"Reducing the embodied carbon in building products has long been a discussion across the building industry"
TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today announced three types of commercial and
residential insulation, independently certified as made with renewable
energy, are available for specification and purchase. These products
represent the first ever to have met the requirements of SCS Global
Services’ certification protocol to validate electricity used to make
them is 100% wind powered, which, in turn, reduces their carbon
This certification follows the power purchase agreements Owens Corning
signed in 2015 that enabled new wind capacity in Texas and Oklahoma.
Both wind farms came online in late 2016 and can generate 1.1 million
megawatt hours of electricity per year. For every megawatt hourof
renewable electricity generated, the company receives one Renewable
Energy Credit (REC). It then applies the RECs toward the manufacture of
more sustainable products.
While the new offering helps Owens Corning reduce its carbon footprint –
its stated goal is a 50% reduction by 2020 over its 2010 baseline – the
certified insulation products, made with 100% wind energy, give
commercial architects and specifiers, builders, and even homeowners the
option of lower-carbon products to build greener structures. For
architects, the products will help them design buildings with reduced
life cycle impact and achieve the recognized goals of the Architecture
2030 Challenge and U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification.
“Reducing the embodied carbon in building products has long been a
discussion across the building industry,” said Frank O’Brien-Bernini,
Owens Corning vice president and chief sustainability officer. “We’re
excited to see it come to life through certifiedproducts made
with renewable energyand reduced embodied carbon.
“This next-step in our sustainability journey demonstrates our
commitment to our company’s value of expanding our impact through
sustainability, by reducing our environmental footprint and growing our
positive influence, or handprint,” said O’Brien-Bernini. “We are
continually seeking ways to deliver on that commitment.”
The three types of insulation available with the wind power
Thermafiber® RainBarrier® Continuous Insulation
Unbonded Loosefill Insulation
Embodied carbon refers to the carbon dioxide equivalent emitted
throughout the product life-cycle, including raw material extraction,
transportation, and manufacture.
Owens Corning Senior Scientist Nassreen Olang will share more during the
Greenbuild conference this week in Boston as she presents, “Producing
and Specifying Reduced Embodied Carbon Products.” Olang and other
company representatives will be available to answer questions. A
presentation will be given at the SCS Booth, Booth #1418, on Thursday,
Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Requests for and more information about these products should be
directed to email@example.com.
A simple explanation of the certification and its benefits is also
available through a supporting video.
SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in
third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing,
testing, and standards development for three decades. Our programs span
a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green
building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail,
and more. We are accredited to provide services under a wide range of
nationally and internationally recognized certification programs.
Consistent with our mission, we are a chartered benefit corporation,
reflecting our commitment to socially and environmentally responsible
business practices. Learn more at www.scsglobalservices.com.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation,
roofing and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale,
the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in
materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and
systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and
residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the
company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable.
Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better
place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2016 sales of $5.7
billion and employs about 17,000 people in 33 countries. It has been a
Fortune 500® company for 63 consecutive years. For more
information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.