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Saint-Gobain North America (SGNA) launches Sustainable Construction Program


This Thursday, Ohio-based Saint-Gobain North America (SGNA) announced the official launch of the “Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities” program. Particularly, this initiative will bring more sustainable construction to neighborhoods across North America.

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Accordingly, the first project will provide a Canton-area family with zero energy-ready, universal design home. Moreover, and it is worth noting, together with a local construction partner Charis Homes, SGNA broke ground with the project in July 2021. Thus, it marked the official start of construction on its initial Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities house in North Canton, Ohio.

About the “Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities” program

Hence, Charis Homes will utilize more than 20 of SGNA’s sustainable solutions to build this home, designed specifically to increase the energy efficiency and wellbeing of the household. For example, CertainTeed’s MemBrain™ Continuous Air Barrier & Smart Vapor Retarder and M2Tech Moisture and Mold Resistant Drywall aids; particularly in resisting moisture and absorbing airborne toxins, improving the quality of life for individuals who may have respiratory conditions.

According to the company in a media release, SGNA aims to help create sustainable homes that enhance individual wellbeing. Therefore, SGNA and its partner Charis Homes both also have deep roots in the region. Indeed, multiple Saint-Gobain companies, including CertainTeed, Life Sciences, Mobility, Ceramics, and Surface Solutions, are located in Northeast Ohio. Besides, Saint-Gobain companies have 900 colleagues in Ohio.

In this regard, Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America, commented; “Indeed, at Saint-Gobain, our purpose is making the world a better home. Thus, the Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities program is our opportunity to leverage our global thinking and sustainability mindset to do just that.”  

Moreover, “the home in North Canton is our first step in a series of projects where we hope to inspire and make a tangible impact,” continued Rayfield. Also, “right in the communities where our colleagues live.”

Reception besides SGNA

Similarly, Glenna Wilson, president of Charis Homes, commented; “We were thrilled SGNA selected our team to work on this project. Thus, we share the same commitment for creating sustainable houses that impact our planet for the better; and also, we’re even more motivated knowing that a family from our part of the state will soon call it home.”

Lastly, Jean Angus, CEO of Saint-Gobain Life Sciences based in Solon, Ohio, said; “Indeed, a lot goes into creating sustainable buildings, so we know this home will have a positive impact; specifically, on this family, the community, and the environment for years to come. Thus, Saint-Gobain already has a reputation as a top employer in NE Ohio; however, this project further demonstrates our commitment to the area and its residents.”

Additionally, CertainTeed’s Landmark shingles will be installed on the roof. In fact, the company’s roofing manufacturing facilities recycle most production waste into asphalt for road construction. And also, their sustainability commitment continues by developing product packaging that integrates recycled content into materials, such as corrugated rolls and Kraft paper.

Finally, as SGNA moves forward to confirm additional program details, the Company said it will share more information regarding its nonprofit partnership to support; and also secure the family who will move into the home by early 2022. Therefore, SGNA anticipates the launch of this program in additional locations aligned with the company’s presence in North America.

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