Single-Use Plasters: Process and Waste in Gypsum Wallboard Systems

Oct 02, 2020

Both the product manufacturing and installation methods of Sheetrock have remained essentially unchanged in its hundred-years of existence. As a result of the unchallenged product manufacturing and installation methods, contemporary construction issues related to labor, waste, and environmental health are not addressed throughout the gypsum wallboard material system. This paper outlines the environmental and carbon impacts of the entire material system of this lasting, ubiquitous material. The purpose of this work is to inform future innovation and development of the products and processes included in common interior finishing practices.

Keywords: Gypsum Wallboard, Interior Finishing, Material Systems, Supply Chain, Modularity

Alyssa Kuhns (Auburn University)
Presented at: 
2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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