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1 Innovation #9/12 of all Formaldehyde for up to

2 Gyproc Activ Air Benefits of Activ Air Improves the indoor air quality, providing healthier interior environments Permanently reduces Formaldehyde and other pollutants even after multiple renovations - providing peace of mind for generations Provides up to 75 years of Formaldehyde absorption, based on tests and analysis Can be used with most water-based acrylic and breathable wallpaper It is a passive system more effective in reducing Formaldehyde and other pollutants than additional ventilation. Activ Air is a revolutionary plasterboard from Saint-Gobain Gyproc that uses an innovative technology to actively improve indoor air quality by taking Formaldehyde out of the air and keeping it out. Why it s important to improve indoor air quality There is a rapidly growing awareness of the importance of indoor air quality and its impact on health and productivity. Research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Factors affecting indoor air quality The indoor environment is affected by many factors, including local climate, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, building materials, occupants, and potential containment sources such as furnishings, moisture, and outdoor pollutants.

3 How Activ Air cleans the air Effectiveness of Activ Air on Formaldehyde 1. Captures Formaldehyde 2. Converts Formaldehyde into inert compounds 3. Inert compounds remain within gypsum board What does Formaldehyde do to air quality? Formaldehyde while typically not acutely toxic, has compounding long-term health effects. Exposure to poor indoor air can result in rapid fatigue, lack of concentration, eye irritation, allergies, difficulty breathing, headaches, nausea and sick building syndrome.

4 Where are the pollutants coming from? Formaldehyde Unsealed plywood or particleboard Treated fabrics Glues Carpets and furniture Carbonless copy paper Computers, copiers and printers Cleaning materials Paints, solvents, adhesives Carbon Monoxide Automobile exhaust from nearby garages, loading docks, roadways Carbon Dioxide Combustion of fossil fuels from heating equipment or generators Particulates Smoke, paper, water residue, carpet fibres, dust and other allergens Temperature and humidity extremes Improper thermostat, set points, unbalanced HVAC system, local climate, poor building design, poor humidity control Inadequate air circulation and ventilation Improper system design or operation, HVAC duct work or vent blockage, lack of maintaining air filters, poor office layout.

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6 Independent tests prove its effectiveness The effectiveness of Gyproc Activ Air has been proven by two independent testing institutes. The ECO Institute in Cologne tested the air-purifying Independent effect of Gyproc tests Activ Air prove its on effectiveness! the basis of twelve different pollutants and the The reduction effectiveness of in Rigidur the H levels Activ Air has thereof on within basis of twelve a period different pollutants of 72 hours. in pollutant The concentrations decay curve in indoor for air in been proven by two independent testing in- and the reduction in the levels thereof contact with Rigidur H Activ Air. stitutes. aldehyde The ECO Institute illustrates in Cologne the tested reduction within a period in of pollutant 72 hours. The decay concentrations curve in indoor air in the air-purifying effect of Rigidur H for aldehyde illustrates the reduction contact with Gyproc Activ Air. Reduction in aldehyde concentration in indoor air in contact with % Gyproc Activ Air. (Initial concentration: 1 mg/m³ indoor air) hours (www.eco-institut.de) Pollutant Percentage reduction in indoor air* Methanal (aldehyde) 100% Acetaldehyde 99.5% % 2-propenal 100% Propanal 99.3% % 2-Butenal 100% 2-Methyl-2-propenal 88.2% % 2-Butanone 82.2% % Butanal 100% 2-Pentenal 100% Pentanal 100% 2-Hexenal 100% Hexanal 100% *ECO Institute test results after hours. Visit the Gyproc website to view the demonstration, Healthcare

7 Applications Activ Air technology takes the Formaldehyde and other pollutants, and converts them into safe, inert compounds that, once captured in the board, cannot be released back into the air. It keeps working for up to 75 years, based on tests and analysis, even after multiple renovations. Gyproc Activ Air is suitable for most system applications where normal fire, structural and acoustic levels are specified. Education Residential Healthcare Office Education

8 Activ Air Board Colour - Ivory Face paper - Brown reverse side paper Front Back Activ Air Board Range Detail Board Board thickness Width mm Length mm Edge Type Board Weight kg/m 2 1 Gyproc Activ Air 12.5mm 1200mm 3000mm T/E 8.4kg/m Gyproc FireStop with Activ Air Gyptone BIG Quattro 41 with Activ Air Gyptone BIG Line 6 with Activ Air 12.5mm 1200mm 3000mm T/E 10kg/m mm 1200mm 2400mm T/E 7.8kg/m mm 1200mm 2400mm T/E 7.8kg/m 2

9 Finishing Jointing Gyproc RhinoGlide and Gyproc RhinoTape produce durable joint reinforcements and a smooth, continuous, crack-resistant surface ready for priming and final decoration. A number of jointing specifications are available to suit the board type, method of application, and site preference. Decoration After the joint treatment has dried, decoration including any decorator s preparatory work should follow. Please note however that any decoration should be breathable to allow Formaldehyde and other pollutants to be absorbed by the board. Please refer to the following notes. Painting: breathable paints- please consult your paint manufacturer Wallpaper: Use only breathable wallpapers Limitations Finishes that restrict the board surface permeability may inhibit the Formaldehyde absorption properties. Tiling, marble and other wall coverings can be applied, however this will limit the absorption of Formaldehyde and other pollutants for the area covered.

10 Board Performance Fire Protection Plasterboard linings provide good fire protection owing to the unique behaviour of the non-combustible gypsum core when subjected to high temperatures. The inclusion of glass fibre and other additives in the core of Gyproc FireStop with Activ Air improves its fire protection properties when compared to standard plasterboard. Fire Resistance Gyproc Activ Air will not compromise the fire performance of GypWall systems. For additional information please consult the Gyproc Technical and specifications department. Residential

11 Environmental facts Reduced CO 2, energy and water consumption by using Activ Air A large part of the energy consumption in the production of acoustic ceilings is used on heating. For this reason, and through many years of product and process development we have reduced the heat consumption and increased heat recovery by using new effective heat exchanging systems. In addition, the recirculation of water has been made a priority to reduce water consumption. Our process technology and material properties ensure very low energy consumption, CO 2 emission, consumption of raw materials and heat consumption during our production - the lowest on the market. Use recyclable materials Collected recycled gypsum is used in the production of new gypsum products. Offices

12 Customer contact centre: Magno Matt paper is manufactured at environmentally-friendly mills which are FSCTM certified. Magno is a wood-free, acid-free and chlorine-free paper. September For internal use only.

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