Australian plasterboard market leader, CSR Gyprock announces its accreditation under a new standard set by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). The first manufacturer to be accredited under this standard, CSR Gyprock continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes.

The new GECA Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants standard (AFSv4.0-2014) includes general purpose adhesives, fillers and joint sealants for building work and commercial manufacturing. It was developed to enable customers in the building trade identify environmentally and socially preferable compounds and sealants that would not present any threat to human health or indoor air quality. The new labelling offers customers the assurance that the products have a lower environmental and human health impact.

With Gyprock having achieved the new standard across a majority of its compound range, contractors, builders and designers can confidently comply with global best practice in product certification and eco-labelling for the Australian market.

Labelled under the new GECA standard, the majority of Gyprock’s adhesives, fillers and sealants have been assessed to meet environmental, human health and ethical impact criteria, providing the assurance that they are: Better for the environment – with responsible use of harsh chemicals and low waste and resource consumption; Better for human health – with minimised Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content, no known carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins and with measures in place to prevent the inhalation of crystalline silica and mica; Better for ethical considerations – with no unsubstantiated claims workers can expect equal opportunities and a safe working environment.

Gyprock’s premium products exceed the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) specification for VOC content and comply with the new GECA standard without compromising the high performance standards expected by customers.

Gyprock’s commitment to sustainable building development has seen the manufacturer achieve several accreditations that prove the reduced environmental impact of their products and systems. These include the GECA certification in 2008 for Gyprock’s EC08 plasterboard, the first in Australia to be certified; the 2011 recertification of all six boards in Gyprock’s EC08 range to the GECA 2011 Panel Boards Standard, GECA 04 – 2011, alongside the new certification of its 10mm Superchek plasterboard; and GECA accreditation granted in 2014 to all Gyprock plasterboards in the Standard and Speciality ranges as well as the re-accreditation of its Environmental range. Gyprock currently has 16 boards with GECA accreditation.

Gyprock additionally offers a comprehensive range of products with 3rd party green accreditation, which can contribute towards achieving points for projects being certified under the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star rating system.