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Low Carbon Construction 

Sustainability starts long before construction begins, and our solutions will help make the world a better home for all. 

Less Is More 

A Key Distinction 

Emitted carbon. Embodied carbon. What’s the difference? Embodied carbon refers to what is released when a product is manufactured; carbon emissions are what that manufactured product releases upon being used.  

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Why lower carbon? 

Construction is responsible for 37% of global carbon. Low-carbon building helps reduce greenhouse gases. Choosing sustainable materials helps reduce embodied carbon in a structure before it’s even completed.   

Recycled Materials 

CertainTeed drywall plants recycle gypsum waste, allowing us to use less raw material. We also partner with suppliers to minimize construction site waste. 


Products designed to last longer require less maintenance and replacement. That translates to energy and construction cost savings. Materials that last mean less production in the long run. 

The Future 

Thoughtful production helps lower carbon emissions during construction, but also sets up a carbon reduction future for the completed building. 

Zero Carbon
Our Goals 

By 2030, CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain will reduce CO2 emissions by 33%. By 2050, we’ll be carbon neutral. 

Natural Resources

Reducing Environmental Impact 

Our system for low slope roof restoration keeps materials from going into landfills by eliminating the need to tear off and replace factory-made membranes. 

Reduced Carbon

Zero-Carbon Manufacturing 

Upgrades at our Montreal wallboard manufacturing facility will reduce carbon emissions by up to 44,000 metric tons each year. When completed, it will be North America’s first zero-carbon manufacturing site. 


Circularity In Action 

Asphaltica technology enables us to pelletize post-industrial and post-consumer shingle scrap, diverting it from landfills. The pellets are an ideal component of asphalt paving mix for variable climate conditions.