USG Corp., a manufacturer of building products and solutions, has introduced a new environmentally friendly wallboard: Sheetrock Brand EcoSmart Panels. Developed to meet demand for sustainable building products, the product is built upon USG’s UltraLight technology that contractors prefer, now manufactured with a significantly reduced carbon footprint and lower water usage.
“As demand for sustainable products continues to grow, architects and builders are looking to manufacturers to take the next step in lowering our environmental footprint,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, USG Corp. “That’s why it was important to develop a way to use less water and energy in the manufacturing process. This provides our industry with an opportunity to address environmental challenges, and gives architects a product that is specifiable for sustainability.”
USG committed to developing a wallboard with a lower carbon footprint and is the only wallboard manufacturer to have done so. The panels may also contribute to achieving additional USGBC LEED v4.0 credits.
Scientists at USG’s Corporate Innovation Center developed new gypsum core chemistries and a manufacturing process to reduce 20% of carbon dioxide emissions and decrease water usage by 25%. The panels also reduce transportation fossil fuel consumption because they are lighter in weight.
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