Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mike Holmes Joins Forces with CertainTeed to Tackle Indoor Air Quality Issues

Mike Holmes loves to use and promote better and smarter building products that are non- or less toxic and friendlier to the environment. Since teaming up with 3M Filtrete brand air filters and the Canadian Lung Association to promote cleaner indoor air and asbestos awareness, indoor air quality (or IAQ) has been a hot-button issue with Mike. Just recently, it was announced that Mike Holmes is officially endorsing a new kind of gypsum drywall created by CertainTeed under the brand name AirRenew. This drywall line not only resists moisture and mold, but also promotes clean indoor air by capturing VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the air and converting them into inert compounds. VOC's are chemical off-gases which are released into your home via cabinets, carpets, and paints. That "new car smell" or "new gadget smell" that everybody likes so much are really just toxic chemical vapors off-gassing from the plastics, and can oftentimes lead to headaches, breathing issues, or worse if breathed in over a period of time. Using smart products in your home such as AirRenew drywall can help combat these unwanted chemical vapors and promote cleaner indoor air.

In order to promote this new Holmes-Approved product, Mike Holmes will be appearing with CertainTeed at the International Builders Show on February 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Hey, guess who else is going to be in Las Vegas on February 5? Me!!! Woo Hoo!)


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January 29, 2014

Renowned Building Industry Expert Mike Holmes Joins Forces with CertainTeed to Tackle Indoor Air Quality Issues

(Tampa, Fla.) –Trusted contractor and long-time advocate for healthy homes, Mike Holmes is joining forces with CertainTeed Gypsum to raise awareness of the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and incorporating high performance drywall products as part of good IAQ design and construction.

CertainTeed’s volatile organic compound (VOC) scavenging drywall line — the AirRenew® IAQ Gypsum Board product family — has been officially designated as a HOLMES Approved Product. The AirRenew product line features exclusive technology that actively helps to clear indoor air by capturing VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into inert compounds, while M2Tech® technology provides moisture and mold resistance to further contribute to a better indoor environment.

“AirRenew helps remove unwanted chemicals from your indoor air – even years after a construction job is done,” said Mike Holmes. “Many things in the home off-gas, from the furniture and paint to the carpeting and cabinets. And breathing in these chemicals on a daily basis may be dangerous to your health. It’s a real concern. But products like AirRenew are ahead of the game. They’re tackling IAQ issues head on. That’s something I can stand behind,” added Holmes.

Mike Holmes will make his premier appearance with CertainTeed in Las Vegas at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. (Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C2127). He will also be collaborating with CertainTeed on a variety of projects that promote the health benefits of building with AirRenew IAQ drywall products and provide further IAQ education to building professionals and homeowners on the importance of indoor air quality. More information on IAQ and best practices for improving IAQ will be featured on Mike Holmes’ website (, CertainTeed’s website (, in retail establishments, videos and social media networks.

Mike Holmes is a professional contractor with over 30 years experience and the host and creator of the hit TV series Holmes on Homes®, Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes It Right. He’s been named the Second Most Trusted Canadian by Reader’s Digest for two consecutive years and Forbes’ Third Most Trustworthy Celebrity. Through his company, The Holmes Group, Mike Holmes leads an international organization that is dedicated to improving building standard and helping create healthier, stronger homes through key partnerships and product development.

“CertainTeed’s priority is to offer innovative, sustainable building products, so partnering with a well-respected, seasoned building professional like Mike Holmes made sense,” said Dan Kennard, Vice President of Marketing for CertainTeed Gypsum. “He has a proven track record in choosing materials that raise building standards, and his endorsement of AirRenew is also in line with our mutual goal to help create sustainable, healthy indoor environments.”

The AirRenew portfolio of products includes a wide range of performance attributes, such as resistance to fire, mold, moisture, abuse and impact. Specifically, the product line features: AirRenew Essential, AirRenew M2Tech®, AirRenew M2Tech Type X, AirRenew Extreme Abuse and AirRenew Extreme Impact. Each product handles the same as regular gypsum board and does not require special tools to install or finish.

AirRenew products are GREENGUARD® Gold certified and can contribute to indoor environmental quality, recycled materials, and innovation in design credits for green projects. AirRenew contains up to 99 percent total recycled content and may also provide regional materials depending on project location. In addition, AirRenew products have received Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) from UL Environment for permanent formaldehyde absorption, mold resistance, recycled content and regional materials.

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. For more information, visit

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For five consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013.

About The Holmes Group

The Holmes Group is an international brand with operations in independent media production, new-home building and home inspection, as well as expansion into product development. The Holmes Group is entirely owned by Mike Holmes and responsible for developing and managing all HOLMES branded entities, including Make It Right Productions Inc., HOLMES Communities, HOLMES Approved Homes, MIKE HOLMES Inspections, HOLMES Referred Contractors, HOLMES Products, HOLMES Workwear and The Holmes Foundation.

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  1. Hope you can renew old acquaintances and take lots of pics. :)

  2. I'm so jealous!!!! I wish I could go!!!! I hope you get lots of pictures & get to talk to Mike again. I bet he remembers you! I can't wait to hear about it! Have fun!!!!

    Sherrie L.