British Gypsum extends Activ'Air technology into ThistlePro PureFinish plaster
Leading plaster and drylining manufacturer, British Gypsum, has extended its Activ'Air technology range with the launch of ThistlePro PureFinish, a high-quality skim finish, which is designed to improve indoor air quality.
ThistlePro PureFinish is the first British Gypsum plaster to incorporate the innovative Activ'Air technology, which absorbs volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and converts them into inert, non-harmful compounds, to prevent their re-emission into the atmosphere.
VOCs, such as formaldehyde, are released into the air from a variety of sources, including cleaning products and new furnishings. In high concentrations they can cause headaches, lethargy, increased risk of allergic reactions and other health problems. Activ'Air technology has been shown to reduce VOC levels by 70 per cent , and with a lifetime of up to 50 years, it provides long-lasting improvements to air quality for building occupants.
In addition to enhancing air quality in indoor spaces, ThistlePro PureFinish offers the installation benefits of British Gypsum’s MultiFinish plaster, providing excellent results on a range of suction backgrounds. This makes it ideal for large new build and refurbishment projects of all sizes, where both undercoats and board backgrounds must be covered by the same skim finish layer.
Paul Campbell, commercial sector manager at British Gypsum, said: “We have had a lot of interest in Activ'Air technology since it was first introduced, and to meet demand we have started to incorporate it across a wider product range. With ThistlePro PureFinish, you are now able to select a flexible and easy-to-use product that offers the versatility of high-quality plaster for contractors, whilst also tackling the issue of indoor air quality for building occupiers.”
In recognition of how widespread VOCs are in interior spaces, and their effect on well-being, British Gypsum developed Activ'Air technology in 2012. Research by the manufacturer also found that air quality is one of the top three considerations for building clients when selecting products. As well as being incorporated in ThistlePro PureFinish plaster, the technology has been introduced across a number of British Gypsum’s plasterboard and ceiling tile ranges.