Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - November 17, 2017
Owens Corning touts wind-powered product offerings
In line with its own corporate sustainability goals and demand from customers, Owens Corning on Nov. 8 announced three types of commercial and residential insulation, independently certified as made with renewable energy, that it is now offering for specification and purchase.
The Toledo, Ohio-based manufacturer said in a news release that the products are the first ever to have met the requirements of SCS Global Services' certification protocol to validate electricity used to make them is 100% wind powered, which, in turn, reduces their carbon footprint.
The certification follows the power purchase agreements Owens Corning signed in 2015 that enabled new wind capacity in Texas and Oklahoma. Both wind farms came online in late 2016 and can generate 1.1 million MWh of electricity per year.
For every megawatt-hour of renewable electricity generated, the company receives one renewable energy credit; it then applies the RECs toward the manufacture of more sustainable products.
While the new offering helps Owens Corning reduce its carbon footprint – its stated goal is a 50% reduction by 2020 over its 2010 baseline – the certified insulation products, made with 100% wind energy, give its clients: commercial architects and specifiers, builders and homeowners the option of lower-carbon products to build greener structures.
Owens Corning says the products will help architects design buildings with reduced life-cycle impact and achieve the recognized goals of the Architecture 2030 Challenge and U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification. Frank O'Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning's vice president and chief sustainability officer, said the move represents the next step in the company's sustainability journey and influence.
"Reducing the embodied carbon in building products has long been a discussion across the building industry," O'Brien-Bernini said in a statement. "We're excited to see it come to life through certified products made with renewable energy and reduced embodied carbon."