Saint-Gobain and YouthBuild Schenectady Announce Completion of Non-Profits’
First LEED® Gold Home Renovation
Sustainable gut-rehab in Hamilton Hill is first to be finished in Schenectady
under Non-Profits’ national partnership with Company
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- June 2, 2014
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, in partnership
with YouthBuild Schenectady (operated by Northeast Parent & Child Society)
announces the completed renovation of 843 Emmett Street in Schenectady, the
non-profits’ first gut-rehab home in Schenectady, set to achieve the U.S.
Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED®) Gold certification. More than 80 YouthBuild Schenectady students and
the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation transformed the once-dilapidated
property into a home that is both sustainable and affordable in 23 months, and
today distinguished guests, including U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S.
Congressman Paul D. Tonko, will recognize the students’ accomplishment in a
ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The YouthBuild Schenectady project is the first to be finished in Schenectady
under the national partnership between the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation
and YouthBuild USA in support of the non-profit’s national green building and
job training program. The program provides out-of-school, out-of-work young
adults between the ages of 16 to 24 with the opportunity to build
energy-efficient, healthy, and affordable homes in their communities and gain
green job skills while earning their GEDs or high school diplomas.
“Our partnership with YouthBuild affords Saint-Gobain and its family of
companies an invaluable opportunity to transform the neighborhoods where we
operate as well as the lives of students who will make up the future green
building workforce,” said John Crowe, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain and
CertainTeed Corporations. “This partnership does not stem from a passion
merely for green building, but rather for the city of Schenectady – from the
students who transformed this home, to the family who now lives more
efficiently and comfortably in it, and most importantly, the broader
Schenectady community who can now see that sustainable homes can be
Through the partnership, now in its fourth year, Saint-Gobain Corporation
Foundation has donated $140,000 to YouthBuild Schenectady in support of their
program and this project. The Saint-Gobain family of companies, including its
North American construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed, provided nearly
$16,000 in building products to the project. In addition, employees from
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed spent more than 300 hours of time providing
building science and technical expertise to ensure LEED certification of the
home as well as mentorship to the students. Saint-Gobain’s partnership made it
possible for the students to complete YouthBuild Schenectady’s first home
expected to achieve LEED Gold from the USGBC.
“The partnership between YouthBuild and Saint-Gobain is a first-of-its-kind,”
said John Henley, president and chief executive officer of Northeast Parent &
Child Society. “Without our partnership with Saint-Gobain, students would
otherwise not have the opportunity to experience a LEED building design
Beyond providing green job skills, this partnership begins to fill the need
for affordable and energy-efficient housing in Schenectady. The project is one
of the city’s most affordably built sustainable homes. The City of Schenectady
is fortunate to have over a dozen LEED certified affordable homes through the
HUD-funded “Options in Green Program” (each attained Platinum or Gold rating).
YouthBuild Schenectady has worked with this program and used many best
practices in constructing 843 Emmett Street – but this program model uses
students and volunteers, which provides a very affordable way to build homes.
“The Saint-Gobain family of companies and its employees share our vision of
giving young people the opportunity to transform their own lives while
building affordable green housing in their communities,” said Dorothy
Stoneman, CEO and Founder of YouthBuild USA.
Products selected to help YouthBuild Schenectady achieve its energy
efficiency, sustainability, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and
affordability goals include:
*A Hybrid Insulation System from CertainTeed, consisting ofCertaSpray®
Closed Cell Foam, OPTIMA® Blow-in Insulation System, and MemBrain™ Smart
Vapor Retarder & Air Barrier Film:
*Foam insulation provides an effective seal on the backside of the
home’s sheathing, while the fiberglass insulation fills the remainder
of the cavity.
*Delivers an R-value that is almost equivalent to a passive house at a
significant cost savings compared to a foam-only approach.
*Improves sound control and reduces energy consumption and moisture
penetration for a healthy, comfortable home.
*Three different types of gypsum from CertainTeed were used throughout the
*AirRenew® Essential Indoor Air Quality Gypsum Board from CertainTeed
actively removes formaldehyde from the air, protecting homeowners
from harmful VOCs. It’s the only drywall that improves air quality by
capturing and converting formaldehyde into a safe, inert compound.
*Diamondback® GlasRoc® Tile Backer from CertainTeed is a
moisture-and-mold resistant, paperless glass-mat gypsum tile backer
ideal for moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. It’s
up to 40% lighter than cement backerboard and is GREENGUARD Gold
*ProRoc® Regular Gypsum Board from CertainTeed features a
premium-quality, non-combustible gypsum core for use on interior
walls and ceilings. It’s encased in a smooth face and back covering
of 100% recycled paper.
