An evaluation of the Green Glue Noiseproofing System found, among other things, that the system is indeed green.
Saint-Gobain recently commissioned Sustainable Solutions Corporation to undertake an evaluation of its Green Glue Noiseproofing System to understand how Green Glue could contribute to earning points in U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system.
Among the findings:
• Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound and Sealant both passed the third party California Department of Health Services 01350 Standard Practice for the Test of Volatile Organic Emissions (VOCs);
• Using Green Glue Noiseproofing Joist Tape in an integrated building design can reduce floor noise and also act as a thermal break and increase energy efficiency of a space;
• Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound contributes to reducing resource consumption in buildings by eliminating the need for additional layers of gypsum board and providing high STC ratings with minimal resources; and
• The Green Glue manufacturing facility in Granville, N.Y., is committed to sustainable manufacturing and operations. Green Glue manufacturing produces close to zero waste and tubes, and packaging boxes contain recycled content.
"These tests underscore that the Green Glue Noiseproofing System has been thoroughly evaluated for sustainability by one of the world's most respected independent consultants," says Steve Jette, marketing manager, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. "We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition and consider it an important milestone for our line of products."
Highlights from Sustainable Solutions' evaluation on Green Glue, which can be downloaded here, include:
With buildings in the United States responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions and 40% of energy consumption per year, 'green' building is a growing trend in both existing buildings and new construction, according to Saint-Gobain. Compared with the rest of the industry, this sector has been a bright spot in a slow period, with green building in 2010 representing nearly one-third of all construction projects in the United States.