Extract from the GBMA Sustainability Document
Sustaining our way of life in terms of our social, economic, and environmental framework is of growing concern in all aspects of society. The building and construction industry is a significant user of resources, as well as a source of emissions from their processing and use. Gypsum board, or plaster board, is an important component, used almost universally in all residential and commercial construction in New Zealand.
The Gypsum Board Manufacturers of Australasia (GBMA) are committed to sustainability principles, and to its sustainable manufacture and use. Gypsum board is a low impact, sustainable product manufactured from a natural mineral product with large reserves.
This document provides information on gypsum board Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), allowing its sustainability credentials and impact to be assessed and compared with alternatives. Through this document, the GBMA is committed to the open provision of information to allow a rational assessment of its product, and encourages other industries to do the same.