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Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities

Saint-Gobain North America creates innovative solutions to make the world a better home for all of our colleagues, customers and communities. Our residential solutions, through all of our brands but in particular CertainTeed, help developers meet the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. Individuals and families will benefit by living in an eco-responsible home that promotes wellbeing.

In North Canton, Ohio, Saint-Gobain North America is partnering with Charis Homes to build a zero energy ready home for a family that can benefit from both sustainable and universal design features. Saint-Gobain North America will donate the Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities home to Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, which will then sell the home with an affordable mortgage to a family who will benefit most from this revolutionary home concept. The family will move into the home in North Canton, Ohio, by early 2022. This is the first project for our new Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities program. As the program further develops, we will share updates here to tell the story.

Our shared ambition is the wellbeing of our community, neighbors and colleagues. Through our commitment to sustainability, we’re making the world a better home. SGNA is creating innovative solutions for the future—today.

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Simply put, zero energy ready means a home is ultra-efficient, with a simple path to becoming a net zero home. Let’s break down what that looks like.

Zero energy ready homes are planned and built to the same high energy efficiency standards as zero energy homes. The only difference is that zero energy ready homes are designed and wired so that solar panels can be easily installed in the future, making them even more affordable today, and allowing them to become zero energy homes when the owners are ready for that transition.


The Zero Energy Project highlights these features of a zero energy ready home:

features of a zero energy ready home
  •  Optimized Thermal Envelope meets and exceeds the next generation code making each home Future Ready
  •  Whole-House Water Protection effectively manages potential leak and mold problems making each home Moisture Ready
  •  High-Performance Heating and Cooling system, professionally designed and installed making each home Comfort Ready
  •  High-Efficiency Components with improved connectivity, quality, and durability making each home Tech Ready
  •  Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality exceeds all the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Indoor airPLUS program making each home Health Ready
  •  Solar Ready Construction minimizes the cost and disruption to the home when adding solar in the future making each home Zero Ready

Meet Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration.

In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 150 locations and more than 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.1 billion in 2017.

Meet the Builder

Charis Homes Charis Homes is a top rated, award winning builder based in Summit County, OH established by Todd Scott and Glenna Wilson in 2003. Their focus is on providing a quieter, health ready home for families that is durable, more valuable and gentler on the environment from the ground up. They strive to add or upgrade products that will increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Not only can they obtain ENERGY STAR Compliance, but they can far exceed those requirements by now meeting the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home and EPA indoor airPlus requirements.

Meet Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and purchase the homes with an affordable zero interest mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, Habitat empowers. To learn more, visit


Saint-Gobain North America Breaks Ground to Launch "Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities" Program

Saint-Gobain North America (SGNA) today announced the official launch of “Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities,” a program that will bring more sustainable construction to neighborhoods across North America. The first project will provide a Canton-area family with a zero energy ready, universal design home. Together with a local construction partner Charis Homes, SGNA broke ground in July 2021 to mark the official start of construction on its initial Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities house in North Canton, Ohio.


Saint-Gobain North America Partners with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

As part of its Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities program, Saint-Gobain North America (SGNA) today announced its new partnership with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. SGNA will donate the Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities home to Habitat, which will then sell the home with an affordable mortgage to a family who will benefit most from this revolutionary home concept. The family will move into the home in North Canton, Ohio, by early 2022.

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