|Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart Panels answer architects’ desire for products with reduced environmental impacts; meets industry’s 2030 Challenge
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), an industry-leading manufacturer of
building products and innovative solutions, introduced the next big
thing in wallboard: Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart Panels.
Developed to answer the demand for sustainable building products,
Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart Panels represent a revolution in
wallboard manufacturing, creating the industry’s first and only
wallboard that is both lightweight and sustainable. These panels are
built upon USG’s UltraLight technology that contractors prefer but now
manufactured with a significantly reduced carbon footprint and lower
“We always strive to solve our industry’s toughest challenges, and as
demand for sustainable products continues to grow, architects and
builders are looking to manufacturers to take the next step in lowering
our environmental footprint,” said Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO
of USG Corporation. “That’s why it was important to develop a way to use
less water and energy in the manufacturing process. This provides our
industry with an opportunity to address environmental challenges, and
gives architects a product that is specifiable for sustainability.”
According to Architecture 2030, buildings consume nearly half of all the
energy produced in the United States and are the most significant source
of greenhouse gas. Buildings are also responsible for 45 percent of CO2
emissions. It’s up to both building designers and product manufacturers
to tackle a problem of this magnitude.
“There has been a significant movement in the architecture community to
reduce the carbon footprint of the building sector,” said Edward Mazria,
CEO and Founder of the Architecture 2030 Challenge. “Yet, to fully
achieve our goal for the building sector to become carbon-neutral by
2050, manufacturers like USG must quickly rise to the occasion and
develop sustainable, low-carbon and zero-carbon building materials.”
USG committed to developing a wallboard with a lower carbon footprint
when it adopted the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products in July
2016. To date, USG is the only wallboard manufacturer to have done so.
With its Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart Panels, architects will
have, for the first time ever, a truly sustainable and lightweight
wallboard that can be specified in their designs. These panels may also
contribute to achieving additional USGBC® LEED®
v4.0 credits and meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.
USG Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart Panels represent a revolution
in wallboard manufacturing, resulting in wallboard that provides the
same performance characteristics as USG Sheetrock® Brand
UltraLight Panels but with sustainable features. Scientists at USG’s
Corporate Innovation Center developed new gypsum core chemistries and a
manufacturing process to reduce 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions
and decrease water usage by 25 percent. These panels also reduce
transportation fossil fuel consumption because they are lighter weight.
USG’s Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart Panels are available
nationwide to distributors in 5/8” thickness, and are offered in two
core formulations for fire- and non-fire-rated applications.
For more information, visit usg.com/eco.
For more information about the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products,
please visit architecture2030.org/2030_challenges/products.
About USG Corporation
USG Corporation is an industry leading manufacturer of building products
and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves
construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum
Company and USG Interiors, LLC subsidiaries and its international
subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture.
Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the
solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where
people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint
venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia,
Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.