CSR Gyprock’s innovative and sustainable EC08™ Complete plasterboard has been approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s (NACA) Sensitive Choice™ program. This means the low VOC plasterboard can be confidently specified as a better building material choice for people with asthma and allergies and for specialised construction projects such as hospital and aged care facilities where patients are at their most susceptible.
Mould has been identified by the NACA as being one of the key contributing triggers to set off asthma and allergy symptoms. Because EC08 Complete has been specifically formulated to provide the benefits of mould resistance, it is a superior choice for architects designing projects where a sensitive approach is desired. Manufactured with a highly effective mould inhibitor, there is no other wall lining material available in Australia that achieves a better result in the ASTM G-21 test for mould growth.
According to the Asthma Council Australia there are 2.3 million Australians with asthma, and one-in-three who suffer from allergies. In addition to mould the symptoms are commonly set off by triggers such as dust mites, pollens and pets and can be improved by reducing or avoiding these factors.
Of the 200 products and services certified as being better choices for asthma and allergy sufferers, Gyprock EC08 Complete is the only plasterboard in Australia to have been given approval.
The Sensitive Choice Product Advisory Panel, comprising experts in allergy, respiratory medicine, pharmacy, general practice, industrial chemistry and consumer issues, review all products that have been presented and only products that may be a better choice for people with asthma or allergy are included on the register and able to display the Sensitive Choice blue butterfly logo.
EC08 Complete is the most highly specified plasterboard in the Gyprock range. The premium, multi-function plasterboard is engineered to meet the highest standards across a broad range of performance requirements. In addition to being mould resistant, EC08 Complete is moisture resistant with a high level of both soft and hard body impact resistance, making it ideal for wet areas, which have an increased risk of impact. Other performance characteristics of EC08 Complete include fire and acoustic rating, meaning the plasterboard can deliver on all fronts while still retaining the proven benefits of Gyprock plasterboard that the construction industry respects. All characteristics have been tested to exceed the relevant testing standards.
EC08 Complete is the newest addition to Gyprock’s wider EC08 range. In 2008, Gyprock introduced EC08 with reCore™ technology, the first Australian plasterboard to be certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). All six Gyprock EC08 products feature reCore technology, enabling the production of plasterboards that include higher levels of recycled content without impacting product performance. In 2014, Gyprock is proud to have sixteen plasterboards accredited to the latest GECA 04–2011 V2 Panel Boards Standard.