Saint-Gobain partnered with YouthBuild Schenectady on the renovation of a home at 843 Emmett St. in Schenectady-the non-profits' first gut-rehab home in Schenectady. The home remodel was designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
More than 80 YouthBuild Schenectady students, along with the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation, worked on the home over a 23-month period. Employees from Saint-Gobain companies, including CertainTeed, gave 300-plus hours of time to the project, providing building science and technical expertise focused on ensure LEED certification of the home as well as mentoring students.
Saint-Gobain companies also provided nearly $16,000 in building products. This included providing the Hybrid Insulation System from North American construction materials subsidiary CertainTeed. The system is composed of a closed cell foam, a blow-in insulation system, and a "smart" vapor barrier.