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First Things First…
The Importance Of The Building Envelope

At construction sites around the country, a familiar sight - a facade sheathed in bright gold - is repeated over and over again. That gold is the signature look of a product which has been a staple of commercial construction projects since 1984 – DensGlass® Sheathing by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. A moisture-resistant gypsum panel that is used for exterior walls, ceilings and soffits, DensGlass features fiberglass mats and a moisture-resistant core to deliver the benefit of moisture and mold resistance during and after the construction process.

At Commerce Park at Northbrook, an office condominium project in Suwanee, Georgia, developed by architect and developer Kenneth Klebanoff AIA, LEED AP of Trylon Architects, DensGlass was selected as a critically-important building material. Klebanoff, a specialist in commercial, office and retail construction, as well as a project management consultant, said the choice was easy as he has used the product in a number of projects. “I have had good experience with DensGlass and in its ability to withstand weather in the construction process,” noted Klebanoff. “We also appreciate the fact that it does not support mold growth should there be water intrusion.”

Water intrusion and mold growth are common concerns on commercial construction job sites. In addition to the unavoidable rain, which can negatively effect construction schedules, it seems no area in the country has been spared the burden of extreme weather. High winds, torrential rain and the amped-up wrath of Mother Nature have made moisture-related problems and potential delays more of an issue than ever.

“We are seeing weather become a big deterrent in the construction process, and the success of a structure after it’s built,” noted Warren Barber, Dens® and ToughRock® Brand Product Manager, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. “Today’s construction and design professionals need to be more cognizant than ever of the concepts of durability and moisture protection when it comes to the products they choose, starting with the building envelope.”

Klebanoff agreed. “As architects we are, of course, very concerned with the appearance of the building enclosure. But first and foremost, the building must perform, and that starts with selecting the correct materials.”

Given the building envelope’s importance in creating a durable, sustainable and successful structure, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum developed DensGlass Sheathing, the first of its iconic Dens® Brand gypsum product offerings of fiberglass mat-based moisture- and mold-resistant products. Georgia-Pacific Gypsum offers a 12-month weather exposure limited warranty against delamination and deterioration resulting from exposure to normal weather conditions, an industry first (complete warranty details are available at www.gpgypsum.com or by calling 1-800-225-6119). In 2008, enhancements were added including the product’s ability to withstand winds in excess of 155 mph (Category 5 hurricane) when installed horizontally with the appropriate screw type and spacing over a properly engineered wall system and in accordance with the appropriate specifications. And, like all Dens Brand gypsum products, DensGlass resists mold growth, and has scored a 10, the highest level of performance for mold resistance under the ASTM D 3273 test method.

“The success of those projects that utilize our products is our goal, as well as addressing those needs of modern commercial construction,” concluded Barber. “We are proud to see our bright gold color on projects all over the world, as it means we have built strong relationships and have gained the trust of the design and construction community.”

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