Friday, February 13, 2009

Updated FEMA Bulletin Accepts the Use of Non-Paper Faced Gypsum Board in Special Flood Hazard Areas

/PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently published the revised Flood Damage Resistant Materials Requirements manual, which outlines acceptable materials for commercial and residential buildings constructed in special flood hazard areas in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program. Among other wall and ceiling materials, the guide accepts the use of non-paper faced gypsum board for wall and ceiling applications.

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum's array includes interior and exterior gypsum panels which comply under the new guidelines.

"With the many flood hazard areas in the U.S., it is important these areas enlist the best building practices and water resistant products available," said Barry Reid, product development manager, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. "The inclusion of non-paper faced gypsum boards in the guide speaks to the commitment to finding the types of products that can best resist the effects of a flood."

Within the portfolio of Gypsum products that comply with the new FEMA requirements, customers can select from non-paper-faced Dens(TM) Brand gypsum panels, such as DensArmor Plus(R) High-Performance Interior Panels, DensArmor Plus(R) Impact-Resistant Interior Panel, DensArmor Plus(R) Abuse-Resistant Interior Panel, DensGlass(TM) Exterior Sheathing, and DensShield(R) Tile Backer incorporate fiberglass mats instead of paper facings.

In order to qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) - a system created by Congress to provide flood insurance to property owners in return for local government's commitment to sound floodplain management - all structures located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) must adhere to FEMA's "acceptable materials" guide.

For more information about the FEMA guidelines and Gypsum product information, please visit www.gp.com/fema.

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