CertainTeed Corporation and its sister Saint-Gobain companies in North America are honored to be selected for the second straight year as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Energy Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. – CertainTeed Corporation and its sister
Saint-Gobain companies in North America are honored to be selected for the
second straight year as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Energy
Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This prestigious award recognizes all of Saint-Gobain’s
North American businesses, including CertainTeed, for their accomplishments and
leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
In 2009, Saint-Gobain’s energy-use reduction equated to a
reduction in carbon dioxide emissions released to the atmosphere of more than
70,000 tons, a savings equivalent to the amount of energy required to
manufacture wallboard to cover nearly 45,000 homes or insulate 100,000 homes.
“CertainTeed is committed to preserving our environment
through sustainable manufacturing and developing products that will improve
energy efficiency,” says Peter Dachowski, president and CEO for CertainTeed
Corporation. “We are pleased with our employees’ dedication to energy
management which has made this year’s ENERGY STAR Partner of Year award
Well known for the manufacture of sustainable building
products, environmental responsibility also plays a leading role in
CertainTeed’s daily operations. The company’s insulation facility in Chowchilla, Calif.,
recently completed an energy efficiency project that will reduce overall plant
energy consumption by 274kW per year, which is equal to the electricity use of
approximately 25 homes per year. Energy savings were identified that will not
only reduce greenhouse emissions but will yield productivity improvements as
well. CertainTeed is the only fiberglass insulation manufacturer awarded the
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.
In 2009, the ceilings plant in L’Anse, Mich., demonstrated a perfect management of
resources with local electric company, Warden Electric. Converting from coal,
oil, and natural gas fuel to a biomass powered plant, Warden Electric transfers
the excess steam from the plant to CertainTeed for use in its production in
mineral fiber ceiling tiles, displacing the use of natural gas, previously used
to run the product dryers.
Additionally, CertainTeed provides scrap generated
in its production process to the power plant to be burned for additional green
biomass input. More than 400 tons of material per day is diverted from landfills
to produce additional green energy resources for public use.
CertainTeed is not only a leader in resourceful
manufacturing operations, but also in the manufacture of products that help
create more comfortable and healthy homes and buildings.
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winners include
Fortune 500 companies and small business, all dedicated to reaching annual
goals to shrink energy use. Introduced by the EPA in 1992, ENERGY STAR works
with more than 17,000 organizations to improve the energy efficiency of
products, homes and businesses. ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award winners
were selected from the organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR
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