May 2019

New Site Highlights NGC’s Commitment to Sustainability

By Amy Hockett

Sustainability is a process at the heart of National Gypsum Company, and we want to show you how that translates to doing business with us.

Building Futures Website – Where We Share Sustainability Updates

If you haven’t already visited our new Building Futures™ website, please take a moment and click in today. It’s an online resource we developed with you in mind, and it has important information pertaining to National Gypsum’s commitment to all things related to sustainability. You can see how we measure and manage our environmental footprint, ways we use technology to optimize processes, and continuous improvements we’re making to build a culture that challenges the status quo.

Find Out How Sustainability Affects More Than Our Product Lines

Here, you’ll also see how “doing well by doing good” extends far beyond our products. It impacts the communities we serve, the lives of our more than 2,400 associates and the ways we put our guiding values into practice. Sustainability is about reducing our carbon footprint. But it’s also about having a strong footprint in communities across the nation – where our associates help to rebuild when disaster strikes, support wounded combat veterans, and go the extra mile for customers when it counts most.

Our job would not be complete if we did not also create transparency around how we live our company values, how our associates engage with our communities, and how we are faring on the evolving metrics of corporate citizenship.

In the words of our Chairman, CEO and President, Tom Nelson, “I want others to see National Gypsum as a company going beyond compliance and building a better future for our associates, our customers, our owners, the communities where we work and the environment.” You can read more of his insights when you visit Building Futures.

How Well Do Our Products Score in the Sustainability Arena?
How efficiently does our manufacturing plant reduce waste? What measures do we take to clear the air? Whether disclosure is required or not, the answers to these questions also factor into creating a superior product line. Creating new and innovative building products, with gentler or no environmental consequences, is always our goal. We believe high-performance products can also score well on the sustainability spectrum. Transparency and disclosure, including our Health Product Declarations and Declare labels, are key components of sustainability, along with continuous improvement in our product specifications and assemblies to meet today’s most stringent performance standards for health and wellness. In the Building Futures website, we pull back the curtain and share data that helps you make more informed choices when specifying for projects that will impact generations to come.

Even if you’ve already taken a tour, visit Building Futures again to learn more about how we are “building today for a better tomorrow.” We post new information regularly, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have. If we can provide additional information, don’t hesitate to call or email your Construction Design Manager. As always, we’re here to help you design and build better.

"National Gypsum Company has always strived to be a good corporate citizen. With the launch of the Building Futures website in February, the information can be found in one place."
- Pat Grotlisch

"Our intention with the publication of Building Futures is to show our customers and communities our commitment to integrating our company values into everything we do. We are determined to apply sustainable practices in every facet of our business, at all of the communities where we work, and in doing so we will build a better future together.
- James Phipps, Director of Environmental Affairs at National Gypsum

Product Overview

New PermaBase® BRAND CI Insulated Cement BoardTM Saves Time and Labor

If your project requires continuous insulation and you want the strength of cement board with more design flexibility, take a closer look at our new PermaBase® CI Insulated Cement Board. An excellent substrate for many exterior applications, including Cement Board Masonry Veneer Wall System (CBMV) and Cement Board Stucco System (CBSS), it allows the combination of exterior finishes on one continuous substrate. Durable and efficient, PermaBase CI Insulated Cement Board will work well for both commercial and residential exteriors. We’ve highlighted some of this new board’s features.

  • Laminated with a R-10 Insulation, PermaBase CI meets or exceeds energy code requirements.
  • NFPA 285 approvals for adhered veneer finishes, such as manufactured and natural stone, thin brick and tile as well as direct-applied coatings of synthetic stucco.
  • Faster Installation: PermaBase CI will save time and labor over installing separate insulation and cement board solutions.
  • Performance: Made with PermaBase Cement Board and high-density polyiso insulation that provides durability and highly efficient insulation in one convenient package.
  • GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low chemical emissions.

For more information or to explore whether it is appropriate for your application, talk with your Construction Design Manager.

Project Profile

VCU’s Vibrant, Modern Residence Center





Gladding Residence Center at Virginia Commonwealth University
Clark Nexsen

W.M. Jordan Company


Completed in 2018, the 12-story Gladding Residence Center at VCU is a sleek, 356,000-square-foot complex. Blending traditional materials with contemporary aesthetics, it has dramatically expanded the university’s housing capacity. Completed by a public private partnership team, including American Campus Communities, Clark Nexsen, Ayers Saint Gross and W.M. Jordan Company, this impressive facility also incorporates six National Gypsum products – click the link below to find out which ones.

Read More About The Project

Continuing Education

Spring is a great time to get a jump on fulfilling some CEUs. We recommend taking these continuing education courses:

Gypsum Board: Beyond Recycled Content
1 hour/AIA HSW CE Hour
High Performance Gypsum: Protect against Mold, Moisture and Exposure
1 hour/AIA HSW CE Hour

Meet Our New Construction Design Manager – Gulf and Southeast Areas!

Welcome, Alan Zeedyk

Alan brings a wealth of product and industry experience to Technical Marketing. Working with building products for more than three decades, he moved to the manufacturing side of the business with Georgia-Pacific in 1989. Since then, he’s held many management and sales positions at G-P, eventually progressing to Architectural Area Sales Manager under the Gypsum division. In that capacity, he trained architects, contractors and building owners on glass mat technology through continuing education and industry events. His vast experience also encompasses roofing and vinyl siding. Passionate about building products and helping professionals solve all levels of challenges, Alan looks forward to helping you design and build better with National Gypsum. Based out of Ocala, Florida, he is the go-to source for those working in the Gulf and Southeast. If you do business in that region, don’t hesitate to reach out to Alan with technical questions or to schedule a Lunch ‘N Learn. He looks forward to talking with you soon.


Amy Hockett
National Marketing Manager, Architectural Services & Sustainability

Pat Grotlisch

Frank Fuller

Alan Zeedyk
Gulf / Southeast

Thad Goodman
Central / Midwest

Scott Hughes
Northeast / Atlantic

Trang Schwartz
Architectural Specialist