Owens Corning Completes Acquisition of InterWrap

Owens Corning has received all regulatory clearances and completed the acquisition of InterWrap, a manufacturer of roofing underlayment and packaging materials.

“It’s an exciting day for our company,” says Brian Chambers, president of Owens Corning’s Roofing and Asphalt business. “This transaction strengthens our capabilities to support the conversion from organic to synthetic underlayments and accelerate our growth in the roofing components market. The acquisition also provides new growth opportunities for us. The people of InterWrap should be extremely proud of the company they have built,” Chambers adds. “We have been impressed with their talent and innovative spirit. In so many ways, they mirror our own employees. We are proud to welcome them to our team.”

Owens Corning Releases Ninth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced strong progress in reducing its environmental footprint and improving the environmental impact and transparency of its products. The company released these results in its ninth annual sustainability report.

“We are proud of what we accomplished this past year, further reducing our environmental footprint and expanding our positive handprint by introducing new solutions to the challenges of climate change, energy consumption and infrastructure development,” says vice president and chief sustainability officer, Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “Today, our global enterprise operates with 46 percent less absolute greenhouse gas emissions than our peak in 2007, and we are developing ways to make additional reductions. We are committed to expanding our impact through sustainability and collaborating with others to further our progress.”

The report also highlights the company’s global philanthropic work, joint efforts with customers and suppliers to improve sustainability, and analytics on its handprint. All of these support the goal of becoming a net-positive growth company. All of these support the goal of becoming a net-positive growth company.

“We’ve begun to explore handprint opportunities along the social dimensions of human health and employee well-being,” O’Brien-Bernini says. “Continued safety progress and advances in health and wellness help our employees and their families live to the fullest each day.”

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the fourth year Owens Corning has reported against its 2020 goals.

Other highlights of 2014 progress include:

  • Industry-leading track record of safety performance, which earned Owens Corning the 2014 Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council.
  • Sustained environmental footprint progress, including intensity reductions of 34 percent in greenhouse gas and 65 percent in toxic air emissions from its 2010 baseline.
  • Facilitated 2.4 billion pounds of end-of-life recycled shingles and consumed 1.3 billion pounds of recycled glass, year-over-year increases of 33 percent and 15 percent respectively.
  • Launch of the WindStrand high-performance glass fiber roving and Ultrablade fiberglass reinforcement fabric products, which enable longer and lighter wind blades. This advancement supports the continued growth of economical wind energy for low-wind sites.
  • Participation in community programs at more than half of our worldwide facilities. This included increasing access to basic health and educational needs for more than 19,000 children in India, China and Mexico.
  • Collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health to strengthen its wellness programs.
  • Placement in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fifth consecutive year and named Industry Leader in Sustainability for the second consecutive year.
  • Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the 11th consecutive year.

Owens Corning’s 2014 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.

Owens Corning Has Chosen Professional Building Services as a Platinum Contractor

Professional Building Services announced that it has been selected as a member of the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Network. Owens Corning and Asphalt LLC invited Professional Building Services to join this premier network of top tier roofing professionals based upon its commitment to service, reliability and craftsmanship.

Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractors represent less than one half percent of the roofing contractors in the industry. To be accepted into the network, Professional Building Services met high standards including a minimum of three years experience, a clean profile with the Better Business Bureau, $1 million in general liability insurance, endorsements from distributors as well as all required state and local licenses.

“As a roofing company with decades of industry experience serving New England, Professional Building Services is honored to become a member of the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Program,” says Pete Ciaraldi, manager of Professional Building Services. “We appreciate that purchasing a new roof is a significant decision and are proud to have Owens Corning Roofing backing the commitment to excellence we bring to our customers.”

“Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor network members are chosen based on their proven market and industry leadership,” says Matt Lawver, contractor services leader, Owens Corning. “This network underscores Owens Corning Roofing’s commitment to providing value within the building materials industry and ensuring our roofing contractors have the tools and business solutions they need to grow their business.”

Through the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Network, Professional Building Services is able to provide exclusive benefits and peace of mind to its customers, including extended system warranties that offer lifetime workmanship coverage. Professional Building Services is also a multi-year recipient of the Owens Corning Guild Quality Outstanding Customer Excellence Award.

RCMA Awards Members and Announces Appointees to Board of Directors

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), the international trade association representing manufacturers of cold-applied coatings and cements used for roofing and waterproofing and suppliers of industry products, held its 2015 annual meeting in New Orleans.

