The Real Deal Miami

Drywall disasters continue

June 01, 2009 09:56AM

The regional plague of woes apparently caused by Chinese-made drywall panels rages unabated. As litigation increases and federal authorities get involved, findings from the Florida Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that drywall made by Chinese manufacturers distinctly differs from the North American-made product and emits high levels of three volatile sulfur compounds, which can corrode copper and ruin wiring and appliances. Builders such as Lennar, GL Homes and others have shouldered the costs of repairs, even as manufacturer Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin argues that the sulfur-containing compounds in its products should not be considered a public health problem.