Eight Greentech Startup Finalists To Compete For Innovation Honors During Saint-Gobain NOVA Innovation Competition At Greenbuild

  Eight Greentech Startup Finalists To Compete For Innovation Honors During
         Saint-Gobain NOVA Innovation Competition At Greenbuild 2012

PR Newswire

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 7, 2012

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 

       The final round of the NOVA Innovation Competition 2012 with eight
       entrepreneurial green-building and clean-tech startups. Sponsored by
       Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, and the
       U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC),
WHAT:  the competition draws startups from around the world that have
       innovated new products in the area of sustainable habitat and
       construction markets: i.e. construction products, advanced materials,
       energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The finalists will
       pitch their innovations in a live speed dating format to a judging
       panel consisting of Saint-Gobain business leaders.
WHERE: The Saint-Gobain NOVA External Venturing booth, #4463N, at the 2012
       Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco
       Speed dating final will take place Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 from 11:00
WHEN:  am to 1:00 pm PT; winners will be announced Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at
       3:30 pm PT.
       Eight finalists selected from a field of 168 entrants including:
WHO:   Aquamost Inc.; Architectural Applications; Blue Water Bioproducts;
       Encapsulix; Heliotrope Technologies; PlanGrid; Smarter Shade;
       ThermoCeramix Group
       While the top three winners receive cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000 and
       $10,000, respectively, the bigger prize is the opportunity for all NOVA
       Innovation Competition participants to partner with Saint-Gobain's NOVA
WHY:   External Venturing organization in exploring potential joint
       development, licensing or other collaboration agreements. To learn more
       about the NOVA Innovation Competition, visit

About Saint-Gobain NOVA External Venturing
NOVA External Venturing joins entrepreneurial companies and Saint-Gobain, the
$54 billion habitat and construction market leader, in mutually beneficial,
long-term development partnerships. They combine Saint-Gobain's marketing,
manufacturing and R&D resources with the freshest ideas in construction and
advanced materials. Together, Saint-Gobain and its partners start with a sound
idea, scale it to the commercial level and soar to success developing the next
generation of advanced materials for construction, energy efficiency and
environmental sustainability. For more information about NOVA External
Venturing, a unit of Saint-Gobain, please visit

About Saint-Gobain Worldwide
Located in 64 countries and headquartered in Paris with nearly 195,000
employees, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and constructions
markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing
innovative solutions to meet growing demand for energy efficiency and
environmental protection. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please
visit www.saint-gobain.com.

About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, has its North
American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in
sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help
professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable,
healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than
265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the
United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.7
billion in 2011.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY
STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for
outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy
efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit
www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and

About U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)
The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through
cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its
mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification
program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and
affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo and advocacy
in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and

USGBC-Northern California Chapter is one of the largest USGBC Chapters in the
country, with 22,000 constituents, 10,000+ LEED credentialed professionals,
and more than 5% of the world's LEED certified square footage. The Chapter
hosts more than 150+ annual events, workshops and conferences with regional,
national and international organizations, and is a leading voice in green
building public policy throughout Northern California. As the premier green
building organization in the region, USGBC-NCC plays a pivotal role as a
convener, mobilizer and educator in transforming the built environment.

SOURCE Saint-Gobain

Website: http://www.saint-gobain.com
Contact: For Saint-Gobain North America: Dina SILVER POKEDOFF,
+1-610-341-7031, dina.pokedoff@saint-gobain.com; or Ed MARSHALL, Brodeur
Partners, +1-603-559-5816, emarshall@brodeur.com
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