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Greeen or low-toxicity drywall: reader opinion:

This article discusses a reader question and opinions on environmentally friendly or low-toxicity drywall or gypsum board, "green" building products including green drywall, and green building product certifying agencies as well as green drywall suppliers.



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What are you getting if you buy the "Green" or "low toxicity" drywall or gypsum board panels

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Reader Question:

Any thoughts regarding MagO walls?

Researching less toxic options since the walls we got from Certianteed (@$32 bucks a sheet) are coming apart just months after installation; don't think they're cleaning our air( 75 yrs pure air up to 25v coats of paint also made from COAL ASH GYPSUM + = yuk) as their commercials w/ Mike Holmes & Ty Pennington claim.

Hard to find precautionary principal rules to apply; takes a mortality rate for eons before affirmative actions.

Lots of lawsuits w/ china & american made; meanwhile people are negatively impacted. Your thoughts?

Is there such a thing as green drywall? If so, what alternatives to conventional drywall do you recommend? | Green Home Guide - cited by reader, http://www.greenhomeguide.com/askapro/question/is-there-such-a-thing-as-green-drywall-if-so-what-alternatives-to-conventional-drywall-do-you-recommend

Found a lot of info touting the miracle of MagO products like Dragonboard (China) & JetBoard (Texas) also found a company AmeriForm supplier near us in Cicero, ILLinois.

Quotes from various sites please refer to below; Youtube has many videos sing praises of MagO fire safety etc.

GeoBoard® - Decorative Cement Board | Ameriform
www.ameriformllc.com/geoboard.aspGeoBoard® is a decorative cement board used in both interior & exterior applications such as exterior ventilated rain-screen systems, exterior & interior cladding ...

The Most Innovative Building Product at the 2014 IBS – JetBoard by JetProducts......"Winners of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) second annual Best of International Builders’ Show (IBS) Awards were selected in February at the 2014 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. Awards were given to exhibitors with a product or line that showed the best combination of design, functionality and innovation.
More than 250 exhibitors applied to be considered for the seven awards, including the Most Innovative Building Product Award."
....." Product Description: Calcium silicate board --- Magnesium oxide board

Magnesium Oxide Board has the features as follows:(1)Non-flammability: Gemtreeboard is non-flammable and conforms to the national grade A1 standard (GB8624-2006 Grade A1). In case of fire, the board will not burn and not give off poisonous smoke, and is ideal in multi storey building such as offices and appartments for escape routes and shaftwall, or dividing walls in commercial units.(2)Water-proofing and moisture-proofing: The product is allowed to long-term expose to moist environment. Test results prove that after this material has been immersed in water for one month,it keeps its original shape without deformation or expansion and its dry-wet deforming ratio is 0%.(3)Problem-free: Gemtreeboard provides good insulation against bugs, fungus and corrosion. It can last for a long-time and will not corrode. (4)High-Strength and Lightweight: Owing to the density is not high ,the board is light weight, in this case, it can decrease weight of building greatly. At the same time, the material is high-strength and not easy to be damaged. (5)Easiness to construct: Gemtreeboard is easy to cut, saw nail, stick. Gemtreeboard has a smooth finish one side that can be taped and jointed ready for decoration including wallpapering, painting, texture coat and veneer, and a rougher side for tiling. (6)Environment: Gemtreeboard does not contain any organic solvents, formaldehyde, asbestos, oils or other toxic substitances that can have a negative impact on the environment and waterways. As such, saw dust from Gemtreeboard can safely be disposed off in landfills. Off-cuts of Gemtreeboard can be reground and reused back at the production factory. (7)Polywood substitution, particle board substitution and MDF substitution. Performance:Testing ItemDataBasisApparent densitye0.85-1.5t/m3JC688-2006Moisture content≤8%JC688-2006Percentage of dry shrinkage≤0.3%JC688-2006Percentage of water swelling≤0.6%JC688-2006Screw_withdrawal force≥70N/mmJC688-2006Dehalogenation resistanceNo water and no moisture createdJC688-2006Content of chloride ion≤10%JC688-2006Fireproof performanceA1 non-flammabilityGB8624-2006Fire resistant time2hA 90mm-thick partition with 6mm mgo board on both sides of studsFire resistant time4hA 99mm-thick partition with 12mm mgo board on both sides of studsSound insulation42dB9mm MgO board+75 stud+50 rockwoolBending strength16MPa9mmImpacting strength5.5Kj/m29mmEnvironmentNo radioaction, asbestos or formaldehyde freeGB656-2001Water permeabilityNo moisture or waterCECS9597Alkali Resistance CECS9597Thermal conductivity0.109Average temperature: 30±5Kcal/m°chr Suitable places for application:Interlayer walls 2.External walls 3. Partitions 4.Sound-resistance structure 5. Fire-proof structures 6.Fire-proof doors 7.Water-proof doors 8.Ceilings 9.pillar wrapping 10. Cabinet board 12.Flue board 13.Addition structure Welcome to official website ---www .gemtreeboard .com "

- anonymous by private email

Reply:

Anon:

We've heard similar complaints about drywall and "green-certified" drywall performance as well as about other products from readers who've been to "Green" websites or sought and bought "green-labelled" products.

OPINION: Unfortunately for people with a particular levels of concern about various aspects of the terms "green" or "environmentally-resonsible" or "healthy home" products, the construction industry, as other industries, has recognized the marketing value of the "green" label. Meanwile "green-labeling" itself has become difficult to navigate as self-appointed, self-labeling, self-certifying agences spring up to fill the market need. Some of these may be serious players, others simply less-obvious industry-marketing agencies.

Even LEED building certification is confusing, as the point-system allows a builder to earn points on some areas of energy conservation while paying them or at least missing them on others, leaving a consumer confused about just what "certification" means to them.

We cannot and don't in general recommend any specific product and we are as stymied as you about green building product or energy-efficient product labeling and agencies.

Whether reading ratings by a certifying agency or reading online product reviews, kudos, or gripes, consumers have to read with care as producers and sellers are acutely aware of the possible impact of good or bad publicity as well as review and website and search engine gaming techniques.

Consumers are left having to read the fine print and think for themselves.

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