Products from Saint-Gobain’s family of companies that contributed to the
home’s aesthetics include:
*Kingston Vinyl Railing from CertainTeed
*EverNew® PT Decking with PermaTech™ from CertainTeed
*Siding from CertainTeed
*CertaWrap™ Weather Resistant Barrier from CertainTeed
*Adds a layer of protection against air and moisture damage before the
siding goes on
*Interior and exterior doors from Saint-Gobain’s distribution company,
Products from Saint-Gobain’s family of companies that contributed to the
building process include:
*3X High Performance Portable Belts from Norton, which feature high
performance zirconia for three times the life
*3X High Performance Hook & Sand Discs from Norton, which feature patented
ceramic abrasives for ultimate performance
*3X High Performance Sheets from Norton, which feature heat treated
aluminum oxide abrasive for three times the performance of conventional
*BlueFire Wheels from Norton, which feature high performance zirconia
*Ergonomic Hand Sander Disc Kit from Norton, which quickly converts hook &
loop discs into a hand sanding tool. The ergonomic shape fits the user’s
finger grip for added comfort and reduced fatigue.
*Wall Sanding Screen from Norton, which sands and smooth’s the drywall
The Emmett Street property is owned and maintained by Northeast Parent and
Child Society and is being rented to a family that has fulfilled eligibility
“In just the first few months of living in the home, we realized the
advantages of living in a healthy, energy efficient and air-tight home,” said
Tonia Thomas, the homeowner. “Even during the especially frigid winter we had
this year, we experienced dramatically lower energy bills and increased
comfort due to fewer variations in temperature from room-to-room. It means a
lot to me to know that my home is healthy and that my children are breathing
clean air and are not being exposed to mold and pollutants.”
The Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation’s partnership with YouthBuild USA also
supports green home renovation projects in three other communities where
Saint-Gobain has business concentrations, including: Akron, Ohio; Worcester,
Mass.; and Philadelphia, Pa. For more information about Saint-Gobain
Corporation Foundation’s partnership with YouthBuild USA, please visit
Editor’s Note: Product images and fact sheets can be provided upon request;
event photos will be available on 6/3.
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 15,000 employees. In the
United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9
billion in 2013.
Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, 2013 and
2014 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
Saint-Gobain has strong ties to New York where it employs nearly 1,200
statewide, including more than 500 in the Schenectady region at Saint-Gobain
Abrasives, Norandex and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.
For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building
products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape
the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as
General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made
Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed.
Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior
building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim,
insulation, gypsum and ceilings.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products company,
CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60
manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For six
consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the
environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR
Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3
billion in 2013.www.certainteed.com
About Northeast Parent and Child Society & YouthBuild Schenectady
Northeast Parent & Child Society, an affiliate of Northern Rivers Family
Services, provides a full array of residential, special education, family
foster care, children’s mental health, family preservation and career
development programs. Over the past 125 years, we have helped more than
100,000 children and families build better futures. Our dedicated staff is
over 600 people strong, annually serving 7,000 people from our 35 county
service area in New York State.
Formed in 2006, YouthBuild Schenectady has provided educational, career, life
skills training and leadership development to hundreds of young adults in
Schenectady County while contributing tens of thousands of hours of community
service and refurbishing dozens of houses for low-income homeowners.
For more information on Northeast and YouthBuild Schenectady, please visit
About YouthBuild and YouthBuild USA
YouthBuild programs are sponsored by local community- and faith-based
organizations and public entities that raise funds from a variety of sources.
Primary funding for local YouthBuild programs comes from the US Department of
Labor under the federal YouthBuild program, authorized under the Workforce
Investment Act and administered by the Employment and Training Administration.
There are now 264 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washington, and the Virgin
Islands. Since 1994, 120,000 YouthBuild students have built 22,000 units of
affordable, increasing green housing. YouthBuild is now being replicated by
NGOs and governments in Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Serbia, and South
YouthBuild USA is an international nonprofit organization that works to
unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their
communities and their lives. YouthBuild USA leads the international YouthBuild
movement and contributes to the broader youth and community development fields
in order to diminish poverty in the United States and internationally. The US
Department of Labor contracts with YouthBuild USA to provide training and
technical assistance to its YouthBuild grantees. For more information, visit,
Saint-Gobain North America: Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
610.341.7031 (office), 484.919.2103 (mobile) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brownstein Group for Saint-Gobain North America: Nicole Gainer
267.238.4147 (office), 856.266.1707 (mobile) – email@example.com
YouthBuild Schenectady: Eugene White
518.579. 3506 (office), 518.701.4927 (mobile) – firstname.lastname@example.org
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