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New Energy Codes Heighten Need for DensDeckĀ® Roof Boards From Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

2012 IECC Implementation Increases Importance of Durable Roof Cover Boards Over Insulation

Atlanta, GA. February 13, 2012 -- 

Higher levels of energy efficiency will be required when states adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) starting this year.

The new energy code, which calls for buildings designed to achieve a 30 percent increase in energy efficiencies over the 2006 IECC, requires a well-insulated roof in new or renovated commercial buildings. The IECC, coupled with other codes, standards or programs such as the IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, LEED®, and Green Globes, reinforces the significance of installing a durable roof cover board such as DensDeck® Roof Board to protect the added insulation needed to meet the energy code.

“The dollar value of roofs is increasing, driven by the accelerating requirements for improved energy efficiency,” said Barry Reid, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainability Manager, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. “Protecting insulation with high-performing roof boards is important, since damaged insulation can lead to problems that are expensive to repair.” He added, “It pays to protect what you create with a reliable and durable cover board like DensDeck.”

Throughout the 2012 International Roofing Expo®, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum will showcase its line of DensDeck® Roof Boards, which are versatile, durable cover boards and thermal barriers for most commercial roofing application. DensDeck panels are an ideal protection component in roofs that consist of photovoltaic, vegetative or cool roofing materials; or for any roofing system that sees a lot of foot traffic.

Information on new and existing roofing codes and standards and their prescriptive R-value ratings will be available at the Georgia-Pacific Gypsum exhibit in Booth 1253 at the show, taking place in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22 to 24.

“While the prescriptive R-value requirements vary by climate zone, a code or program now requires some level of continuous insulation above the roof deck,” added Reid. “More insulation means that using a cover board such as DensDeck makes perfect sense.”

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ASHRAE-American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

Green Globes-Program operated by the Green Building Initiative in the U.S. and Canada

IECC-International Energy Conservation Code

IgCC-International Green Construction Code

LEED®-Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a U.S. Green Building Council program

About DensDeck Roof Boards

Versatile DensDeck® Roof Boards are utilized in a wide variety of roofing systems for new and re-roofing applications as cover boards, overlayments and underlayments. Featuring a combination of fire resistance, strength and dimensional stability, DensDeck enhances the performance of all roofing assemblies and are widely respected by leading roofing system manufacturers and consultants. DensDeck roof board, with its fiberglass mats, has been shown to withstand delamination, deterioration, warping and job site damage far more effectively than paper-faced gypsum board or other conventional roofing products, such as wood fiberboard and perlite.

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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®, Soft 'n Gentle®, Mardi Gras®, So-Dri® 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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