Saint-Gobain announced its support of the 2011 Solar Decathlon team from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and University of Massachusetts Lowell.
VALLEY FORGE, Pa.
– Saint-Gobain announced its support of the 2011 Solar Decathlon team
from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and University of Massachusetts
Known as Team Massachusetts, the students will compete for the first time in The
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a biennial event that challenges collegiate teams from
around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are
cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.
As a lead sponsor,
Saint-Gobain has donated a robust mix of more than 30 building products, largely
from its key subsidiary CertainTeed Corporation, North America’s leading manufacturer of exterior and
interior building products, as well as from its other businesses: Saint-Gobain
Abrasives, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and Norandex. In addition to product support, the company offered
building science expertise to assist Team Massachusetts in constructing a house that
adjusts to a homeowner’s shifting needs, environment, and economic state.
are inspired by Team Massachusetts’ efforts and share its vision that we should
collectively seek to expect more from our buildings – making them more
efficient, durable, sustainable and healthy,” said Gilles Colas, President and
CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation. “We embrace the opportunity to help advance the
team’s goals of building a super-efficient home of the future by providing them
with a wide range of innovative products available today from the Saint-Gobain
family of companies.”
As Team Massachusetts set out to build an
ultra-efficient house that could effectively compete against some of the best
student teams from across the globe, the team recognized Saint-Gobain and its
family of companies could help enhance its efficiency goals.
“We are grateful
to Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed for their generous support including products
and expertise,” said Spencer Culhane, an architecture student at Massachusetts
College of Art and Design and the project manager for Team Massachusetts. “In
identifying and selecting our lead sponsors, it was critical that our partners
share in our belief that efficient technology and passive strategies are in fact
attainable when building a home today, and we found this with Saint-Gobain and
Products selected to help Team Massachusetts achieve its energy efficiency,
sustainability and affordability goals include:
CertaSpray™ Foam Insulation from
CertainTeed is sprayed into a building cavity and quickly expands to fill
openings that may potentially leak air. The foam insulation provides an
effective seal, which reduces energy loss and improves indoor air quality.
the case of the 4D Home, CertainTeed recommended that Team Massachusetts
implement a hybrid insulation system that combines four inches of CertaSpray Foam on
the backside of the home’s sheathing with CertainTeed’s OPTIMA® Fiberglass
Insulation filling the remainder of the cavity. This approach delivers an
R-value that is almost equivalent to a passive
house at a significant
cost savings compared to a foam-only approach.
A number of products used
inside the 4-D Home are helping to enhance the indoor environment quality (IEQ),
CertainTeed Fiber Cement
Backer Board retains the rigidity of cement, but its fiber components
make the board much lighter and more flexible than traditional all cement
backer board. The board’s dense, non-porous surface make it superb for moisture
resistance, and it is also made of 40% post-consumer recycled content.
CertainTeed Diamondback Tile Backer is
gypsum-based so it is lighter and less brittle, which helps to prevent joint
cracking. And, because it is reinforced with glass instead of paper, it too is
mold resistant, making it ideal for the kitchen and bathroom walls inside the 4D
A number of products from the FibaTape® line from Saint-Gobain
ADFORS were also used to boost the indoor environment quality.
Unlike traditional paper tape which is susceptible to mold growth, FibaTape is
made of fiberglass offering superior mold resistance.
While the environment
inside the home is essential, Team Massachusetts will also be evaluated in the
Decathlon competition on the attractiveness of the home. To help in this effort,
the team turned to solutions from CertainTeed that are both aesthetic and
WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding looks and feels more like real wood
than any other fiber cement siding on the market. Made using a combination of
fly ash, Portland cement, wood fiber and specialty additives, the enhanced
formula creates an environmentally friendly and durable product with a high
Team Massachusetts selected the synthetic
decking CertainTeed EverNew® LT
Cellular PVC Decking Line because it combined the desired look of exotic
hardwood decking but without the costly, time-consuming maintenance that natural
Team Massachusetts and 18
other collegiate teams will display their homes on the National Mall’s
West Potomac Park
in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, 2011. Open to the
public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in
their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money.
For more information, visit www.saint-gobain.comorwww.certainteed.com.