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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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CertainTeed has expanded its indoor air quality (IAQ) gypsum board product line with the addition of AirRenew Essential for residential construction and remodeling.

The manufacturer says AirRenew Essential features patent-pending "VOC-scavenging technology" that "proactively captures VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converts them into safe, inert compounds," thus producing a healthier interior environment.

AirRenew Essentials

CertainTeed calls AirRenew Essential "the only drywall that actively improves air quality."

AirRenew Essential is available as a 1/2-inch gypsum board and 5/8-inch Type X fire-resistant gypsum board.

Healthier Homes

“We created AirRenew Essential in response to the growing number of building professionals that are interested in improving the overall health of a home’s interior environment,” said Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum.

AirRenew Essential joins an existing portfolio of IAQ gypsum board products with a wide range of performance attributes, such as resistance to fire, mold, moisture, abuse and impact. The line currently consists of AirRenew M2Tech, AirRenew M2Tech Type X, AirRenew Extreme Abuse, and AirRenew Extreme Impact.

According to CertainTeed, AirRenew products are GREENGUARD Gold certified and contain up to 99 percent total recycled content.

AirRenew Essential

The product installs like regular drywall, but is not recommended for applications that require mold and moisture resistance.

AirRenew Essential "will soon join the existing portfolio of AirRenew products that have Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) from UL Environment for permanent VOC absorption," the manufacturer says.


AirRenew gypsum boards handle the same as regular gypsum boards, according to the company. The boards clean indoor air for up to 75 years, even through paint and wallpaper, the manufacturer says.

AirRenew Essential is not recommended for applications that require mold and moisture resistance.

CertainTeed calls the product "the only drywall that actively improves air quality."

Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, CertainTeed Gypsum is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s top producer of gypsum products. CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

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Tagged categories: Building Envelope; CertainTeed; Drywall; Gypsum board; Indoor air quality; Residential Construction

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