In addition to featuring association activity updates and a panel discussion of industry experts, this meeting was an opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of two RCMA members with industry awards and to announce two new appointees to the RCMA Board of Directors.

The RCMA Industry Statesman Award, recently renamed the James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award in memory of a longtime RCMA member, was awarded to Steve Heinje. Heinje, technical service manager for Quest Construction Products, is an active and dedicated RCMA member; he serves as the association’s vice president, is a member of the RCMA Board of Directors, and co-chairs both the Sustainability Task Force and the Codes and Standards Task Force.

The James “Tim” Nelligan Industry Statesman Award is not awarded every year, but rather is an award that is presented when deemed appropriate to acknowledge a member’s special efforts on behalf of the RCMA in advancing the mission of the roof coatings industry. The late James Tim Nelligan, the award’s namesake, was active in the coatings industry and played an integral part in the creation of the RCMA back in 1982. He started his career in the roofing industry at Owens Corning, served as president of Henry Co., and would go on to start his own reflective roof coatings business, United Cool Roof Systems. The RCMA recognized Tim’s leadership and contributions to the industry by awarding him with the Martin A. Davis Award in 1995, and later honored him with the very same Industry Statesman Award in 2011.

The RCMA’s Martin A. Davis Award, first presented in 1985, is the highest honor bestowed by RCMA. Named for one of RCMA’s founding members, this award recognizes outstanding service and significant contributions to the roof coatings industry. At its Annual Meeting, RCMA awarded the 2015 Martin A. Davis Award to Jeff Blank. Blank, vice president of research and development and purchasing at SR Products, served as president of the RCMA from 2012-13. He has been an active member in RCMA, serving on the board of directors for 14 years, and contributes his expertise to various committees and task forces.

During the meeting, the RCMA members approved the proposed board of directors slate. John Stubblefield, Polyglass USA, was selected to fill a regular member seat, and Steve Hollman, Univar USA Inc., will fill an associate member seat on RCMA’s Board of Directors. The terms for Stubblefield and Hollman begin in 2015 and expire in 2018. The RCMA thanked the two outgoing members of the board of directors, Debra Light and Jon Shaffer, for their time and dedication during their terms as board members.

Owens Corning Earns Place on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Fifth Year in a Row

For the fifth year in a row, Owens Corning has earned placement in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) in recognition of its sustainability initiatives. For the second straight year, Owens Corning was named the Industry Leader for the DJSI World Building Products group. Composed of global sustainability leaders, the DJSI World Index is an elite listing of the world’s largest companies based on long-term economic, environmental and social criteria.

“We are proud to have earned a place on this list again this year,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Thaman. “Our employees are working every day to make homes more energy efficient, roofs more durable and weather-resistant, cars more fuel efficient, and renewable energy more cost effective. Our sustainability strategy is realized every day at Owens Corning, through the products we produce and the way we produce them.”

“In addition to our continued work to dramatically reduce our environmental footprint, what has our company most excited about sustainability right now is our work toward understanding, measuring and expanding our handprint – striving to achieve a net-positive impact of our company and its products,” said Owens Corning Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “We have accomplished much, but we have more to do on the path to becoming a net-positive company. That’s where our current efforts are focused.”

Owens Corning is devoted to delivering sustainable solutions across both of its business segments: Building Materials and Composites. The company recently reported its sustainability progress in its eighth Sustainability Report. Some highlights include:

  • Received the highest honor of the National Safety Council, the 2014 Green Cross for Safety medal, recognizing leadership and progress in safety.
  • Commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.
  • Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing approximately 10 percent of the market.
  • Doubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel); the goal is 50 percent by 2020.
  • Signed the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.
  • Assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes.
  • Impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.

Launched in 1999, the DJSI World is the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide based on an analysis of financially material economic, environmental, and social factors. The DJSI follow a best-in-class approach, including companies across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics. Each year over 3,000 companies, including 800 companies from emerging markets, are invited to participate in RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment, which provides an in-depth analysis of financially material economic, environmental, and social practices. (Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices)

An in-depth look at Owens Corning’s sustainability efforts can be found in the company’s 2013 Sustainability Report and on the company’s website.

Decide on a New Roof Color with an Online Quiz

Owens Corning's Color Compass Quiz

Owens Corning’s Color Compass Quiz

Whether buying a home or updating one, more homeowners are looking to show off their personality through a unique roof. Designer shingles are an increasingly popular way to add color to a roof. Now Owens Corning makes it easier for homeowners to decide on a new roof color with the Color Compass Quiz. By answering a few short questions, the Color Compass Quiz allows users to find the perfect colors from 28 custom-designed palettes created with the help of designer Lee Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Take the Color Compass Quiz.

