The Gypsum Association (GA) is pleased to announce the complete redesign of its website, Efficiently and effectively providing technical expertise on gypsum panel products—a category of building products that includes drywall, exterior gypsum sheathing, mold and moisture resistant panels, shaftliner panels and other special performance gypsum panel products—is the objective of the redesign. Responding to technical questions about gypsum panels and systems is among the Association’s core competencies. The redesign includes more robust search functionality and new content. The new is better optimized for mobile devices. Plus, downloading and page loading times are decreased markedly compared to the former site.

In the past, GA technical documents were often listed in order of publication number, making it a challenge to identify documents by subject. A new Publications-At-A-Glance page organizes technical information by topic, including "Installation & Finishing," "Prevention & Repair," "Weather Related Considerations," and "General Information."

 A Guide to GA-600-2018 Fire Resistance and Sound Control Design Manual, is a video tutorial on using the GA’s flagship publication to quickly identify a code compliant gypsum system that meets a project’s specific fire resistance and sound control needs. Similarly, a new video FAQ series has been launched to address more complicated technical questions in plain language and with helpful visual aids. Additional FAQ videos will launch over the coming months.

“As the technical center for gypsum panel products, is a resource for a broad spectrum of A/E/C constituencies, including code officials, who ensure the safety of our built environment,” notes Executive Director Stephen H. Meima, MBA, APR, LEED Green Assoc. “While I can’t imagine a time when the GA will cease to maintain a dedicated technical services phone line, these enhancements to the Association’s online presence will provide the design and construction community with even more and even better access to the GA’s technical expertise.”