Owens Corning qualifies for new product emission standard

The Greenguard Environmental Institute announced 21 March 2006 that Owens Corning has become the first insulation manufacturer to qualify for its stringent new Greenguard Product Emission Standard for…

The Greenguard Environmental Institute announced 21 March 2006 that Owens Corning has become the first insulation manufacturer to qualify for its stringent new Greenguard Product Emission Standard for Children and Schools. The certification includes Owens Corning faced and unfaced PINK fiberglass insulation batts and rolls, VaporWick(R) pipe insulation, flexible duct media, FoamSealR(TM) sill plate gasket, Foamular(R) and Celfort(R) extruded polystyrene insulation, metal building insulation ELAMINATOR(R) insulation system, Certified R and utility blanket, SOFTR(R) All-Service Fiber Glass Duct Wrap and QuietZone(R) acoustic batts and floor mats. The Greenguard Environmental Institute developed the school certification in response to rising concern over illnesses such as asthma and respiratory illness that are sometimes associated with poor indoor air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that half of US schools have indoor air quality problems, which are blamed for reducing student“s performance on mental tasks requiring concentration, calculation and memory. “The Greenguard Environmental Institute applauds Owens Corning in their continued commitment to furthering our mission of improving indoor air quality for children in schools,” said Carl Smith, CEO and executive director of the Greenguard Environmental Institute. “Products such as Owens Corning“s are certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute so that consumers can rest assured that their homes, work places and schools are healthy and safe environments.” The Greenguard Product Emission Standard for Children and Schools certification subjects products to rigorous emissions testing in an effort to protect school children from exposure to high levels of potentially harmful chemicals that may be released from furnishings, paint, flooring products and building products. “As the leader in the insulation market for 67 years, we are thrilled to be able to continue to be at the forefront of the market on issues facing the industry — especially when it relates to something as sensitive as children and schools,” said Gale Tedhams, product and program manager for residential insulation at Owens Corning. “Along with our industry leading 35% recycled content, acknowledgement from the Greenguard Environmental Institute gives our customers valid, third-party affirmation that our products continue to be on the cutting edge of green technology and meet the strictest guidelines for indoor air quality”.