Roofing Manufacturers and Contractors Embrace Recycling

In the early 2000s, as the green-building movement reached its tipping point, the roofing industry’s contributions to sustainability focused on increasing energy efficiency, improving long-term durability and addressing the heat-island effect. In the years since, significant strides have been made in all three of these areas for commercial and residential buildings.

In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the benefits and challenges of recycling roofing materials at the end of their useful life. This is no trivial task: Owens Corning estimates asphalt shingles alone comprise up to 5 percent of building-related landfill waste. This doesn’t take into account other roofing materials, including EPDM, thermoplastic PVC and metal.

Not surprisingly, rising removal costs, coupled with the growing demand in some areas of the country to legislate landfill content, are putting pressure on contractors and building owners to seek alternatives to traditional roof construction scrap and tear-off disposal methods.

In response, greater numbers of roofing manufacturers and contractors are driving strategies to avoid the landfill. A general review of emerging trends across the roofing industry suggests manufacturers and contractors increasingly are turning to recycling to steer these materials from the waste stream.

Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today. PHOTO: STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE

Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today. PHOTO: STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE

METAL

Metal roofing’s sustainable attributes are significant. Industry experts cite its ability to improve a building’s energy efficiency, and metal today contains anywhere from 25 to 95 percent recycled material.

On its website, the Chicago-based Metal Construction Association (MCA) encourages installing metal roofing directly over an existing roof, thus eliminating the need to dispose of the original materials. But when an older metal roof or new-construction debris must be removed from a site, contractors and owners in most regions of the country can quickly identify scrap yards that take metal.

“Steel is the most recycled material in building construction today,” says MCA Technical Director Scott Kriner. “There’s an infrastructure that supports it, and metal in general is virtually 100 percent recyclable.” Kriner notes MCA supports recycling as part of the metal industry’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability and transparency in business.

PVC

PVC has been used in roofing systems since the 1960s, and the post-consumer recycling of roof membranes began in North America in 1999—a nice symmetry when one considers roofs in terms of 30-year life cycles.

In general terms, the recycling of PVC roofing is a relatively straightforward process. The material is sliced into long strips, rolled up, lifted off the roof and transported to a recycling center. Recyclers run the PVC through a conveyor system, where fasteners and other metal objects are removed.

Initially, the recovered membrane was ground into powder for reuse in molded roof walkway pads. More recently, some manufacturers have been incorporating a granulated form into new PVC roofing membranes, exclusively on the backside to avoid aesthetic issues with color variations. The first installations of membrane produced with post-consumer recycled composition occurred in the mid-1990s. So far, its field performance has matched that of PVC roofing produced with virgin raw materials.

The Vinyl Institute, Alexandria, Va., says close to 1 billion pounds of vinyl are recycled at the postindustrial level yearly. “The vinyl industry has a history of supporting recycling,” the institute reports on its website, “and this effort continues as companies, alone and through their trade associations, expand existing programs and explore new opportunities to recover vinyl products at the end of their useful life.”

EPDM

Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer is used extensively on low-slope commercial buildings. Yet even this durable synthetic rubber membrane must eventually be replaced, and today recycling is a viable option.

The removal process generally involves power-vacuuming off the stone ballast, where present, to expose the EPDM membrane below. The membrane can then be cut into manageable squares, which are folded and stacked on pallets, loaded onto a truck and transported for recycling. The recycler grinds it into crumbs or powder, depending on the end use. A growing number of recycling centers nationwide now handles EPDM.

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Owens Corning Releases Eighth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced significant progress toward achieving its 2020 environmental footprint goals and declared its intentions to expand its handprint beyond the walls of its facilities. The company released those results recently in its eighth annual Sustainability Report. The company defines its handprint as the net-positive effects of its products, market-leading work to drive energy efficiency and climate-impact improvements across the built environment, and improving the lives of employees, their families and their communities.

“Dedicating time and energy to achieving our sustainability goals, expanding our handprint, is one way we are striving to be better, every day, as a company,” said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “This effort includes the products we offer, collaborating with customers to increase the positive impact of those products in the world and productively engaging in our communities.”

The report also highlights Owens Corning’s distinction as the winner of the exclusive Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council for leadership and progress in safety. In 2013, the company extended its industry-leading track record of safety achievement with performance comparable to 2012.

