BPB America has joined the U.S. Green Building Council as part of the company's efforts in developing and improving products to meet emerging "green" or sustainability standards.

The company recently announced a long-term agreement with Progress Energy for the development of a major synthetic gypsum wallboard manufacturing plant adjacent to a Progress Energy electric generating plant in Roxboro, N.C. The synthetic gypsum raw material will be recovered from the power plant's coal desulphurization equipment. The company currently operates two plants in North America that already manufacture wallboard from 100 percent recycled material, and 15 other plants, which use at least 15 percent recycled content.

BPB's Acoustical Ceiling Products contain as much as 88 percent recycled material content by weight, and the suspension grid is made from 25 percent recycled steel and 100 percent recycled aluminum.

In addition to recycled content, the company's acoustical ceiling tiles, depending on brand and style, can earn points in a USGBC LEED-certified project in several other areas. These include Optimized Energy Performance (EA Credit 1), Construction Waste Management (MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2), Regional Materials (MR Credits 5.1 and 5.2), Daylight and Views (EQ Credit 8.1) and Rapidly Renewable Materials (MR Credit 6).