Sustainable living

Smart living solutions

Our partnership with our customers spans from the design and specification stages through to the project delivery and end of life. Whether used to construct a house or hospital, plasterboard possesses the characteristics of sustainable building materials and can readily be incorporated into projects requiring green star or other program certifications.

Why plasterboard is ideal for sustainable construction

Compared to other construction materials, plasterboard is an ideal product for sustainable construction.

It is composed of:

• Gypsum which is from either natural Australian sources as non-toxic and natural rock, or FGD gypsum that is derived from removing sulphur dioxide gas emissions from electric power plants.

• Paper which is 100% recycled from magazines, office paper and newsprint.

• Water which is used to create the gypsum slurry. Process water and production waste are recycled within the factory so that no water is discharged.

• Additives which are used to enhance the properties of plasterboard such as fire resistance, moisture resistance and acoustic properties.

As a lightweight building material, plasterboard reduces transport costs and emissions as well as the total weight of buildings. The only packaging used for storing and transporting plasterboard are gluts which are fabricated from waste plasterboard. A 100% recyclable material, plasterboard can be recycled into new plasterboard, or soil conditioner which is used for farming and rehabilitation of mine sites. The energy used in the manufacture of plasterboard is amongst the lowest of any building product . Knauf participated in a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for plasterboard in Australia and New Zealand as part of our involvement in the Gypsum Board Manufacturers Association (GBMA). The assessment, also known as a “cradle to grave” assessment, establishes a benchmark for reducing the environmental impacts of plasterboard and offers a comparison with other building materials.

The life cycle of plasterboard in Australia

Smart living solutions

Knauf’s technologically advanced products and systems provide the ultimate comfort for occupants, reducing noise and improving privacy, cleaning indoor air quality and offering flexibility in design and aesthetics.

Knauf offers a range of products certified by Global GreenTag to GreenRate Level A, including technical and specialty products such as Designpanel, QuadShield and ImpactShield, as well as standard products like FireShield and SoundShield. Knauf’s independently certified plasterboard products can achieve 100% Green Star points for sustainable building projects, and do not require further documentation to be submitted for the materials category of Green Star ratings tools. Our wide range of certified products means that efficient selections can be made for any project, from affordable housing through to high end public spaces.