When Saint-Gobain decided to expand its research and development center in Northboro, Mass., the company tapped CertainTeed Corp. to help create a sustainable design.
Corp. is the North American subsidiary of France-based
The Northboro R&D center is the largest
facility in Saint-Gobain’s network of research centers throughout the world.
According to the company, the expansion required intricate planning, design and
construction. The 60,000 square-foot facility was designed with the goal of
innovation and creating collaboration between research teams in a sustainable
Working with construction management firm A.J.
Martini of Winchester, Mass., technical and building science experts from
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed chose 13 key sustainable products for the
expansion. When it is inspected later this year, the completed structure is
expected to attain a gold rating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
“We are proud that CertainTeed products were chosen for this cutting edge
facility, which will contribute significantly to LEED-gold certification,” said
Aman Desouza, director of innovation and sustainability for CertainTeed.
“Working together, we have helped build a top-notch research facility that
meets stringent energy efficiency and environmental performance
The Northboro R&D center specializes in the
research of high-performance materials, such as plastics, ceramics and
abrasives, as well as renewable energy and technologies to promote energy
efficiency in buildings. The expansion
includes laboratory, office and meeting space and incorporates green features
such as a cool roof that reflects heat, insulation products that foster
acoustical and thermal control, ceiling tiles with high light reflectance and
gypsum board that provides fire, mold and moisture resistance.