CENTRIA has been awarded the 2008 Shades of Green Leadership Awards in the business category presented by the Green Building Alliance (GBA). The GBA is a nonprofit organization that supports the use of green buildings and green building products in Western Pa. The awards recognize the efforts of businesses, non-profits, governments and individuals in Western Pennsylvania who have contributed to the region’s environmental transformation through green leadership.

“CENTRIA’s design philosophy incorporates aesthetics, performance and sustainability as we develop solutions for commercial, institutional and industrial building projects,” said Mark Sherwin, president of CENTRIA. “While the green movement is relatively young and growing rapidly, it’s something that we’ve been involved with for many years. We have been developing products and solutions that are more energy efficient to use; even products that generate alternative energy like solar power. We also have been improving the processes and raw materials that we use to manufacture our products. This is why we are so honored that the Green Building Alliance has recognized our commitment with this award.”

CENTRIA won the Green Leadership Award for the business category and was recognized for its work on a revolutionary new solar technology to the building industry. The process integrates a thin film of solar laminate with metal roofing products in a system approach that makes it easier and more cost-effective for roofing manufactures to incorporate green technology in their designs.

Winners were honored March 5 during a luncheon at the Green$ense 2008 conference in Pittsburgh. This one-day conference is the premier conference on green building for the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley Regions. It highlights strategies in green building and features sessions and case studies with nationally recognized experts.