Australian plasterboard market leader, CSR Gyprock® has achieved another first for green building, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes.
Gyprock is proudly the first manufacturer to be accredited under a new standard set by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). The new GECA Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants standard (AFSv4.0-2014) includes general purpose adhesives, fillers and joint sealants for building work and commercial manufacturing.
The new standard was developed after recognising a need to enable customers in the building trade to identify environmentally and socially preferable compounds and sealants. The harsh chemicals contained in these products can potentially pose a threat to human health and indoor air quality and the new labelling assures quality products with a lower environmental and human health impact.
By achieving the new standard across the majority of its compound range, Gyprock customers can now expand on their environmental choice enabling contractors, builders and designers to confidently comply with global best practice in product certification and eco-labelling for the Australian market.
Labelled under the new GECA standard, the majority of Gyprock's adhesives, fillers and sealants have been assessed to meet environmental, human health and ethical impact criteria assuring that they are:
- Better for the environment – with responsible use of harsh chemicals and low waste and resource consumption
- Better for human health – with minimised Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content, no known carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins and with measures in place to prevent the inhalation of crystalline silica and mica
- Better for ethical considerations – with no unsubstantiated claims workers can expect equal opportunities and a safe working environment
The premium products exceed the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) specification for VOC content and comply with the new GECA standard without compromising the high performance standards that Gyprock customers expect.
Gyprock has a proud history of sustainable building development, achieving many industry firsts for products and systems that have a reduced impact on our environment. In 2008, Gyprock's EC08™ plasterboard was the first in Australia to be certified under the GECA label. In 2011, in another first for Gyprock, all six boards in its EC08 range were recertified to the GECA 2011 Panel Boards Standard, GECA 04 – 2011, alongside the new certification of its 10mm Superchek™ plasterboard.
Continuing to push for higher environmental performance in its product range, Gyprock proudly announced in 2014, that GECA accreditation had been granted to all Gyprock plasterboards in the Standard and Speciality ranges as well as the re-accreditation of its Environmental range. This means it now has 16 boards with GECA accreditation.
With the majority of its plasterboards and compounds accredited by GECA, Gyprock offers a comprehensive range of products with 3rd party green accreditation, which can contribute towards achieving points for projects being certified under the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Green Star rating system. The GBCA was established in 2002 to drive the adoption of green building practices through market based solutions. It introduced Green Star in 2003, the national voluntary rating system has become the standard practice in the industry for rating the environmental performance of buildings.