With SFI, CertainTeed embraces sustainability
Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed is making a significant change to its kraft-faced fiberglass insulation by incorporating paper certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
The certification indicates that the kraft paper in CertainTeed insulation products is sourced from responsible forestry practices, helping the company minimize its environmental impact. CertainTeed’s supplier partner, Exopack, earned the certification status from SFI after a comprehensive application process.
“The selection of kraft paper backed by SFI certification reinforces CertainTeed’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of a product’s life cycle,” said Paul Valle, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “Fiberglass insulation is green by nature and has been a time-tested solution in boosting energy efficiency. Building professionals and homeowners now have a product that further reduces their impact on the environment.”
To achieve certification to the SFI standard, Exopack had to demonstrate that the majority of fiber used in the production of its product comes from companies certified under the SFI sourcing objectives. Specific procedures must be implemented so the flow of fiber through the manufacturing process is properly tracked and recorded. Regular internal audits, management reviews and annual audits, conducted by an independent organization, are all part of the requirements to maintain certification.
Wolf announces railing rebates
York, Pa.-based Wolf announced a rebate program on Deckorators CXT Railing.
During the “Go Pro CXT Railing Rebate,” contractors will receive a $100 Visa card for every $500 they spend on CXT Railing. Purchases must be made by Sept. 30.
CXT Railing is available exclusively from independent dealers in Wolf’s service area of 18 East Coast states.
CXT Railing, introduced early this year, has become popular with deck builders because of its unique “U-Bracket” design, which, according to Wolf, allows for easy installation and provides a fastener-free look. Pre-drilled rails increase the speed of installation by taking the guesswork out of baluster spacing. The CXT railing system is also CCRR-code approved.
Unemployment holds steady at 9.1%
Data released by the United States Department of Labor Friday showed the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1% in August.
Employment in construction; trade, transportation and utilities; financial activities; and leisure and hospitality changed little over the month, according to the release.
In August 2010, the unemployment rate stood at 9.6%.