USG Ceiling products have a long history of providing some of the
highest properties for improving interior spaces from fire resistance
to acoustical improvements and that has been expanded to include
improved Indoor Environmental Quality. Indoor Environmental Quality
(IEQ) refers to all environmental factors that affect the health and
well being of building occupants. IEQ focuses largely on indoor air
quality, with comfort, humidity, air exchange, acoustics, and lighting
quality being contributing factors.
To help building professionals create healthy, pleasant spaces, USG offers:
Ceilings With Zero or Low Formaldehyde Emissions
USG offers the widest selection of standard ceilings that satisfy
stringent guidelines related to VOC and formaldehyde emissions, as
tested per California Department of Public Health Standard Method
v1.1, 2010, Specifications Section 01350.
Zero-emitting ceilings: USG cast ceilings Concentration
levels do not exceed 2 μg/m³ (1.6 ppb), which is the background
level specified for this test protocol.
Low-emitting ceilings: Most USG mineral-fiber ceilings
Concentration levels do not exceed the 9 ppb limit required by this
Sustainable design seeks to create structures that require fewer
natural resources to build and maintain. Key strategies include
choosing high-quality, durable materials and creating flexible,
Consumers have become increasingly aware of the need to conserve
energy, manage raw materials, reduce waste and safeguard against
pollutants. In response, many developers and owners now demand
buildings that will help save energy, preserve the integrity of
surrounding land and assure a clean, healthy indoor environment.
USG has long supported sustainable building by emphasizing
innovation, from the ingredients and resources we use to the
manufacturing processes we employ.
Recycled and Renewable Materials
Recycled and renewable raw materials reduce consumption of energy
and resources without diminishing the long-term performance of our
products. Many USG ceiling products contain:
Slag mineral wool. We convert 150,000 tons of slag, a waste
product of steel-making, to mineral wool every year, eliminating the
need to mine and process raw materials and reducing landfill
Recycled paper. Many of our ceiling panels contain paper
recovered from both pre-consumer (cuttings from corrugated box
manufacturing) and post-consumer (newspapers) use.
Gluten-free starch binders. These renewable agricultural
materials are an environmentally sound alternative to traditional
binders derived from petroleum-based chemicals.
Recycled metal.Several of our metal specialty ceilings and
ceiling and drywall suspension systems are made of steel and
aluminum that includes recycled content. Aluminum offers additional
benefits in that it can be fully re-purposed by re-melting and
salvaging the metal.
Complete the Cycle:
USG is helping to meet the needs of a growing world and preserve
natural resources by taking back approved ceiling panels from any
manufacturer and recycling them into new building products.
The right thing. Recycling reduces waste and relieves
pressure on overburdened landfills. Incorporating renovation waste
into new building products can also slow the rate at which raw
materials are extracted from the land.
Efficient. In the time required to haul small loads of old
panels to the waste container, workers can palletize panels as they
Cost-effective. Panels can be palletized about as quickly as
they are hauled and loaded into waste containers. And, recycling
reduces container and landfill fees.
Valued. Participation in the USG ceilings recycling program
can help a project qualify for LEED credits.
How it works:
This program is fast, easy and cost effective. Just follow these
Verify that the panels are recyclable. We can accept
mineral-fiber ceiling products for recycling. Material must be
clean, dry and approved by USG. No wood, metal or construction
debris of any kind is permitted. Panels must not have come into
contact with any hazardous material that requires special handling
Stack the panels. Instead of hauling and loading old panels
into a waste container, stack them neatly on shipping pallets. When
a pallet is full, simply wrap it with plastic and set aside for
pickup by a local USG distributor or designated carrier.
Contact USG for pickup. We’ll arrange and pay to haul away
the old panels. Just be sure to have a full truckload (30,000 square
feet), and call your local USG representative at least five days
before pickup is required. If you cannot fill a truck, additional
options are available. Our goal is to prevent recyclable materials
from being discarded into landfills.
The USG ceilings recycling program makes it easy to help protect the
environment and still stay on schedule and on budget.
Ceilings Recycling Brochure - SC2456
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