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Serious Materials develops and manufactures sustainable green building materials that reduce the impact of the 'built environment' on the climate.

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Serious Materials develops and manufactures sustainable green building materials that reduce the impact of the 'built environment' on the climate. Their goal is always a "dramatically" reduced impact!

The company was voted #1 at Cleantech Venture Forum XII, won the first Aspen Institute award for innovation in Corporate Energy Conservation and Global Gypsum Product of the Year.

Reengineering Common Building Materials and Products -- It's time!

"The 'built environment' is responsible for 52% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide – which compares to only 9% for cars and light trucks. We can slash that number by reengineering common products that use or lose the most energy. And local plants will create thousands of green-collar jobs here in the U.S., further reducing carbon footprints," they state on their website.

Examples of their green approach to serious energy and environmental savings include:

Energy-Saving Windows

Windows represent the single largest opportunity for improvement in the built environment. 39% of all emissions are tied to building operations, with 38% of that for heating and cooling. Up to 40% of that energy and cost goes out the window. The wasted energy causes over 250 million tons of emissions per year.

Today’s good quality, dual-pane commercial or residential windows are typically R-1 or R-2. This number is dramatically lower than a typical R-13 wall.

Serious Materials' Alpen windows and glass deliver up to R-20 at center-of-glass, along with improved comfort and architectural freedom. This dramatic reduction in energy bills provides fast payback.


Building and living in dense urban environments can reduce carbon footprints by 30% - but noise is the number one issue in condos, mixed-use developments, office towers or in urban infill.

Serious Materials' QuietRock® soundproof drywall and related products reduce material use, enhance livability and support denser, more sustainable urban construction. QuietHome® Windows reduce noise from outside. Quiet®-brand products have been used in over 30,000 projects to date.

Green Drywall

The production of standard gypsum drywall – a process invented in 1917 – results in up to 25 billion pounds of CO2 per year. Drywall is the third-worst greenhouse gas producer in building materials.

EcoRock™, a non-gypsum, green alternative to standard drywall performs and is used just like drywall, uses 90% less energy to produce, with a corresponding drop in emissions (available late 2008).

Serious Materials Inc.
1250 Elko Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(800) 797-8159

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