Underwriters Laboratories subsidiary UL Environment Inc. (ULE) has validated environmental claims for a new drywall product, EcoRock, fabricated by Sunnyvale,
Underwriters Laboratories subsidiary UL Environment Inc. (ULE) has validated environmental claims for a new drywall product, EcoRock, fabricated by Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Serious Materials. An audit, coupled with environmental chamber, energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence and microbial tests, revealed that EcoRock comprises 80 percent recycled content, has low volatile organic compound emissions, and is mercury free and highly mold resistant. Serious Materials also cites a reengineered process in formulating and fabricating EcoRock, whose production Û absent heaters, dryers, calcining and fossil fuel combustion Û requires 80 percent less energy than standard gypsum drywall.
Launched in January 2009, ULE offers a) Environmental Claims Validation, a service testing and verifying manufacturer declarations; and, b) Sustainable Products Certification, a service testing and certifying products to recognized industry standards for environmental sustainability.