A unique technology developed by worldwide plasterboard specialist Saint-Gobain is being utilised by Gyprock to help create cleaner indoor environments.

Given that Australians spend around 90% of their time indoors, it’s not surprising to see the strong focus on indoor air quality in our building legislation.

Architects and specifiers are actively seeking solutions to reduce the levels of VOCs and other pollutants, particularly for projects where poor air quality can have a more damaging effect such as in hospitals, aged care and education facilities.

The Activ'Air technology by Saint-Gobain converts VOCs – particularly formaldehyde – into non-harmful inert compounds that are permanently locked in the board and cannot be released back into the air. Activ'Air should be specified for any project where a sterile environment is desired.

Activ'Air technology is built into Gyprock’s Gyptone and Rigitone perforated plasterboard ranges that have been recently introduced to the Australian market through Gyprock's International Alliance program. These products provide exceptional acoustic control and a high level of design flexibility.

Independent testing was conducted at the CertainTeed Research Centre in Blue Bell, PA to ISO 16000-23: Indoor air – Performance test evaluating the reduction of formaldehyde concentrations by absorptive building materials. These tests showed that Activ'Air can reduce the concentration of formaldehyde within an environment by up to 60% when installed in ceilings, even when there is continuous airflow containing formaldehyde.

Installing ceiling and wall linings containing Activ'Air technology will have an enduring impact on air quality and will improve the environment for people working and living in the space.