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The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute Awards Owens Corning Masonry Products Prestigious GREENGUARD Certifications

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute Awards Owens Corning Masonry Products Prestigious GREENGUARD Certifications

Published 06-25-08

Submitted by Owens Corning

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute today announced that Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) Masonry Products is the first manufactured stone veneer maker to qualify for its GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified(R) and the even more stringent GREENGUARD Children & Schools(SM) product emission standards. The certifications are for the entire line of Cultured Stone(R) and ProStone(TM) veneer products. The qualifications showcase the company's continued commitment to sustainable industry leadership and stand alongside GREENGUARD certifications of a wide variety of Owens Corning insulation products, including faced and unfaced PINK fiberglass insulation batts and rolls, and Foamular(R) extruded polystyrene insulation.

"Acknowledgements from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute give our customers third-party validation that our products continue to be on the cutting edge of green technology and meet the strictest guidelines for indoor air quality," said Chuck Stein, president, Owens Corning Masonry Products, LLC. "The continued growth in the green market -- as much as 30 percent despite the slump in the overall housing market -- has created opportunities for builders and contractors to set themselves apart. We're helping our customers meet this demand in a way that doesn't compromise the world we leave to the future."

GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified is a product certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings, and finish systems. GREENGUARD Children & Schools is a product certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings, and finish systems used in educational (daycare and K-12) environments. All GREENGUARD products have been tested for their chemical emissions performance and can be found in the GREENGUARD Product Guide(SM) at http://www.greenguard.org.

"The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute applauds Owens Corning on its continued commitment to furthering our mission of improving indoor air quality," said Dr. Marilyn Black, Founder and Advisory Board Member of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. "Products such as Owens Corning's are certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute so that consumers can be assured that the products which they are buying are healthy for their indoor environments."

Owens Corning's corporate commitment to sustainability is also evidenced by recent advances in the design and manufacturing processes of the company's Cultured Stone(R) and ProStone(TM) brands:

  • Reclaimed content: Incorporation of up to 10 percent fly ash (a by-product of the coal-fired energy industry) and up to 10 percent reground scrap concrete reduced landfill waste by 56 percent per ton of product produced during 2007.
  • Recycled water: Implementation of a closed-loop system allowing water reuse during manufacturing lowered water consumption in North America from 2006-2007 by 42 percent per ton of product produced.
Durability is a core green value and both Cultured Stone(R) and ProStone(TM) veneers are capable of 50+ years of service. They meet or exceed the most stringent codes in the industry, including AC-51 as represented by ICC-Evaluation Service approval (ESR-1364) and never require painting, coating or sealing.

For more information about sustainability at Owens Corning please visit http://www.owenscorning.com/sustainability.

About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
GEI is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program(SM). As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments and buildings. Its mission is to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. GEI lists more than 150,000 GREENGUARD Certified products in its online product guide at http://www.greenguard.org.

About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500 company for 54 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability through delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass fiber technology with sales of $5 billion in 2007 and 19,000 employees in 26 countries on five continents. Additional information is available at http://www.owenscorning.com/.

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About Owens Corning

Owens Corning is a global building and construction materials leader committed to building a sustainable future through material innovation. Our three integrated businesses – Composites, Insulation, and Roofing – provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage our unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge to help our customers win and grow. We are global in scope, human in scale with approximately 20,000 employees in 33 countries dedicated to generating value for our customers and shareholders, and making a difference in the communities where we work and live. Founded in 1938 and based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Owens Corning posted 2021 sales of $8.5 billion. For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

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