Drywall and Wallboard

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Why is it Important?

When to Use Drywall and Wallboard

Green Garage Use of Drywall and Wallboard



Associated Costs


Suppliers and Recyclers

New wall material options

  • Homasote products [1] offer a variety of fiberboard and interior panel products made from 98% post consumer recycled materials.
  • Enviro Board [2] A low-cost, environmentally friendly building panel produced from agricultural wastes.
  • New Gypsum Drywall
    • Environmentally friendly production facilities for alternatives to standard drywall have recently emerged. The processes used by Clean board & Serious Materials EcoRock reduce the embodied energy & new materials required to make drywall with innovative new processes and by using recycled materials in their products. These materials are new to the market & produced on the west coast so they have limited availability in Detroit at this point.
  • Traditional Gypsum Drywall
    • If necessary to use new Gypsum Drywall it will be locally produced and supplied.
    • Sourcing the new supplied drywall from manufacturer's and suppliers with in 500 miles or less of the Green Garage will help reduce environmental impact. Gypsum is an abundant material and the paper backing is usually supplied from recycled sources. The disadvantage of conventional drywall is the large amount of energy used in traditional manufacturing methods, 25% - 45% of the cost of the material goes to energy cost in production. In standard construction sites 15% - 20% of the new product is wasted when this 'new' material could be recycled or simply used as a soil amendment on site.
  • Facts about Gypsum Drywall [3]
  • Reuse Ideas
    • Existing Drywall can be salvaged and reused in new wall applications in the building.
    • Use as thermal mass. Dry wall has a fairly high specific heat capacity, which makes it a good candidate for thermal mass. One consideration is putting the old drywall under the new drywall for additional thermal mass for the external walls.
    • Use the gypsum as material for stucco / plaster after removing the paper backing. After removing the paper from dry wall even more uses for the gypsum become available, such as adding the gypsum to stucco or plaster, using it as a soil amendment or chalk lines for sports fields.
  • Local Recycling

http://1greenamerica.com/ Offers recycling options for building materials including drywall.


  • Drywall recycling guide from Michigan.gov [4] contains information and various options for re-use & recycling.
  • Informative article from CIWMB on drywall recycling & re-use: drywall-rrr.doc.
  • Tips for recycling and reusing drywall [5]


Name Image Makeup Use Origin Destination Byproduct/waste Size Quantity Comment
Drywall, Gypsum
Gypsum wallboard.
Gypsum Wallboard.
Gypsum Plaster, Paper backing Wallboard, Thermal Mass, Stucco and Plaster, Soil, Onsite Onsite N/A Various Estimation: X lbs Additional Comments: Lorem Ipsum Dolor.
Wallboard as it was found in the original structure.
Particleboard used as wall covering.
Cell 2 Cell 3 Cell 4 Cell 5 Cell 6 Cell 7 Cell 8 Cell 9

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