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Interior Linings

 

When considering green lining materials, you must factor in:

  • Manufactured from a sustainable resource
  • Available locally
  • Low toxin emissions
  • Breathable, where appropriate

 

Wall Linings

Wall linings are generally either:

  • Composite sheet lining
  • MDF
  • Particleboard
  • Plywood

Check these materials are from an independently certified [FSC and PEFC] sustainable timber resource.

The manufacture of MDF, particle board and chipboard is considered a resource efficient process. Most of the timber used is sourced from waste timber from other timber processing systems.

Studies have proven that many wood products emit toxic Formaldehyde. Check the rating of your wood board products for low or ultra low formaldehyde products.

Plasterboard is manufactured from natural gypsum. Plasterboard linings can produce high levels of waste. This wastage can be minimised by sizing rooms to match typical plasterboard sizes. The crushed waste can be reused as a soil additive.

 

Ceiling Linings

Ceiling tiles and ceiling systems are generally modular, and like plasterboard, can result in high wastage.

Indoor air quality and the sick building syndrome are a significant concern for inhabitants. Poorly designed ceilings are suspected to be a major cause of particulates in the air supplies. Ceiling tiles should be selected from those which have been rigorously tested or certified by an independent third party to have minimal or no effect on internal air quality.

A number of ceiling tiles are manufactured with recycled materials, some tiles with a recycled content as high as 70%.

Use light colored ceilings to increase light reflection, thus lowering energy demand.

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