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Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:13

Lafarge Plasterboard: High-performance now comes in ‘green’

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As more clients request “green” building alternatives, Lafarge Gypsum is continually finding solutions that provide design flexibility for architects and interior designers without compromising the environment.

Used in a variety of building types – including residential housing, hospitals, schools, offices and hotels – the Lafarge Gypsum Plasterboard range of 6.4mm, 12mm and 15mm are a boon to builders required to comply with the new SANS 204 energy efficiency standard.

Officially listed on ecospecifier, the leading global source of sustainable development and life-cycled assessed green product information, Lafarge Gypsum’s plasterboard is produced in a number of standard lengths, widths and thicknesses; as well as with a variety of characteristics, depending on the intended use of the board.

Says Jean-Paul Croze, Managing Director of Lafarge Gypsum South Africa: “Health buildings in particular are required to pass the most stringent technical standards to receive the necessary regulatory approvals. Lafarge Plasterboard is designed to meet these critical technical specifications while ensuring design flexibility.” In addition to their “green” attributes, the boards also offer fire and moisture resistance.

“The ecospecifier approval means our products have undergone an independent and unbiased assessment and are benchmarked against both South African and international standards,” Croze adds. To be listed on ecospecifier, products must exhibit one or more eco- and health-preferable characteristics when compared to other products in its category.

Ongoing research and development has seen Lafarge Gypsum produce a range of products that meet the most exacting technical specifications, whether an architect or builder needs to provide fire resistance, thermal insulation, acoustic control, partition solutions or a combination of these features.

As the first local plasterboard manufacturer to produce a 15mm plasterboard, Lafarge Gypsum South Africa says the thicker board is more resistant to damage in high traffic areas, therefore requiring less maintenance. “It is also able to carry the weight of wall hangings and racks for merchandising, making it ideal for shop fitting,” says Croze.

Lafarge Plasterboard and associated ceiling and partition systems are sold to installers through a network of stores in South Africa and across the continent. Lafarge Gypsum's products are also distributed to specialised resellers and hardware stores.

“With more and more South African individuals and companies becoming aware of the importance of insulation, health and safety and cost effective structures, Lafarge Gypsum’s product range offers a fully-recyclable plasterboard that reduces energy usage during the building phase while ensuring interior designers and architects achieve an aesthetically pleasing finish.”

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The Lafarge Gypsum business Unit (Gypsum), part of Lafarge South Africa, manufactures and markets gypsum-based products for constructing, finishing or decorating interior walls and ceilings in residential, commercial and institutional construction projects. Lafarge Gypsum strives to be the leading supplier of interior finishing products in Sub-Saharan Africa, focused on gypsum plasterboard and complementary systems, while creating value for all stakeholders in the business.

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