Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Dens Interior Products First in Industry to Pass 12-Week Mold Test
Georgia-Pacific's DensArmor Plus® High-Performance Interior Panel* and DensShield® Tile Backer each passed the industry's most stringent mold resistance test, a 12-week test, conducted in accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency's ASTM D 6329 ** protocol. The test -- three times longer and much more rigorous than ASTM D 3273, the current industry standard -- was conducted by an independent third party, RTI International, at its facilities in Research Triangle Park, N.C., between February and June 2009. No other gypsum products manufacturer has announced test results showing zero mold growth for 12 full weeks for any product, according to the company.
According to Susan Raterman, a prominent industrial hygiene consultant in the critical areas of indoor air quality, mold mitigation and asbestos management, the news that two Dens(TM) interior products have passed a rigorous 12-week test is quite noteworthy. "Both the length of the test and the fact that it used two of the most problematic species of mold found in buildings are indicative of the rigor of this mold resistance performance standard," said Raterman, founder and president of The Raterman Group Ltd. "These results raise the bar for the entire industry, and further illustrate Georgia-Pacific Gypsum's leadership in product quality and innovation."
The DensArmor Plus® panels were also the first to be GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD Children & Schools(TM) Certified as low-emitting gypsum panels, and were among the first gypsum panels to be listed by The Collaborative for High Performing Schools® (CHPS(TM)) as low-emitting materials, according to the company.