Unity Homes is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with CertainTeed, a leading manufacturer of building materials and a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and most innovative building products companies. Unity and Certainteed recently signed a joint development agreement under which they will be collaborating to create new assemblies and components for high performance homes, and further develop an integrated software platform for designing and manufacturing homes.
Both companies recognize that innovation is critical to transforming the homebuilding industry. CertainTeed was drawn to partner with Unity Homes based on our track record of innovation, and by our culture of sustainability that is consistent with its own.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to have a joint development agreement with Unity Homes that will bring their technologically advanced and socially responsible building perspectives to our businesses in North America,” said Minas Apelian, Global Director of St. Gobain’s external ventures arm NOVA, and Vice President of R&D for CertainTeed.
Unity Founder Tedd Benson is equally enthusiastic about this alliance: “Improving the homebuilding industry requires connecting the dots between companies like ours that design and build homes, and those like CertainTeed that produce the materials that go into our homes. We see a wonderful opportunity for innovation by combining the experience and know-how that Unity and Bensonwood have developed over the past 45 years, with Certainteed’s deep research capabilities and broad industry reach. Better industry integration will result in higher quality, reduced construction times and better value for the American public.”
The eventual fruits of this collaboration will include new wall assemblies with specific performance characteristics, designed and engineered to be manufactured efficiently using off-site construction methods that Unity is pioneering in North America. These assemblies will be incorporated into the software platform that is also being developed as part of this partnership. While early versions of the software will feature CertainTeed assemblies, ultimately the software will be “open source,” with a broad array of assemblies and components from many manufacturers.
We are thrilled—and humbled—by Certainteed’s decision to work with us. It’s a strong vote of confidence in the team that Unity has assembled, and it’s also a testament to the power of the vision underlying Unity—transforming the building industry by demonstrating a Better Way to Build.
The press release from CertainTeed is available here: https://news.certainteed.com/certainteed-and-unity-homes-announce-strategic-partnership/
For additional information about this strategic partnership, please contact Unity’s operations director, Andrew Dey at [email protected]