SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation to Support Rebuilding Together’s Commitment to the Gulf Coast

New Orleans - November 09, 2010

SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free InsulationNEW ORLEANS – November 9, 2010  – SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation, a product from The Dow Chemical Company, is supporting Rebuilding Together's commitment to renovating 1,000 homes in the Gulf Coast by 2011 by providing more than 30,000 square-feet of fiberglass-free, R-13 insulation. Volunteers with Rebuilding Together New Orleans will use the donation to insulate walls in up to nine homes this fall.

The homes insulated with SAFETOUCH™ insulation are part of a push to revive New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, which sits on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and thus experienced some of the worst flooding after the levees gave way. Rebuilding Together's goal is restore New Orleans and touch as many homeowners and as much of the community as possible. To date, the organization has completed almost 800 projects throughout several neighborhoods in the city.

Dow will support the continued effort by donating approximately $27,000 of SAFETOUCH™ insulation, making the renovated homes energy efficient-and healthier. SAFETOUCH™ insulation does not support mold growth nor does it contain added formaldehyde, two frequent causes of poor indoor air quality, according the Environmental Protection Agency's "The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality".

"New Orleans and the Gulf are being rebuilt because companies and communities continue to step up and give back," said Chad Holzer, Operational Marketing Manager. "Dow wanted to be a part of that movement."

About Dow SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free insulation

SAFETOUCH™ Fiberglass-Free Insulation, a product from Dow Building Solutions, incorporates technological developments to promote an indoor air climate that is comfortable, healthy and energy efficient. Free of itchy fiberglass, SAFETOUCH™ is manufactured from polyester fibers derived from post-industrial recycled materials, making it safe-to-touch and easy to install. SAFETOUCH™ insulation exemplifies the strong sales support, customer service and building science expertise of Dow Building Solutions, an entity of The Dow Chemical Company. For more information about SAFETOUCH™ visit

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America's largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency, veteran's housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction. For more information, visit

About Dow Building Solutions

Dow Building Solutions has a 60+ year legacy of providing energy saving solutions to the global commercial and residential construction industry, which began with the launch of its flagship STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation, one of the most recognized brands of insulation in the world. A market-facing business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Building Solutions offers unsurpassed building science expertise to help builders, designers, architects and home/building owners reduce energy costs and protect against wind, rain and moisture, while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. More information about Dow Building Solutions can be found at

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