Design Better with National Gypsum's 17 Health Product Declarations
These days, the terms “green” and “sustainability” are tossed around often, so it’s not surprising that building and design pros can become skeptical. But manufacturers are helping to add authenticity to claims by encouraging product transparency through material ingredient disclosure. This allows builders, designers and other product specifiers – like you – to make informed decisions based on verifiable and consistent information. National Gypsum is pleased to be one of those manufacturers.
“As a company, we are responsible for the products we create, and we take that very seriously,” says Warren Barber, manager of technical marketing." We want to avoid developing anything that would harm people or our earth. We live in the communities where we build our products, and we also work and live in the buildings that these products are integrated into. The sustainability of our products also affects us.”
Striving For Transparency
As part of our sustainability efforts, National Gypsum has published 17 Health Product Declarations (HPDs) covering all product brands and 40 products, which address a variety of application and nearly all interior wall systems. An HPD is a method for identifying ingredients and health information of a product; the completed report complies with the Health Product Declaration® Open Standard and describes a product used in the built environment.
In layman’s terms, an HPD means National Gypsum has taken the time to investigate and disclose the ingredients in our products down to 1,000 parts per million. This transparency allows you to make informed, apples-to-apples product comparisons and select the products that best meet each project’s unique sustainability goals. Other sustainable product information we offer includes third-party indoor environmental quality certifications for low chemical emissions, mold resistance claim validations, material credit compliance, life cycle assessments and hazard screenings of product ingredients.
Leveraging LEED v4
For those pursuing LEED v4, HPDs assist in earning a point under Building Product Disclosure and Optimization — Material Ingredients, Option 1, Material Ingredient Reporting, which prescribes the use of 20 permanently installed products that demonstrate chemical inventory.
National Gypsum offers 17 HPDs that cover four product brands, addressing a variety of interior and exterior applications:
To view all
17 HPDs, visit the
National Gypsum Design Center.
Ready To Learn More?
Please do not hesitate to call your construction design manager or me if you would like to discuss this information further or need more details. As always, we are here to help you design and build better.
Gold Bond® BRAND High Strength LITE®
Use Gold Bond® BRAND High Strength LITE® on both walls and ceilings, eliminating the need for two different types of board on the jobsite. Specify it for interior, non-fire-rated applications. This specialty gypsum board is formulated to be 25 percent lighter than Gold Bond® BRAND ½” High Strength Gypsum Board.
For fire-rated interior wall and ceiling applications, choose Gold Bond® BRAND High Strength Fire-Shield® LITE®. This 5/8” gypsum board features a Type X fire-resistive core and is 15 percent lighter than standard 5/8” Type X Gypsum Board. Gold Bond® High Strength Fire-Shield® LITE® offers the same features as High Strength LITE® and is also approved for specific UL-rated designs.
Cornell’s 2009 Solar Decathlon entry, the “Silo House,” consists of three interconnected, cylinder-shaped modules, each about 16 feet in diameter, housing the kitchen, bedroom and living room. Designed net-zero, the home’s 40 photovoltaic panels generate more energy than the home uses. The walls of this “post-agrarian” concept home were built with Gold Bond® BRAND ¼-inch High Flex® Gypsum Board. The house also features an integrated solar thermal system and evacuated tube collectors that heat the space and water. The Cornell Solar Decathlon team included representatives from all seven Cornell colleges and the graduate school of business.
Summer is a good time to fulfill more CEUs. Consider taking one of these continuing education courses:
Take Advantage Of Our Complimentary Service
Would you like an architect to review your specifications at no cost? National Gypsum’s in-house architects and certified Construction Document Technology (CDT) specialists are now available for Complimentary Architectural Specification Reviews. This free service provides peace of mind and helps your project stay on track. Contact your Construction Design Manager today to request a review, and let us help you.