens, Ga., reduced energy consumption by 7 percent in 2008, while the Mountaintop, Pa., insulation plant reduced consumption by 6.11 percent per unit. The company's roofing plant in Shreveport, La., reduced its use of natural gas by 15 percent and received a 2008 Save Energy Now award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

CertainTeed products have been used in various energy efficient green building projects, such as the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, the tallest LEED(R) Gold certified building in the United States; 7 World Trade Center in New York and the world's first LEED Platinum home remodeling project in Minnetonka, Minn.