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


Atlanta, GA – February 16, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently published the revised Flood Damage Resistant Materials Requirementsmanual, 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™ Brand gypsum panels, such as DensArmor Plus® High-Performance Interior Panels, DensArmor Plus® Impact-Resistant Interior Panel, DensArmor Plus® Abuse-Resistant Interior Panel, DensGlass™ Exterior Sheathing, and DensShield® 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.


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 approximately 50,000 people at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific 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™ joists offered by Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC and DensArmor Plus® interior panels, DensGlass™ Exterior Sheathing and ToughRock® gypsum board offered by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC. The familiar consumer tissue 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 www.gp.com/build or call 800-BUILD GP.


The Georgia-Pacific logo and all trademarks are owned by or licensed to Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC. The GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified mark is a registered certification mark used under license through the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.

Nicole Lipson


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