Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. said it is the first building materials manufacturer to achieve the new GreenCircle Certified multi-attribute, third-party certification.
The new Certified Environmental Facts (CEF) label is now available on CedarBoards insulated vinyl siding packaging. Much like a nutrition label, it details environmental information and provides sustainable product attributes and key manufacturing impact reductions. The idea behind the program is to allow products with the CEF certification to be easily evaluated to identify the most sustainable option for remodeling and new construction projects.
“The value of this new certification is that it provides an upfront, concise explanation of the total sustainability of a product and a higher level of transparency,” said Brian Kirn, product manager for CertainTeed Siding Products Group. “It also provides us with targets for advancement, identifying specific impact categories to allow us to develop better products and more efficient processes.”
Molded from real cedar boards and backed with polystyrene insulation, CedarBoards can increase overall thermal performance -- which helps to reduce heating and cooling costs. It is also the first vinyl siding to be evaluated with an independent, third-party verified life cycle assessment (LCA), CertainTeed said.
Founded in 2010, GreenCircle has established the ‘Gold Standard’ for green product certifications. As a leading third-party verifier of environmental claims, GreenCircle validates each aspect of the new multi-attribute certification label for total transparency.