Syntheitc Gypsum is called “Green” by some, Toxic by others

Toxic Home SyndromeSynthetic gypsum has been praised for having the same or better physical properties than natural gypsum and can be  easier to install.

Natural gypsum is mined; synthetic gypsum (also known as “recaptured” gypsum) is a by-product recaptured during the pollution-reduction incentives (stack scrubbing) of coal-fired electricity generation plants.

Gypsum by-products would be sent to the landfill if wallboard manufacturers did not purchase them. Manufacturers are branding these wallboards as “Green” due to combining the synthetic gypsum with recycled paper facings, and the ability to locate manufacturing facilities near major markets away from mines.

A recent class action lawsuit  filed against Georgia-Pacific Gypsum and 84 Lumber Company on behalf of Florida homeowners Mike and Jill Swindler will soon bring American wallboard into the spotlight with Chinese drywall.

The lawsuit asserts that the “ToughRock” was made with synthetic gypsum rather than natural gypsum which is what drywall has been made from for decades.

“When synthetic gypsum is used to manufacture drywall, the end product contains excessive amounts of sulfur-based pollutants,” the suit maintains. “When the exterior of Florida homes containing synthetic gypsum drywall become heated due to normal Florida temperatures, the air temperature inside the wall cavity between the outer shell of the home and the inner drywall becomes significantly elevated. These elevated temperatures combined with Florida’s humidity cause sulfur dioxide gas to be released … [causing] significant oxidation of various metals that lie in close proximity to the drywall.”

GP and 84 “had a duty to exercise reasonable care in inspecting, marketing, and/or selling drywall placed into the stream of commerce, including a duty to assure that the product would perform as intended and would not cause and/or did not cause damage as described herein,” the suit asserts. “Defendants breached their duty by failing to exercise ordinary care.”

The suit alleges GP and 84 broke Florida’s statute regarding the drywall’s “implied warranty of merchantability,” as well as a statute dealing with “breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.”

The Swindlers, since completeing their home in 2006, have replaced six coils in two air handlers due to copper corrosion and have had problems with their microwave, dishwasher, television and fire alarm.

Georgia Pacific released this statement: “We are disappointed that they elected to pursue a lawsuit without first informing us of their concerns, ..We stand behind the quality of our products and take customer complaints seriously.”

Is this the same problem caused by Chinese drywall?
The process of “scrubbing” the smokestack emissions creates calcium sulfate, or gypsum, which can then be used to make drywall. In the U.S., according to the U.S. Gypsum Association, American manufacturers gather the gypsum from the smokestack process after the scrubbing, which produces a cleaner product, and is believed to be safe. But in China, the suspicion is fly ash may have been obtained earlier in the process, thus creating a product with additional chemical components.
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0 Replies to “Syntheitc Gypsum is called “Green” by some, Toxic by others”

  1. That the bad Chinese drywall currently grabbing headlines has elevated levels of strontium and sulfur points directly to fly ash being used in the manufacture of that stuff. Is Eco-Rock, made by Serious Materials, also made from this “recaptured” gypsum? Someone sent me a link to them the other day and their website is so vague I can’t tell what their product is made from. Have you ever heard of this stuff?

  2. I am the CEO of company, AirTech, Rockledge, FL, a national Indoor Environmental Solutions ‘Think-tank’ that utilizes state-of-the-art proven and tested green technologies to solve difficult indoor air and surface quality issues. There is No “Silver Bullet” to solve the “China wallboard issue.” The solution will require a Multi-facetted. If you have, the problem let your local Health Dept know. Many attorneys are telling clients not to report “wallboard” issues claiming they will get them more money. Not Likely, There is nobody to sue except “China” and Tim Geithner is currently “begging for money” to continue to run our country. No US firm is at fault here… if this madness continues our tax money will be used to own major Homebuilder corporations as we now own car companies and banks. A solution to this problem is on the horizon. We are aligned with the best minds in the business to develop the “PROTOCOL” / solution to the “Sulfur Tainted Chinese Wallboard / Sheetrock Issue” for less than a tenth of the cost of traditional remediation & with a completion time that could easily be done in a few days. If the homebuilders are forced into “Total remediation”, they could easily go bust. We are working with state and federal agencies so that when the “Protocol” work is executed it will be given approval or a certification that the home is safe thus saving the value of the building. Patience is what is necessary at this time.

  3. My son and daughter in law bought a new home in 2006. Dishwasher, TV, and AC have all gone out, as well as plumbing problems in the bath. The neighbors, by the same builder, are all have problems as well.
    That is disturbing, by more so are the health issues my daughter in law has experienced since she has been there. I have 3 grandchildren, one newborn in that home.
    Located in SE Georgia, the drywall was locally purchased and is a Georgia Pacific product. Anyone with info, please help.

    1. Patricia. Has your son had any response from GP regarding their toxic drywall? We are also the unfortunate owners of a home built with toxic GP drywall.

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