Saint-Gobain Announces Sustainability Awards Winners

Saint-Gobain has announced the winners of its sustainability awards program, which recognizes company locations across North America for their sustainability efforts. The winning sites were recognized at a companywide sustainability conference.
 
“Saint-Gobain’s commitment to sustainability compels us to consider the environmental impact of our business at every stage, from product design to product disposal at the end of life,” says John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corp. “As a company, we realize it is the aggregate of efforts made by our approximately 14,000 employees that will allow us to reach our targets for waste, water, energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction, and we believe recognizing sites for their programs will advance achievement across our portfolio.”
 
The program, referred to as the Waste, Water and Energy Program was established in 2016 by the Saint-Gobain Environmental, Health and Safety Department. The program is designed to highlight practical and effective solutions for increasing the sustainability of sites.
 
“Many of the champions were selected based on their commitment to improvement and the systems they put in place to achieve it, not simply one-time projects,” says Lauren Alterman, vice president-environmental, health and safety of Saint-Gobain Corp. “Our plants take sustainability measures every day, and it’s exciting to be able to review all the efforts collectively and celebrate the biggest achievements with such a fun competition.”
 
The Saint-Gobain Environmental, Health and Safety Department recognized the following 2016 champions:

  • Waste Champion: Saint-Gobain Crystals Hiram/Newbury, Ohio, is the recipient of the Waste Belt for its development of a comprehensive program designed to reduce hazardous waste. The site achieved a 46 percent reduction in the identified waste stream through programmatic and technological advancements by working with a coalition of third-party waste handlers, process quality engineers, Saint-Gobain Environmental, Health and Safety Department personnel and within its manufacturing program.
  • Water Champion: Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials Wheatfield, N.Y., is the recipient of the Water Belt for its water reduction program. The program began with a cooling water system opportunity and expanded from there by pursuing water reduction strategies in a number of areas around the plant. The focus went beyond a single project and instead evaluated how the site uses water as a system, allowing the site to achieve a reduction of 10.1 million gallons of water used per year through various project efforts.
  • Energy Champion: SageGlass Faribault, Minn., is the recipient of the Energy Belt for its comprehensive energy reduction strategy. The site evaluated all of its energy-using systems, from lighting to HVAC to process, and designed programs, capital projects and educational tools to reduce energy intensity by 54 percent year over year.
  • CO2 Champion: CertainTeed Roofing Oxford, N.C., is the recipient of the CO2 Belt for its reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per unit of product made. Using ISO systems 14001 and 26000 (Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility) to design a system focused on energy and carbon reduction, the Oxford, N.C., roofing plant was able to achieve results. These management systems guided its energy team to focus on the large users of energy and creators of carbon, which ultimately resulted in projects addressing fume burner improvements, more efficient process heating and the elimination of No. 2 fuel oil from usage.
  • Overall Champion: CertainTeed Roofing Ennis, Texas, is the recipient of the Overall Champion Belt for being a finalist in all four sustainability categories due to a broad and extensive focus on its impacts inside and outside of its plant. For water, waste, energy and CO2 emissions, the team undertook a multitude of projects including: an LED retrofit; a program to recycle used wood pallets; and a system that resulted in the reuse of 50 percent of process cooling water.

 
“This program is unique because it encourages some fun internal competition in a way not seen before in the industry,” says Ryan Spies, manager-process sustainability & energy of Saint-Gobain Corp. “There’s nothing quite like a plant manager holding up a 20-pound, custom-designed, bejeweled belt for all his or her plant to see and then having to defend that belt next year.”

GAF Achieves ‘Waste Diversion from Landfill’ Certification

GAF announces that its Tuscaloosa, Ala., facility is its second asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve “Waste Diversion from Landfill” certification. Conducted by GreenCircle Certified LLC, a certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations, this Waste Diversion from Landfill certification demonstrates the dedication GAF has to the responsible management of end-of-life materials.

GAF has pioneered several initiatives to increase operational efficiency, reduce waste and divert material from landfills. Partnering with recyclers and like-minded organizations, GAF has not only developed unique ways to reuse waste material internally, but has also identified alternative uses for previously landfilled waste. Utilizing these progressive waste management practices, along with innovative recycling initiatives, GAF achieved an impressive waste diversion rate of 94 percent at its Tuscaloosa facility.

“As Waste Diversion from Landfill emerges as a critical sustainable performance measure, forward-thinking companies are finding innovative material management solutions,” says Tad Radzinski, certification officer at GreenCircle. “With its second plant receiving GreenCircle certification, GAF is not only leading the way in waste diversion, but it is also ensuring accountability and transparency in its sustainability claims.”

Continued growth in the green building market is prompting emphasis on sustainability for building product suppliers like GAF. Third-party certification of sustainability claims adds a level of integrity for manufacturers, which is key to establishing credibility and gaining consumer confidence. “Sustainability and transparency are cornerstones of our business strategy at GAF,” says Gregg Baran, director of specialty manufacturing at GAF. “GreenCircle certification verifies our claims and helps us showcase our waste leadership in a way that resonates with our customers and employees.”

Automate Roofing Waste Reduction with Software’s Panel Optimization Tools

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software. In one sense, there is nothing new about the new software tools. The method used with Block-Cut has been employed to reduce material waste by roofers in Australia and New Zealand for a very long time. What is exciting about this announcement is that the capability is now automated, interactive and embedded in the Roof Wizard software, so just about anyone can learn how to do it reliably and accurately. An added bonus is that all the required installer reports are generated automatically to user defined templates with your company details.

Block-Cut is a new process where the estimator determines where panels/sheets can go and more particularly, where the offcuts can go, as part of a “block” of panels, thus substantially reducing waste material. It takes the blocks created and sub-divides them to show where the off-cut is expected to be extracted from and applied to the roof.

This is actually taking what roofers do manually, automating it and completing it so quickly that various options may be explored to achieve the best fit. Those roofers who reduce waste by flipping sheets around on hip ends will take to this immediately. It shows them exactly how to achieve the best fit. This is done in the office, before getting to the job site.
Indeed, it is done at quotation stage, allowing full use of offcut material to reduce the costs, improve your competitiveness and increase job profit margins.

The multi-coloured panel placement drawing is sent to the job with the material, and the installation team can see at a glance where every single piece and offcut piece must be placed by colour and section placement code; panel area B1 goes to roof plane area B1, B5 goes to roof plane area B5 etc. This achieves the optimal use of material that might otherwise be offcut waste—almost zero waste in this typical example.

Instead of the average job waste allowance being 10 to 12 percent, you can easily get it to 2 to 5 percent. This can go directly to your bottom line without major retraining and changes to your usual practices. Those not familiar with any attempts to increase profit margin by reducing waste might find this process a little bizarre, but experienced metal roofing guys down-under know and fully appreciate the value of this technique and are excited to have it in the new AppliCad Roof Wizard software. This one new feature could repay the value of the Roof Wizard software in just one moderate sized metal roofing job.