Ceramic Industry

GREENGUARD Certifies Owens Corning's Non-Woven Glass Fiber Veils

February 19, 2010

Owens Corning recently announced that its glass fiber veils for carpet, ceilings and flooring are the first in the glass non-woven industry to be GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. The products were also certified for the more stringent GREENGUARD Children & Schools(SM) product emissions standard.

“As part of our overall sustainability strategy, we are taking the lead on indoor air quality assurance because this aspect of product stewardship is very important to our customers, their customers and our company,” said Frank O'Brien Bernini, Owens Corning’s chief sustainability officer. “It is important to have the environmental performance of our products certified by a third-party program based on trusted emission standards that are recognized by the leading green building standards around the world.”

According to Steven Vermeulen, Owens Corning’s vice president and managing director of OCV™ Non-Woven Technologies, “This certification is more important than ever, given the rapid growth of the glass fiber non-wovens in the U.S. and around the world in interior applications such as flooring, wall coverings and ceilings. This third-party certification gives our customers the assurance that our glass fiber non-wovens can be used to make sustainable products.”

Glass fiber-based veils and specialty non-wovens are used in multiple applications in industrial applications, including batteries, wind turbine blades and pavement reinforcement. In building materials, one of the first market applications was in the cushion vinyl flooring market in Europe as companies there replaced traditional cellulose felt with glass fiber non-wovens to improve dimensional stability. Glass fiber non-wovens are also used in commercial ceiling panels that provide enhanced aesthetics and improved acoustic performance. For mold and mildew resistance, glass-based non-wovens are used in gypsum products.

GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified is a product certification program for low-emitting interior building materials, furnishings and finish systems. GREENGUARD Children & Schools is a product certification program for low-emitting interior building materials, furnishings and finish systems used in educational (daycare and K-12) environments. All GREENGUARD Certified products have been tested for their chemical emissions performance and can be found in the GREENGUARD Product Guide(SM) at www.greenguard.org.

For more information about sustainability at Owens Corning, visit www.owenscorning.com/sustainability.