Sustainability

Sustainability refers to using resources wisely to satisfy present needs without disturbing our future requirements.

Buildings have a massive impact on the environment, with both their construction and use, contributing significantly to the environmental issues we face today. Hence, sustainable construction methods are becoming increasingly important. At Gyproc, we have developed a sustainable approach to our business which helps our partners in the construction industry (architects, contractors, installers; to name a few) deliver innovative solutions and services to their customers and clients.

Our commitment is to minimise the impact of our products and systems on the environment and we achieve this in a number of ways:

  • We are located all over the world with manufacturing facilities as close as possible to the main construction hotspots, ensuring that our response is prompt, and that our materials are local to minimize transportation.
  • Our products help provide comfort, safety and health to the occupiers and users of buildings.

Gyproc has initiated monitoring of the environmental impact of the products during production and their whole life cycle. This requires transparency and the vigorous use of widely accepted Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) techniques to produce meaningful data. Data, which our customer can compare to ensure an optimised approach, is taken in line with future requirements, as per Green Building Organisations like IGBC and GRIHA. At Gyproc, we ensure that the environmental impact of a new product is considered right at the beginning of the innovation process. By using this mind-set and methodology, we will increasingly deliver products, systems and service innovations to improve the environment and comfort of our installers and end-users.

Sustainability

Life Cycle Assessment

LCA is a rigorous tool to help assess the environmental impact of our products. Understanding the environmental performance of a construction product is a growing expectation for professionals in the building chain. Saint-Gobain strongly believes that Life Cycle Assessment is the most reliable tool available to assess the green credentials of construction products and enables companies to communicate credible, factual information about their products to consumers. It is also a powerful tool that enhances the environmental features of our products.

Stages of life cycle assessment

  • Manufacturing: The raw materials such as gypsum, paper liners and other additives are collected and transported to the manufacturing site, for manufacturing of the finished product
  • Logistics: Then the finished product (Plasterboard) is transported to the installation site
  • Installation & Building Lifetime: The product is being installed at the project site. The use of building starts with the maintenance, repair and replacement of the installed product
  • End of Life: The building is demolished and the components (Plasterboards) are either processed and recycled or landfilled

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration)

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is produced which communicates the environmental data generated from the LCA.

Gyproc's Environmental Product Declaration has been checked and verified by an independent third party. This process ensures the quality and reliability of the results. These EPDs can be easily identified thanks to our "EPD Verified" pictogram.

Why is LCA important?

Our EPDs mean that you can see the measured environmental impact at each stage of our products life from the extraction of raw materials through to the recycling phase at the end of a products life. This transparent document and accreditation contributes to most building industry environmental labels, including GRIHA and LEED, gaining you points simply by using the products.

Gyproc’s contribution to LEED rating

Though LEED does not certify specific products, use of Saint Gobain Gyproc solutions can contribute to your future LEED projects for 13 Credits and upto 43 points or more depending on Regional Priorities LEED projects can earn 110 points in total. The minimum number of points required for LEED certification is 40.

LEED Categories Possible Points Weighting Saint-Gobain Gyproc
Credit << integrative process > > 1 1% YES
Location & transportation 16 15% N/A
Sustainable sites 10 9% N/A
Water Efficiency 11 10% N/A
Energy & atmosphere 33 30% YES
Material & resources 13 12% YES
Indoor environmental quality 16 15% YES
Innovation 6 5% YES
Regional Priority 4 4% YES
Total 110 100%  
LEED projects can earn 110 points in total. The minimum number of points required for LEED certification is 40.

Multi Comfort Habitat

We care for people – A multi comfort habitat by Gyproc®

Visual comfort

Aesthetics

Gyproc drywall & ceiling systems provide aesthetically stunning finishes as the surface of gypsum board is pre-leveled. They are suitable for any kind of finish like monolithic finish, paint, wall paper, marble/stone or tile cladding.

Acoustic comfort

Insulation

A 100mm thick drywall system can achieve up to Rw 50dB sound insulation, while a Half-inch brick wall (plastered both sides) provides an average sound insulation of Rw 40dB.

Safety

Fire Resistance

Lightweight partition and ceiling systems using a range of different gypsum boards can be specified to provide excellent fire performance for up to 4 hours within all building types.

Strength

Impact Resistance

Gyproc solutions can be specified to offer the highest level of impact protection in high traffic areas such as hospitals and schools. They will provide resistance against damage to walls over the building lifetime.

Flexibility

Easy maintenance

Whether damage to the plasterboard system is minor or more extensive, the system can be easily repaired using gypsum products and it always delivers an excellent finish.

GRIHA product listing

Gyproc products comply with all the norms laid out by the Green Building organizations in India.

  • The entire range of products is approved by CII-IGBC for consideration towards the Green Building rating system
  • Gyproc Plasterboards , ceiling tiles & Ecophon are registered under the product catalogue of GRIHA (TERI)