Centria has been named a leader in the area of environmental building, the Green Building Alliance said.

The association presented the company with the 2008 Shades of Green Leadership Award for business.

The award recognizes the efforts of businesses, nonprofit groups, governments and individuals in western Pennsylvania who have contributed to the region’s environmental transformation through green leadership.

“Centria’s design philosophy incorporates aesthetics, performance and sustainability as we develop solutions for commercial, institutional and industrial building projects,” said Mark Sherwin, president of Centria. “While the green movement is relatively young and growing rapidly, it’s something that we’ve been involved with for many years. We have been developing products and solutions that are more energy efficient to use - even products that generate alternative energy like solar power. We also have been improving the processes and raw materials that we use to manufacture our products. This is why we are so honored that the Green Building Alliance has recognized our commitment with this award.”

The company was also recognized for its work on a new solar technology for the building industry. The process adds a thin film of solar laminate with metal roofing products, which Centria representatives say makes it easier and more cost-effective for roofing manufactures to incorporate green technology in their designs.

Winners were honored March 5 during a luncheon at the GreenSense 2008 conference in Pittsburgh. The one-day conference focused on green building for the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley regions.