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Category: Gypsum

Gypsum Association releases revised EPD for glass mat panels

The Gypsum Association (GA) has released a revised and updated environmental product declaration (EPD) for glass mat gypsum panels. Following the standards set in the Association’s product category rules (PCR) for North American gypsum panel products, the EPD provides vital environmental performance information addressing energy consumption, water consumption, global warming, waste, air emissions and other metrics related to production.

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The LEGO Group opens new campus in Billund, Denmark

The LEGO Group’s new, state-of-the-art campus, designed by C.F. Møller Architects, will span 54,000 square meters and house more than 2,000 employees when it is finished in 2021. Sustainability is a core tenet for the LEGO Group, referred to as the “Planet Promise.” For example, the rooftops of the new buildings are covered with Sedum plants which absorb water and CO2, and rainwater will be used to irrigate the green parks in the campus area.

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A healthy future for mass timber in medical facilities

Contributing author Lanny Flynn, Principal, Buildings Engineering at Stantec, takes a comprehensive look at the use of mass timber as a design element and as an advanced building material in the construction of medical facilities. Flynn shares his expertise citing research on positive health outcomes; the types and key elements of mass timber; benefits including infection control and ease of mass timber construction; safety concerns; and future changes in the International Building Code which will introduce three new construction types enabling the consideration of mass timber for larger facilities.

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Gypsum Association launches new website

According to the Gypsum Association, efficiently and effectively providing technical expertise on gypsum panel products is the objective of the new redesign. Responding to technical questions about gypsum panels and systems is among the Association’s core competencies. The redesign includes more robust search functionality, new content, and is optimized for mobile devices. Downloading and page loading times are decreased markedly compared to the former site.

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Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C.

The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral’s dome, apse and tabernacle all required a high degree of precision and detail, twisting and molding two layers of CertainTeed Gypsum wallboard to match the structural frame, which was first constructed on the ground and then lifted high into the ceilings’ curved surfaces to be fit and secured. The architecture also featured barrel-vaulted ceilings and splayed window returns, distinguishing this project from other cathedrals in the region.

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L&W Supply acquires Delta Gypsum

Delta Gypsum specializes in drywall products, metal studs, ceiling products and insulation. They have six locations in North Carolina and one branch in eastern Tennessee, under the name Appalachian Gypsum.

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ESD’s new headquarters demonstrates sustainable design with CertainTeed Gypsum

One of ESD’s biggest priorities for the project was to achieve LEED Silver certification. CertainTeed Gypsum was an attractive manufacturer to ESD for its selection and quality of environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPD). EPDs are independently-verified third-party reports that outline a building product’s impact on the environment. 

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In case you missed it: The Gypsum Association announced updated codes and design manual in December

In case you missed it: The Gypsum Association (GA) announced December 19, 2018, the release of “GA-600-2018 Fire Resistance and Sound Control Design Manual.” In a separate news item released December 5, the association announced that beginning in 2018 “GA-216 Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products” will be revised and released to coincide with the 2021 code revision cycle and to better align with the Association’s other code-referenced documents, namely “GA-600 Fire Resistance and Sound Control Design Manual” and “GA-253 Application of Gypsum Sheathing.”

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