New CertainTeed® Easi-Lite™ 30 Lightweight Gypsum Board Combines a Level of Fire Resistance with Easier Installation
(Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed Gypsum is broadening its Easi-Lite™ lightweight gypsum board product line with the addition of a fire-resistant option. Up to 30 percent lighter than standard 5/8-inch Type X board, the 5/8-inch Easi-Lite™ 30 features a specially formulated core with a 30-minute fire rating for walls in residential and commercial applications. Easi-Lite 30 can also be used in interior ceilings and is also easier to transport, lift, carry and install, reducing muscle strain and fatigue.
“In today’s industry, building professionals must consider every factor which can impact a project being completed on time and to exacting specifications,” said Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “Easi-Lite 30 provides a level of fire protection and saves time and labor costs, without sacrificing performance features our customers expect from our lightweight gypsum products.”
Easi-Lite 30 is comprised of up to 99 percent recycled material and is easy to score and snap, helping installers work more efficiently and effectively. Based on its lighter weight, up to 33 percent more product can be shipped on a flatbed, which can help reduce transport and fuel costs.
Easi-Lite 30 is UL Classified for Fire Resistance and included in UL/cUL Design W423 for use in 30-minute single layer wood and steel framed wall assemblies. It also complies with ASTM C1396 as a Non-Type X gypsum board and is ideal for use in commercial building code applications where a single layer one-hour fire rating is not required. Tapered edges and end tapes are clearly labeled so product can be properly identified for the appropriate application on the job site.
Easi-Lite 30 joins lightweight Easi-Lite ½-inch wall and ceiling board in a family of products that showcase a uniform high-strength, sag-resistant gypsum core with a recycled face and back paper, enabling building professionals to achieve the same high performance standards of a traditional gypsum board.
The entire Easi-Lite product line has achieved GREENGUARD GOLD Certification (formerly GREENGUARD Children and SchoolsSM Certified). The products have been designated as a low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting product meeting CA Section 01350.
To assist with product specification, the full CertainTeed® gypsum product family has been evaluated by the UL Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) process. Products are listed in applicable categories on UL Environment’s Sustainable Products Database, allowing users to identify sustainable products by product category, company name, product name or evaluation type.
Easi-Lite 30 is now starting to ship on a regional basis across North America.
Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. For more information, go to certainteed.com/gypsum.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum, and ceilings.
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