The Canadian Wood Council and CertainTeed Gypsum have teamed up to educate the building community about affordable, code compliant wood construction solutions. As the exclusive gypsum manufacturer and national sponsor of the Canadian Wood WORKS! program, CertainTeed Gypsum will assist the campaign to increase the use of wood and building performance in commercial, industrial, institutional and residential construction.

“The Canadian Wood Council’s Wood WORKS! program fosters easier implementation of high performance, energy efficient building envelopes at a lower net cost,” said Morgan Waller, director of marketing for CertainTeed Gypsum - Canada. “Our partnership is the perfect forum for us to spread the word to developers and architects about smarter skins and sustainable wall assemblies during the crucial design phase of a project.”

New Canadian building codes allow for taller, four to six storey mid-rise buildings made of wood — often an economical option that presents a faster speed of construction. CertainTeed offers several high performance wallboard, finishing, sheathing and insulation products that meet wood’s structural fire protection and sustainable certification requirements. For example, CertainTeed AirRenew M2Tech Type X Indoor Air Quality drywall actively cleans the air with industry-only formaldehyde absorbing capabilities, combined with superior moisture and mould resistance. The product is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified and has received UL Environmental Claims Validation. It is also UL Classified and ULC Listed for fire resistance in accordance with ASTM E119 (UL 263, NFPA 251, CAN/ULC-S101).

As a national sponsor, CertainTeed will have a large presence and deliver technical presentations with numerous insights on the smart use of sustainable gypsum and insulation products/systems at various upcoming Wood WORKS! events, including Wood Solutions Fairs in Edmonton (September 16), Vancouver (October 27), Toronto (November 24) and Montreal (February 4, 2016).

“The addition of CertainTeed to our list of Wood WORKS! program sponsors is an appreciated reminder that various industries see value in the work that we do pertaining to market development,” said Michael Giroux, president of the Canadian Wood Council.

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. Through its national presence of six manufacturing plants, three finishing facilities and two mines located from coast to coast across Canada, CertainTeed is a leading supplier of gypsum products and solutions to the Canadian market. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects.

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