Owens Corning Installs Largest SolarWall(R) System of 2008



    
    Wall will displace at least 19,000 tons of CO2  from the atmosphere

    
    TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ -- Owens Corning (NYSE:   OC), a world leader in
building materials and glass fiber reinforcements, today announced that it has
installed North America's largest(*) SolarWall(R) system of 2008 at the
company's Toronto area insulation manufacturing facility. The use of the
SolarWall(R) technology demonstrates the company's commitment to
sustainability and renewable energy, and Owens Corning's strong sense of
environmental stewardship.

    The SolarWall(R) technology is a solar air heating system that uses the
sun's energy to heat ventilation air for commercial and industrial buildings.
It substantially reduces traditional heating fuel expenses and CO2 emissions,
requires no maintenance and lasts more than 30 years. The SolarWall(R)
technology was invented by Conserval Engineering, which commercialized solar
air heating around the world for the commercial and industrial sector. The
SolarWall(R) technology has been used on thousands of projects to date in 30
countries.

    The SolarWall(R) system at Owens Corning's Toronto facility is 11,000
ft(2)  and is estimated to produce over 8,000 million BTUs (2350 MWh) of
thermal energy per year. Conserval Engineering designed a turnkey energy
solution for Owens Corning that targets one of the most problematic energy
requirements in the facility - ventilation heating.

    "Owens Corning is wholly dedicated to operating as a sustainable and
environmentally friendly company," said Frank O'Brien-Bernini, chief
sustainability officer of Owens Corning.  "The use of solar energy in Toronto
is one of many ways that Owens Corning is reducing its environmental footprint
to leave a healthy and vibrant world to future generations."

    The Owens Corning SolarWall(R) system will displace more than 630 tons of
CO2 from the atmosphere each year. This means that during the 30-year life of
the system and the building, Owens Corning will have displaced at least 19,000
tons of CO2 as a result of this one initiative.(*)(*)

    "In a time when a lot of companies are talking green, Owens Corning is
walking green," says Duncan Coutts, VP of Worldwide Sales at Conserval
Engineering.  "We are impressed by Owens Corning's sustainability efforts and
look forward to working with them to achieve their environmental goals."
    

    About Owens Corning
    
    Owens Corning (NYSE:   OC) is a leading global producer of residential and
commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements and engineered
materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500 company for 55 consecutive
years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability through delivering
solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens
Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass fiber technology with sales of
$6 billion in 2008 and 16,500 employees in 30 countries. Additional
information is available at www.owenscorning.com.
    

    About Conserval Engineering, Inc.
    
    Conserval Engineering  is a Canadian company and the world leader in
designing, manufacturing and delivering solar air heating and cooling
solutions for the Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI) building sector
using their patented SolarWall(R) technology.  Conserval also delivers a
hybrid SolarWall/Photovoltaic (PV/T) solution which quadruples the energy
production from your rooftop.  Conserval Engineering has offices in
Buffalo-NY, Paris-France and distributors in 25 countries. Additional
information is available at www.solarwall.com.
    

    (*)According to Conversal Engineering, Inc.
    
    (*)(*) Calculations based on an independent feasibility tool called
RetScreen, developed by Natural Resources Canada, NASA and the World Bank
    


    




For further information:

For further information: Owens Corning, Eileen Boyce, +1-312-222-9126,
eileen@reputationpartners.com; or Conserval Engineering, Inc., Victoria
Hollick, +1-416-661-7057 x224, vhollick@solarwall.com Web Site:
http://www.owenscorning.com

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