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the third year the company is reporting against its 2020 goals. Introduced in 2011, the company’s 2020 goals were designed to expand the scope and further raise the bar on its commitment to sustainability.

“Our footprint reduction accomplishments are representative of the progress we have made this past year,” O’Brien-Bernini said. “We’ve received growing interest and support for our net-positive handprint accounting . It has led us to consider new business models and new ways of serving our customers that we hadn’t considered before.”

Highlights of 2013 include:

    · Commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.

    · Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing approximately 10 percent of the market.

    · Doubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel), paving the way to run 15 percent Natural Gas Miles in 2014; the goal is 50 percent by 2020.

    · Signed the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.

    · Assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes.

    · Impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.

Owens Corning’s 2013 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.

Owens Corning Celebrates Contractors Who Advance the Industry

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC recognized the industry’s most distinguished professionals at its 2014 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Celebration. This annual event celebrated the 18 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors who have demonstrated exceptional market-leading business initiatives that advance the roofing industry.

“Each of this year’s Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Award winners elevates the roofing industry through their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business,” said Matt Roth, director of Contractor Services, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt. “Every award winner honored today has an inspiring success story that highlights a results-oriented, customer-driven approach to running their business and epitomizes why Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors are truly preferred by homeowners.”

The Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Advisory Board reviewed each nationally nominated candidate and selected one category-leading recipient for each of the top three coveted award categories:

· Industry Stewardship Award: Deer Park Roofing of Cincinnati was honored for the third consecutive year as the 2014 recipient of the coveted Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Industry Stewardship Award for creating a new industry benchmark through their ongoing contributions to local and national programs and initiatives. Deer Park Roofing actively contributes value on a national level to the building materials industry through their local work in the residential and commercial sectors in the Ohio Valley, as well as the introduction of Deer Park University to collaborating with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the development of the ProForeman educational initiative.

· Spirit Award: Arnold’s Home Improvement of Toledo, Ohio, was recognized for its unwavering commitment to integrity, respect, accountability and innovation. The Spirit Platinum Award brings a national spotlight to the tradition of excellence Arnold’s Home Improvement has established through its exceptional values-driven business practices and customer-inspired solutions.

· Bright Future Award: Red River Roofing Companies Inc. of Tulsa, Okla., earned the coveted “Bright Future” recognition for the company’s remarkable business growth in its first year as part of the Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor. The significant growth in 2013 is credited to Red River Roofing Companies, Inc. commitment to market-leading performance and innovation.

The award celebration also recognized Platinum Preferred Contractor award recipients in three additional business categories, including:
2014 Shingle Recycling Volume Award: The award recipients in the category represent the five companies that achieved the highest volume of recycled roofing material through participation in the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program. Each of these companies successfully delivered cost-effective shingle recycling solutions to their customers by diverting tear-off roofing materials from landfills.
Findlay Roofing / Roof Roof USA, Atlanta
Mastercraft Exteriors, Rockton, Ill.
Old World Roofing, Denver
Sela Roofing and Remodeling Inc., St. Louis Park, Minn.
Tadlock Roofing Inc., Tallahassee, Fla.

System Advantage Platinum Limited Warranty Registrations Award: This award recognizes the following companies for market-leading success communicating the benefits of the trusted Owens CorningSystem Advantage Platinum Limited Warranty to provide added peace of mind for their customers.
Alan’s Roofing Inc., Orlando, Fla.
Los Gatos Roofing, San Jose, Calif.
M&M Home Remodeling Services, Crete, Ill.
Metro Construction Inc., Denver
Skywalker Roofing, Eden, N.C.

Owens Corning Roofing Purchase Volume Award: The companies honored in this category have each demonstrated industry-leading performance, expertise and service that drove the respective company’s substantial growth and purchase volume of Owens Corning roofing products in the past year.
American Dream Home Improvement, Downers Grove, Ill.
Best Choice Roofing, Hendersonville, Tenn.
Bob Behrends Roofing LLC, Greeley, Colo.
Findlay Roofing / Roof Roof USA, Atlanta
Quick Roofing LLC, Kennedale, Texas

Owens Corning Releases Total Protection Roofing System App

Owens Corning's Total Protection Roofing System app

Owens Corning’s Total Protection Roofing System app

A roof is an integrated system of seven components and layers working together to help increase performance and enhance comfort for those living beneath it. Owens Corning has released its Total Protection Roofing System app that allows users to walk through each layer, product by product, with the homeowner for better understanding of an estimate. The free app is available for iOS and Android platforms.