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.

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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).

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  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.

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Gold Bond Gypsum Board

Gold Bond® BRAND Gypsum Board panels consist of a fire-resistant gypsum core encased in heavy natural-finish, 100% recycled paper on the face and back sides.


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)
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GREENGUARD | Certified (standard)
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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Sheetrock Sheathing Gypsum Panels

USG Sheetrock® Brand Gypsum Sheathing has a moisture-resistant gypsum core encased in a 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.
GREENGUARD Certification
Last Updated

March 28, 2018

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Gold Bond Fire Shield

Gold Bond® BRAND Fire-Shield® Gypsum Board panels consist of a fire-resistant gypsum core encased in heavy natural-finish, 100% recycled paper on the face and back sides. The face paper is folded around the long edges to reinforce and protect the core, and the ends are square-cut and finished smooth. 


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 Sheating

Gold Bond® BRAND eXP® Sheathing is a moisture and mold resistant gypsum panel designed for attachment to the outside of sidewall and soffit framing as a water resistant underlayment for various exterior materials.


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.
Last Updated

September 26, 2016

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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).

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Updated May 17, 2017
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