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CertainTeed Corporation Cuts Energy Loss From Slab Edges with New EnergyEdge(R) Insulating Form

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation is expanding its portfolio of time-saving foundation products that boost energy efficiency with the introduction of EnergyEdge(R) insulating concrete slab edge forms.

The patent-pending EnergyEdge system is designed to prevent energy loss along the uninsulated concrete slab edge. The system consists of PVC rails, snap-on braces and expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. The rails are available in 12-foot lengths and can be cut using standard building tools to form a perimeter for the construction of the slab. EnergyEdge provides a R-10 thermal resistance value and meets International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements.

“Industry studies show that between 8 and 24 percent of energy loss in buildings is through uninsulated slab edges,” says Tom Compton, AIA, who designed the system and currently serves as the president of EnergyEdge, LLC. “EnergyEdge fills a critical void in the market and plays an important role in maximizing the energy efficiency of a home.”

EnergyEdge can be used with various foundation types. Since the system remains in place after construction, there is no need for labor-intensive stripping and recovery of forming materials, which also reduces waste, hauling and landfill costs. EnergyEdge complements and improves the performance of wall assemblies, exterior finishes, and mechanical systems. The system contributes toward ENERGY STAR(R) ratings, LEED(R) points and NAHB Green Building Standards.

“EnergyEdge is an excellent alternative to wooden form boards in that it saves a builder time and money while improving their productivity and reducing the environmental impact of their buildings,” says Keith Reifke, national sales manager for CertainTeed’s Pipe & Foundations business. “We are thrilled to bring this innovative, easy-to-install system to our customers.”

The EnergyEdge product line also includes EnergyFlash(R), a flashing material that can be used in retrofit applications on existing homes. EnergyFlash attaches to the existing slab edge around the perimeter of a home’s foundation to provide protection and a finished look to a thermal barrier.

EnergyEdge joins CertainTeed’s line of premium foundation products, which includes: Form-A-Drain(TM), a patented three-in-one concrete footing form system, foundation drainage system and sub-slab perimeter radon reduction system; ThermaEZE(TM), an innovative technology that provides a cost-effective means for building thermally efficient above-and below-grade poured concrete walls; and Platon(R), a unique air-gap polyethylene waterproofing membrane that protects against wall, flooring and underslab moisture.

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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, 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.

About EnergyEdge

EnergyEdge, LLC was formed in May 2004 by R. Tom Compton, AIA, its president, developer, and majority owner. Inspired by increased enforcement of existing energy-code design standards for building envelope performance, the EnergyEdge system was developed to satisfy the critical transition from below-grade foundation insulation to the above-grade wall systems.  The system has been installed in various project types from coast-to-coast.  Notable projects include: the LEED gold Sun Chips Business Incubator in Greensburg, Kan.; the LEED platinum Southface Office Building in Atlanta, Ga.; the Ultimate Home Design, in Sea Ranch, Calif.; and, numerous Habitat for Humanity homes built to meet ENERGY STAR standards.

In March 2010, EnergyEdge will grant CertainTeed national distribution rights in North America. EnergyEdge, LLC will continue to design and market products to cut energy consumption in buildings.





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