Going for "Green" at the 2010 Olympics: CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding and ProRoc® Gypsum Products Featured in Net Zero Demonstration Home

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CertainTeed recently teamed up with RDC Fine Homes of Whistler, British Columbia, to build the Whistler Vision Net Zero House. Showcasing the concept of being self-sufficient for all energy needs, the home was constructed along the 2010 Winter Olympics route to the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain venue. The home is a perfect fit for the spirit of the Olympics with medal aspirations of its own, as it hopes to achieve LEED® Platinum — the highest attainable certification.

CertainTeed recently teamed up with RDC Fine Homes of Whistler, British Columbia, to build the Whistler Vision Net Zero House. Showcasing the concept of being self-sufficient for all energy needs, the home was constructed along the 2010 Winter Olympics route to the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain venue. The home is a perfect fit for the spirit of the Olympics with medal aspirations of its own, as it hopes to achieve LEED® Platinum — the highest attainable certification.

The first of its kind in British Columbia, the Whistler Vision Net Zero House is taking the lead in renewable energy, consuming no more energy than it is able to produce. The home will operate independently from the power grid and will harvest solar energy on-site. CertainTeed WeatherBoards(TM) Fiber Cement Siding also has an important role in the home’s sustainability strategy. Manufactured with a patented formula that includes 50 percent recycled content, it is an environmentally friendly product ideal for any green building project.

“The sustainable attributes of WeatherBoards make it an excellent fit for this high-profile building project. It consistently outperforms wood, with long-lasting durability and low maintenance. It is noncombustible, impervious to wood boring insects and won’t rot,” says Allison Barlaz, director of marketing for CertainTeed Corporation. “WeatherBoards also accurately emulate the classic look of wood siding, with the most authentic-looking grains and textures on the market.”

The 2,200 square-foot home features a variety of WeatherBoards profiles including cedar lap siding, Random Square Straight Edge shingles, soffit, fascia, smooth panel, window and door trim prefinished with the CertainTeed ColorMax® Finishing System in the shades of Newport Taupe, Nantucket Gray and Linen. The siding complements the wooded, alpine environment of the Whistler home, contributing to its overall aesthetic appeal.

“We chose WeatherBoards for a range of reasons,” said Richard Haywood, the project manager with RDC Fine Homes. “For example, it is easy to install, the look is exactly what we needed and it has amazing durability in the cold climate of Whistler. Another reason we chose the product is the variety of profiles and colors, which fit perfectly with our architectural design.”

The Whistler Vision Net Zero House also features CertainTeed® ProRoc® Gypsum Board with M2Tech® technology and ProRoc Setting Compound with M2Tech technology, designed for moisture and mold resistant interior walls and ceilings. ProRoc with M2Tech products are GREENGUARD Certified, manufactured with 100 percent recycled face and back paper, and can contribute to improved indoor air quality through their mold-resistant properties. In addition, the Whistler Vision Net Zero House includes ProRoc Type C fire-rated gypsum board and ProRoc joint tape and compounds to finish the house’s interior.

While Vancouver is the official host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Whistler is serving as a supplemental host venue. The Net Zero demonstration home will be open to thousands of Winter Olympic attendees for walk-through tours throughout February. To find out more about the Whistler Vision Net Zero House visit http://www.rdcfinehomes.com. For more information about CertainTeed, go to http://www.certainteed.com.

CertainTeed offers innovative, high-quality interior and exterior building products to the Canadian market through a network of 70 manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout Canada and the United States. Backed by cutting edge service and support from CertainTeed, Canadian building professionals can “Be Certain” about performance, style, energy efficiency and sustainability.

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® 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. http://www.certainteed.com.

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