HYATTSVILLE, MD – November 1, 2017, The Gypsum Association (GA) has enhanced its web-based application devoted to specialized performance gypsum panel products by adding a new section devoted to single-family homes. Now covering residential as well as commercial and multifamily structures, these 2017 additions to the GA website are aimed at providing essential, yet impartial, information about products with features such as additional fire-resistance, increased surface durability, extended weatherability, and an ever-widening list of application-specific, specialty performance characteristics.
Although gypsum wallboard has dominated interior wall construction for more than half a century, this cost-efficient, easy-to-install building material has experienced continuous development and enhancement. The performance panels highlighted on gypsum.org are manufactured by all GA member companies and include exterior gypsum sheathing, abuse resistant and impact resistant gypsum panels, mold and moisture resistant panels, and 5/8-inch type X wallboard.
The new residential section shows performance panel types illustrated in situ, with physical description, advantages, and limitations noted. Answers to frequently asked questions are supplied for each performance board. Citations and links to all pertinent ASTM standards and GA technical and code referenced documents are provided. In addition, a section on the basics of sound control addresses an often longed for quality in single family homes-peace and quiet. The acoustics section emphasizes system solutions to sound attenuation.
Executive Director Stephen H. Meima, APR, LEED Green Assoc. notes, “Compared to traditional drywall, specialized performance gypsum panels are relatively new. Educating consumers, residential architects and homebuilders about these multi-attribute performance products is an important contribution to both the design and construction value chain and to quality of life.”