Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Ceilings is boosting the sustainability of its Ecophon acoustical fiberglass ceiling panels with the addition a fiberglass manufacturing method that combines a high-recycled content with a renewable plant-based binding agent.
Called 3RD technology, the new binder reduces the environmental impact of the Ecophon product line, according to the company. With a formulation that includes 70% post-consumer recycled content, the panels are manufactured in facilities that derive a large percentage of their electricity from alternative energy sources and strive to reduce waste in packaging and transport.
“The introduction of 3RD Technology marks a major milestone in our efforts to bring truly innovative acoustical solutions to the marketplace,” said Dawn Chittick, director of marketing for CertainTeed Ceilings. “The sustainability and indoor air quality benefits of 3RD Technology make Ecophon a natural solution for NICUs, patient rooms, schools or anywhere where high sound absorption and low-VOC emissions are of key importance.”
Ecophon panels with 3RD Technology have been tested for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and found compliant to the current California Department of Public Health Standard Method Version 1.1, 2010 enabling these products to contribute to a healthier indoor environment, the company said.