Gypsum wallboard manufacturer USG Corp. says its new EcoSmart Panels Mold Tough Firecode X product is the industry’s first lightweight and sustainable 5/8-inch Type X gypsum wallboard with moisture- and mold-resistant properties.
The company also says the panel is the only one of its kind to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products.
“Providing solutions to the industry’s biggest challenges has been the driving force behind USG’s success for the last 115 years,” says Brian Tauke, general manager for wallboard at USG. “We have expanded the Sheetrock EcoSmart Panels line, which enables sustainable construction to take a major step forward in helping architects meet the goals set forth in the Architecture 2030 Challenge through sustainable products.”
The Sheetrock branded panels are manufactured with a reduced carbon footprint and lower water usage. Developed to meet the demand for more sustainable building materials, the panels feature the company’s own lightweight gypsum core technology. As a result, the panels use up to 15 percent less water and have up to 11 percent less global warming potential. These panels also reduce transportation fossil fuel consumption because they are lighter weight.