Eco-Friendly Drywall will not only give you a healthier home but it will have incredible effects on the earth for many years to come. Many people think reducing fuel emissions and installing energy saving systems in their home is how to protect the environment. It is true that these practices are not only good ecological practices, but homeowners can often reduce their energy costs significantly. However, new and better ways to protect the health of the environment are being developed constantly, and green drywall is one of the most recent.
Recycling discarded items is an effective practice that reduces harmful waste products that end up in a permanent landfill. Reusing materials such as plastic, glass, and paper to re-manufacture new containers, bottles and paper products prevents the destruction of forests.
Many homeowners are not aware that regular drywall can emit harmful CO2 emissions into their home. Innovative technology has found ways to manufacture safe drywall panels that do not release any dangerous toxins into the air. These panels are composed of materials that are recycled byproducts, previously added to a landfill or burned.
EcoRock is one green alternative to gypsum drywall that is mold resistant and does not produce any airborne mercury. This drywall product is composed of 80 percent recycled by-products from steel and cement manufacturing processes. It is naturally dried and cured without using any heat or chemicals, so it requires less energy to manufacture.
Dura Panels is another green drywall choice that uses wheat and rice straw agricultural by-products. This waste was previously disposed of by burning which caused carbon emissions to be released into the environment. These waste products are formed into a hardcore panels using heat and pressure. The straw contains an organic polymer that the process converts into a natural binding agent. A non-toxic, water-based PVA glue is then used to encase the panel in recycled Kraft liner paper. The Dura Panels can also be recycled, used to produce fertilizer mulch or the discarded panels naturally decompose in a landfill.
Modern homeowners are fortunate that contractors and building supply stores are becoming more environmentally conscious. The current trend is to use green building materials as much as possible in new construction and home renovations. This practice not only reduces unhealthy emissions caused by some traditional building materials but also helps to preserve the environment.
Green materials and practices are becoming the preferred choice for new homeowners. Since drywall makes up about 80 percent of the exposed wall surface in the average home, environmentally safe drywall is the best and safest choice.
Check your local yellowpages or just simply good “drywallers close to me” to contact a local drywaller. I used Guelph Drywallers and they were incredibly knowledgeable about the of these new products. Here is a pic of the drywall ready to be install in our home.