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Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Earns Product Innovation Award for Industry-Leading Roofing Sound Assemblies with DensDeckĀ® Roof Boards

Architectural Products magazine recognizes DensDeckĀ® Roof Board for high levels of sound attenuation

Atlanta, GA. November 16, 2011 -- 

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum - among the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of gypsum building materials - has been selected as a recipient of the inaugural Architectural Products Product Innovation Award (PIA) for its innovative roofing sound assembly system featuring DensDeck® Roof Boards.

The assemblies, which include DensDeck Roof Boards, provide high levels of sound attenuation, an especially important attribute as new code and building programs call for sound mitigation in wall and roof-ceiling assemblies, especially in high noise areas around airports, expressways, light rail and railroads and military bases. Also, DensDeck is the first gypsum roof boards tested to contribute to Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings of up to 61 and Outdoor Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) ratings of up to 49 in roofing assemblies for commercial framed construction*.

All honorees will be spotlighted in a featured special report in the November 2011 issue of Architectural Productsmagazine, in both print and digital format. Visit for details.

“Earning a Product Innovation Award further validates the unprecedented effectiveness of our DensDeck Roof Board assemblies in dramatically remediating sound in high-noise areas,” said Reinhard Schneider, technical manager, DensDeck, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. “We thank Architectural Products for this honor, and salute our product development team for continuing to improve and upgrade our industry-leading roofing products.”

The Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards (PIA) recognize products, materials and systems innovation that lead commercial and institutional design to new heights. With judging and evaluation of products and systems from a distinguished panel of 44 architects and specification specialists skilled in product evaluation, the PIA program awards manufacturers based on attributes, qualities, functionality and/or performance beyond industry standards.

About DensDeck Roof Board

Introduced to the market 25 years ago, with hundreds of millions of square feet on the market, DensDeck Roof Boards from Georgia-Pacific Gypsum are the number one architecturally specified fiberglass mat gypsum roofing boards. Recent testing showed that in specific assemblies, DensDeck can help obtain superior STC and OITC ratings and can help meet UL Class A fire ratings, the highest rating for fire resistance under ASTM E-108.

The updated DensDeck® assemblies can be specified for new construction, as well as for remediation projects on existing buildings. For the optimum sound protection, the roofing configurations used in new construction include added layers of ToughRock® gypsum boards or DensArmor Plus® interior panels for interior ceilings.

Other benefits of the DensDeck assemblies include: greater sustainability through long-term performance; improved durability and versatility; preventing repairs; and contributing to a longer life-cycle for the roofing system.

To download a Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Tech Talk or technical white paper on this subject, please visit and click Learn More under Sound Isolation.

*Testing of the new assemblies was completed at Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories in 2011.

About Georgia-Pacific

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 40,000 people at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible and economically sound. The company has long been among the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers, with brands such as Plytanium® plywood, DryPly® water repellent plywood, Ply-Bead® panels and Wood I Beam and XJ 85® joists offered by Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC. DensArmor Plus® interior panels, DensGlass® Sheathing and ToughRock® drywall are offered by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC. The familiar consumer brands of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras® and Vanity Fair®. Dixie Consumer Products LLC, a Georgia-Pacific company, manufactures the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. For more information, visit

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