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Owens Corning's Quiet Down America Tour Launches with HGTV's Candice Olson of "Divine Design" to Educate Consumers about Residential Noise Control Solutions

Toledo, Ohio, August 8, 2006 – This month, well-known PINK insulation manufacturer, Owens Corning (OWENQ.OB) is launching a category awareness tour across the country to educate consumers about ways to control unwanted noise in the home. To help promote its QuietZone® residential noise control building product solutions, Owens Corning's Quiet Down America Tour will visit leading home shows throughout the country to highlight ways Americans can incorporate the element of "shhhhh!" in their home design.

The Quiet Down America Tour launches on August 9 in New York City and will demonstrate the state-of-the-art QuietZone product solutions, which when used together, can reduce airborne and structural noises by up to 85 percent*. Tour stop attendees will hear a live noise comparison of common household appliances through an untreated wall in the mobile QuietZone product solutions house and again through a wall treated with Owens Corning's highest level noise control solution, QuietZone® Quiet Retreats™.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how sound is transmitted from room to room as well as how QuietZone products can be used to manage volume within each room of the home. Third-party experts specializing in the fields of acoustics and architectural engineering will also be on hand at select stops to answer visitor questions about home design and sound transmission.

"Modern appliances and amenities coupled with today's high ceilings and hardwood floors help create beautiful indoor environments, but ones that are noisy and highly disruptive," said Candice Olson, host of HGTV Network's "Divine Design."

"As a result, common household activities can have a jarring impact on a family's quality of life. Before the walls are painted or the accent rug is placed, new homeowners need to consider the elements behind and below these items that will allow them to fully enjoy the finished product."

Utilized during the building phase of the home, QuietZone products work to help absorb, block, break and isolate sound waves that travel from room to room. Installed between walls and floors, the products reduce the amount of noise heard outside of the treated room. The line includes products ranging from acoustic insulation batts, sealant, wall studs, ceiling products and floor mats to duct board and flexible duct media products for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system - which can improve the acoustics of the home and contribute to increased energy efficiency.

"Residential noise control has been overlooked for years while home design and lifestyles have made it more important than ever to raise awareness among new construction home buyers about the solutions available to better manage sound," said Portia Ash, business manager for Owens Corning Residential Noise Control. "Addressing the need for residential noise control is a critical factor in new home construction and this tour is a way to let new homeowners experience the most complete noise control solution available on the market."

The Quiet Down America tour will visit the following locations:

  • Anaheim, Calif.- Southern California Home & Garden Show, Aug. 19-27
  • San Antonio, Texas- Fall Texas Home & Garden Show, Sept. 8-10
  • Austin, Texas- Fall Texas Home & Garden Show, Sept. 22-24
  • Denver, Colo.- Home Decorating & Remodeling Show, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
  • Jacksonville, Fla.- Jacksonville Fall Home Show, Oct. 5-8
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.- West Palm Beach Home & Garden Show, Oct. 20-22
  • Marlboro, Md.- Suburban Maryland Fall Home & Garden Expo, Oct. 27-29
  • Kansas City, Mo.- The Greater Kansas City Home Show, Nov. 3-5

*For more information about QuietZone product solutions, please call 1-800-GET-PINK™ or visit www.QuietZone.com.

About Owens Corning

Owens Corning is a world leader in building materials systems and composite solutions. A Fortune 500 company for more than 50 years, Owens Corning people redefine what is possible each day to deliver high-quality products and services ranging from insulation, roofing and manufactured stone veneer, to glass composite materials used in transportation, electronic, telecommunications and other high-performance applications. Since the company’s founding in 1938, Owens Corning has become a market-leading innovator of glass fiber technology with sales of $6.3 billion in 2005 and 20,000 employees in 25 countries. Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com.

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