The EC08 Complete plasterboard product from industry leader CSR Gyprock has been approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program.

This approval allows the low VOC plasterboard to be specified as a better building material choice for people with asthma and allergies.

Asthma Council Australia figures reveal that there are 2.3 million Australians with asthma, and one in three suffering from allergies. Most symptoms are commonly set off by triggers such as mould, dust mites, pollen and pets. The Council’s Sensitive Choice program helps to educate Australians by increasing awareness of the hundreds of household products and services available that meet strict guidelines, and make life easier for sufferers.

The Sensitive Choice Product Advisory Panel, comprising of experts in allergy, respiratory medicine, pharmacy, general practice, industrial chemistry and consumer issues, review all products that have been presented to the program. Only products that may be a better choice for people with asthma or allergy are included on the Sensitive Choice register and allowed to display the program’s blue butterfly logo.

Of the over 200 products and services certified as being better choices for asthma and allergy sufferers by the Sensitive Choice program, Gyprock EC08 Complete is the only plasterboard in Australia to have been given accreditation.

EC08 Complete has been manufactured with a highly effective mould inhibitor to provide the benefits of mould resistance, and is a superior choice for architects when designing specialised construction projects as no other wall lining material available in Australia achieves a better result in the ASTM G-21 test for mould growth.

Engineered to meet the highest standards across a broad range of performance requirements, EC08 Complete can now be confidently specified for specialised construction projects requiring a sensitive approach such as hospitals and aged care facilities where patients are at their most susceptible.

Key features and benefits of EC08 Complete premium multi-function plasterboard include moisture resistance with a high level of soft and hard body impact resistance, making it ideal for wet areas, which have an increased risk of impact; fire and acoustic rating; Australian made for Australian conditions; lightweight and easy to work with; part of a trusted, complete jointed system; scuff resistance; and can be paint-finished.

The EC08 Complete is the newest addition to Gyprock’s wider EC08 range. In 2008, Gyprock EC08 with reCore technology was the first Australian plasterboard to be certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). In 2014, all six boards in the EC08 range have been re-accredited to the latest GECA 04 – 2011 Panel Boards Standard, including the EC08 Complete.

Manufactured by CSR Gyprock in Australia, the entire plasterboard range features reCore technology, which enables the production of plasterboards to include higher levels of recycled content without impacting product performance.