Mining raw gypsum can be an energy-intensive process, which is why recycled or synthetic gypsum is often thought to be more the more sustainable option. However, this flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum can contain fly ash and heavy metal residuals from the extraction processes. Furthermore, both natural and synthetic drywall may contain biocides, as well as a variety of potentially toxic additives used for mold resistance or performance requirements.

Drywall

4 products
How to Use This List

About Our Collections

The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

Keep an eye out for the following symbols:
A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Products with the designation of "Healthier & Affordable" were specified and installed in at least one of our Case Studies of healthier affordable housing.

Available at the Donghia healthier Materials Library

The Donghia healthier Materials Library library is open to Parsons student and faculty. Learn more about access and opening hours here.

New Product

This product has been added to the collection within the past six months.

Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Declare Label

Declare is a transparency platform and product database that answers three questions: 
  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

Other
Learn More
Category Sub-category Manufacturer Product Ingredient Disclosures

Gold Bond Gypsum Board

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Gold Bond’s Gypsum Board panels are a lightweight and cost-effective wall material. Their gypsum core (which is naturally fire resistant) is encased in 100% recycled paper on the face and back sides. This product is also Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning it meets strict standards for VOC and Formaldehyde emissions.


Category
Drywall, Gypsum
Manufacturer
National Gypsum Company
Product Website

Material composition *

Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate (Gypsum) 85-95%, Cellulose (Paper Fiber) 5-15%, may contain Mixture-Calcium, Aluminum Silicates, Amorphous Silica <1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

4’ x 6’ up to 16’ - available in 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” thickness

COLORS

White and gray paper face

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
GREENGUARD | Gold
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

Download data sheet icon-pdf Created with Sketch.

Sheetrock Sheathing Gypsum Panels

USG Sheetrock® Brand Gypsum Sheathing is a non-structural panel that can be used under many exterior surfaces in residential and commercial construction. The product is made of a moisture-resistant gypsum core encased in 100% recycled moisture-resistant paper on both sides and the long edges. The treated gypsum core allows water vapor to escape from stud space, protecting wood framing from moisture buildup.


Category
Drywall, Gypsum
Manufacturer
USG Sheetrock
Product Website

Material composition *

Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate and Cellulose

*As reported by SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

48" x 98"

COLORS

Off white to grey

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
GREENGUARD Certification
Last Updated

March 28, 2018

Download data sheet icon-pdf Created with Sketch.

Gold Bond Fire Shield

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Gold Bond® BRAND Fire-Shield® Gypsum Board panels consist of a fire-resistant gypsum core encased in 100% recycled paper. The gypsum core acts as a natural "sprinkler system". The material contains about 21 percent water, which is converted to steam under high heats. This loss of water tends to lead to shrinkage, which can cause cracks that let heat and fire through. Gold Bond's Fire-Shield drywall uses non-combustable fibers to help the boards retain their shape.


Category
Drywall, Gypsum
Manufacturer
National Gypsum Company
Product Website

Material composition *

Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate (Gypsum) 85-95%, Cellulose (paper Fiber) 5-15%, may contain Mixture-Calcium, Aluminum Silicates, Amorphous Silica <1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

4’ x 6’ up to 16’ - available in 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” thickness

COLORS

White and purple paper face

Gold Bond XP Gypsum Board

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Gold Bond XP Gypsum Board is the National Gypsum Company’s moisture and mold resistant product. Sporgard™ is added to the gypsum core, which is encased in 100% recycled, mold and mildew resistant paper on either side. This product is also Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning it meets strict standards for VOC and formaldehyde emissions.


Category
Drywall, Gypsum
Manufacturer
National Gypsum Company
Product Website

Material composition *

Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate (Gypsum) >85%, Cellulose (Paper Fiber) <10%

*As reported by manufacturer and product SDS

AVAILABLE SIZING

4’ x 6’ up to 16’ - available in 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” thickness

COLORS

White and purple paper face

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
Other
GREENGUARD | Gold
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

Download data sheet icon-pdf Created with Sketch.

Spec Guidance

Prefer drywall with the highest proportion of natural gypsum and the lowest proportion of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) synthetic gypsum, which has shown to release large amounts of mercury into the environment during the material's production (HomeFree).

Updated May 17, 2017
↑  Glossary