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Better Materials for Better Housing

Standing Firm on Our Commitment to Healthy, Sustainable, High-Quality Materials

Plant Prefab | Published: Apr 29, 2022

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Report Highlight: Our Materials

The contents of this post are shared from the "Projects" section of our 2021 Corporate Sustainability Report. We produce this report annually to document key performance metrics and provide an inside look at how we upheld our values in social and environmental responsibility. Click here to read the full report.


Finishes and fixtures are often the most scrutinized specifications for owners and their architects, but it’s the materials a builder specifies that drive key project outcomes like building energy performance, indoor air quality, occupant comfort, and carbon emissions..

That’s why Plant Prefab has high standards for the products we build with, and why we stood firm on our commitment to healthy, sustainable, high-quality materials throughout 2021 despite extreme supply chain challenges.

Here are a few of the products we are proud to utilize:

Insulation: Rockwool Comfortbatt®
Unlike common fiberglass insulation, this stone wool product does not absorb water or hold moisture, saving occupants from mold and mildew. Also unlike fiberglass, it is non-combustible and fire resistant, preventing the release of toxic gases when exposed to high heat. Comfortbatt expands upon insertion and doesn’t sag, ensuring that it continues to provide the specified insulative value.

Drywall: USG Sheetrock® EcoSmart Panels Firecode® X
This Type X drywall has the same strength and performance characteristics of standard drywall with up to 22% less weight, reducing transportation fuel energy by up to 20%. The 100% USDA-certified bio-based panels have a noncombustible gypsum core and contain up to 94.6% recycled content.

Paint: Sherwin Williams ProMar® 200 Zero VOC Interior Latex Paint
Unlike typical paint, this product meets the most stringent health and sustainability requirements, including LEED v4, MPI, and GREENGUARD Environmental Institute standards. Zero VOCs mean no harmful off-gassing, and anti-microbial agents inhibit the growth of mold and mildew.

Sheathing & Moisture Vapor: Huber ZIP SystemTM
Compared to standard OSB board and house wrap, this 2-in-1 product incorporates a built-in water-resistive barrier and specially-taped seams to prevent water intrusion, plus continuous foam insulation for enhanced thermal performance. This allows us to use less materials in each project, while providing a better seal at component seams and a more durable building envelope that increases energy efficiency and interior comfort.

To learn more about our projects and our mission to build a better world by design, view our 2021 Corporate Sustainability Report.

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