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 test protocol.

Recycled Content:

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, multi-functional spaces.

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 waste.
  • 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.

Recycling is:

  • 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 are removed.
  • 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 simple steps:

  • 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 or disposal.
  • 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.

USG Ceilings Recycling Brochure - SC2456

Additional USG Ceilings Information