Magnesia drywalls: better than bricks
Their screw holding capacity is such that objects like LCD TVs and high-wall AC units can be mechanically fastened to the boards without the need of additional framework. They have the highest fire ratings of any building board and can be clad with tiles, stone, marble.
These drywalls are easy to install and saves 3-6 months of project time. No masonry skill sets are required, as installation is a mechanised process. There is a saving of up to 20 per cent in steel reinforcement costs. No water or sand is consumed at site. Magnesia drywalls afford the slimmest footprint hence freeing up carpet area.
All in all, magnesia drywalls are ideal as internal partitions for Indian buildings given our climate, project practices and post-occupancy maintenance. Other drywalls have largely been a Western idea where dry conditions exist both in terms of the weather and maintenance.
With the real estate sector coming to terms with restrictive water use during construction, drywalls seem the perfect alternative to ensure sustainability.
— Sandeep Mittal is MD, Anutone Building Systems
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