Sustainable Gypsum Board actively improves indoor air quality.

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Helping to create healthy indoor environment, AirRenew(TM) wallboard permanently reduces VOCs circulating indoors. Design actively helps clean air by capturing VOCs and converting them into inert compounds that safely remain within board, while integrated M2Tech® technology provides moisture and mold protection that meets ASTM G 21 and D 3273 standards. Also designed for fire resistance, product is suited for use in hospitals, schools, and office buildings.

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CertainTeed Gypsum Revolutionizes Wallboard Industry with Sustainable Gypsum Board that Improves Indoor Air Quality

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- CertainTeed Gypsum introduces a revolutionary and ground-breaking approach to improving indoor air quality with AirRenew(TM) gypsum board. Building on a proven platform of superior protection against mold and moisture, CertainTeed has developed a patent-pending, innovative technology to further create a healthy indoor environment. The first of its kind, AirRenew wallboard permanently reduces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) circulating indoors.

AirRenew actively helps clean the air by capturing VOCs - formaldehyde and other aldehydes - by converting them into inert compounds that safely remain within the board. For superior moisture and mold protection - which further improves indoor air quality - AirRenew also features M2Tech® technology, which is specially engineered to provide enhanced protection against moisture and mold. M2Tech achieves the best possible scores for mold resistance based on the stringent performance criteria of both ASTM G 21 and D 3273.

"Traditionally, increasing ventilation has been the most common remedy for improving indoor air quality; now AirRenew offers a new, cutting-edge solution," explains John Donaldson, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. "AirRenew can help ensure healthy indoor air in a very effective yet unobtrusive manner, easily providing peace of mind for generations."

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sources of VOCs inside a building include pressed wood products that are made using adhesives, such as sub-flooring, shelving, cabinets, and furniture. Other factors, such as ventilation rate, temperature, and humidity can also impact indoor air quality.

"Replacing carpeting, cabinets, shelving or furniture in a renovation project often introduces new sources of VOCs into indoor environments well after initial construction," adds Donaldson. "AirRenew is a good choice for buildings with stringent air quality requirements, such as hospitals, schools, and office buildings, because it will help improve the interior environment for its occupants."

AirRenew is the most sustainable gypsum board in the industry, featuring a wide range of performance and installation benefits. In addition to improving indoor air quality, AirRenew is designed for fire resistance. CertainTeed's AirRenew will help meet the VOC concentration limits, mold resistance, and recycled content criteria recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® certification program. AirRenew will soon be available for sale across the U.S. and Canada.

CertainTeed Gypsum, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's leading producer of gypsum products, offers a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs. This, in combination with the full range of CertainTeed building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for institutional, commercial, and residential building projects.

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About CertainTeed

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(R) 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 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 2009.

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