- It uses 80% less energy to produce than standard drywall.
- It doesn't contain gypsum. In fact, it's made with 80% post industrial recycled waste.
- It doesn't generate any mercury during the manufacturing process.
- It resists mold, up to 50% better than even mold resistant drywall.
- It is less dusty which cuts down on airborne contaminants.
- Application and installation process is like standard drywall so additional installer training is not needed.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
There are some exciting innovators in the construction material business. These are business leaders that not only manufacture products that are Green for the end-user (contributing to energy efficiency, durability, health and sustainability) but are also committed to greening the manufacturing process.
"How can we continue to make our products and lower or eliminate the environmental impact?"
"How can our products be utilized or recycled at the end of it's usefulness?"
Ray Anderson from interface is probably the best known of these pioneers. Please follow the previous links to learn more.
Another Company that has come to my attention is Serious Materials. They manufacture sheet drywall, windows, doors and coatings. I'd like to focus on two of their offerings.
EcoRock , which will be available in the spring of 2009 (western US), is the better drywall.
These are fiberglass frame windows that come in picture, casement and awning styles. They also have a sliding door. The frames are insulated with soy based foam and along with the enhanced AlpenGlass+ (TM) glass, these are high performance, low maintenance and amazing. They achieve a R11 and a U factor of 0.09.
Here's a comparison chart from the ThermaProof site:
Both of these product lines are really exciting. With the Energy Tax Credits coming back online in 2009, these would qualify for a 10% tax credit (up to $200.00) for the cost of these windows and doors.