What is the safest drywall for our contractor to install? I am concerned about offgassing.

Asked by Steve and Linda Allen
Newbury Park, CA

What manufacturers are best? We're remodeling a 2001 home built in southern California by Brookfield homes.


Karen Smuland

Answered by Karen Smuland

Bend, OR

Karen Smuland Architect

April 24, 2010

Most of the drywall that has recently been linked to problems was from China.

  • Use a drywall that is made in the U.S., preferably by a manufacturing plant close to you. You should research where the closest plant is. 
  • Also, select one that uses a high percentage of recycled content, such as U.S. Gypsum's Sheetrock

In finishing your wall, make sure that the joint compound, sealer, and paint are nontoxic and low or no-VOC.


For more information:

Read Mary Cordaro's Q&A "I am having my breakfast room remodeled. I know that premixed joint compound is toxic, but is dry mix mixed onsite OK?"

Also, read Nick Cope's Q&A "Is there a drywall alternative that's safe for our new baby's nursery?"

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