Saint-Gobain, parent company of CertainTeed, supported the 2011 Solar Decathlon team from Massachusetts’ College of Art and Design, and University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Known as Team Massachusetts, the students competed Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 for the first time in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a biennial event that challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

As a lead sponsor, Saint-Gobain donated a mix of more than 30 building products, largely from subsidiary CertainTeed Corp.

“We are inspired by Team Massachusetts’ efforts and share its vision that we should collectively seek to expect more from our buildings - making them more efficient, durable, sustainable and healthy,” said Gilles Colas, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp. “We embrace the opportunity to help advance the team’s goals of building a super-efficient home of the future by providing them with a wide range of innovative products available today from the Saint-Gobain family of companies.”

As Team Massachusetts set out to build an ultra-efficient house that could effectively compete against some of the best student teams from across the globe, the team recognized Saint-Gobain and its family of companies could help enhance its efficiency goals.

“We are grateful to Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed for their generous support including products and expertise,” said Spencer Culhane, an architecture student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the project manager for Team Massachusetts. “In identifying and selecting our lead sponsors, it was critical that our partners share in our belief that efficient technology and passive strategies are in fact attainable when building a home today, and we found this with Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed.”