Drywall: Swiss start-up reinvents the plaster partition wall

Von NSZ Redaktion


Dienstag, 09. Juni 2020 07:06

The system shortens construction time for non-load-bearing partition walls by up to 40%.


The prefabricated double-layered plasterboard with excellent sound insulation is designed to considerably simplify partition wall construction for professionals and DIY enthusiasts in the future.

The company, which is based in Lucerne, Switzerland, has plans to shake up the international drywall construction market with an ultra-light plasterboard that offers plenty of space for installations, while offering more ergonomic and eco-friendly solutions than other systems. The new board with plasterboard connecting pipes is ideal for constructing non-load-bearing internal partition walls.

Urbanisation has resulted in dense development
The construction industry is changing as society demands sustainable, social, economic and eco-friendly solutions. Building owners are not only voluntarily backing the idea of densification and vertical building expansion, but legislation is also undergoing changes promoting densified building.

Requirements for more building services are constantly increasing
Conversion and expansion are becoming increasingly important, because they help to reduce the amount of land used for construction. The demand for more building systems as well as space for installations within partition wall elements is increasing. This is precisely where GIPSAir GmbH wants to offer enormous advantages over conventional systems, as detailed in its company brochure: "The system is easy to work with. It also offers plenty of space within the plaster wall elements for installations, such as electrical or sanitary pipes, or for a sound system. The GIPSAir panel can also offer a number of advantages in terms of building physics, for example, in sound insulation".

Skilled labour shortage is an opportunity
"The shortage of skilled workers is also a major growing concern. Furthermore, the latest systems are difficult to install without proper training – or, according to the manufacturer, are increasingly associated with subsequent structural damage. After a short video tutorial, the GIPSAir system can even be installed by non-professionals without much effort, which implies huge potential in the DIY sector." The system shortens construction time for non-load-bearing partition walls by up to 40%.

The new board with plasterboard connecting pipes is ideal for constructing non-load-bearing internal partition walls.

GIPSAir in comparison with the solid plasterboard panels
Plaster wallboards (formerly also called plaster planks) are building elements made of solid plaster for the construction of non-load-bearing internal partition walls, shaft walls, facing formwork or column cladding in interior areas. They are also known in Switzerland as Alba plates. The walls, like the GIPSAir system, are installed without a substructure using only plasterboard adhesive. The major disadvantage of the solid plasterboard panel: It weighs around 3 times as much per square metre, which makes it nearly impossible for one craftsman to work on it alone. The weight also often plays a key role in planning vertical building expansions, for example.

The USA is the birthplace of modern drywall construction
It was here that the inventor and entrepreneur Augustine Sackett applied for a patent for a new type of panel material in 1894. In Europe, plasterboard gradually became more widespread only after WWII. In the meantime, it has become the most common panel material worldwide for space-limiting, non-load-bearing wall and ceiling components. The material has largely replaced other panelling materials – especially wood-based materials. Plasterboard panels are made of stucco plaster, which is produced by burning gypsum containing calcium sulphate dihydrate, and several layers of paper, which are pressed into cardboard without any adhesive. In addition to natural plasterstone, FGD gypsum has also been used as a raw material for some time now.