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Magnum Building Products is proud to have had its Magnum Board® product line selected by Anthony Brenner’s Push Designs, Hempcrete and Pure Panel as a major material in the former Mayor of Ashville’s home (see the following video presented by CNN News).

Magnum Board® was used throughout this home as skins for the Pure Panel Structural Insulated Panel system which incorporates recycled paper as its core; in the Hempcrete design also as skins and throughout the home in place of other traditional building materials.

Magnum Board® has been tested to US ICC-AC386 acceptance criteria standards; tested to ASTM testing standards; and, is UL approved.  Magnum Board® is virtually impervious to fire – is non flammable and non combustible – is impervious to water and insects; does not feed mold or mildew and is completely non toxic.

“MAGNUM BOARD® - INSTALL IT FOR HEALTH - - INSTALL IT FOR LIFE”

 

Magnum Building Products, LLC is proud to announce the selection of its Magnum Board® product line as a core material for building of toxin free homes and buildings by Push Design.  Magnum Building Products is the manufacturer of Magnum Board®, a mineral product virtually impervious to fire, water and insects; does not feed mold or mildew; and is non toxic.  Magnum Board® is a non combustible and non flammable material that is indeed “The New Generation Building Material”

“MAGNUM BOARD® - INSTALL IT FOR HEALTH - - INSTALL IT FOR LIFE”

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“We are proud to announce we have reached agreement with four material partners; Gigacrete, Purepanel, Liteblok and Magnum Building Products. We are moving forward with our sales efforts for these products, and continue to seek partnerships with other partners who can supply us more options for natural, breathable and toxin-free building and design strategies. I expect we will be able to make at least two more strategic partnerships of this ilk in the next few months. We thank all our material partners for their commitment to our cause and your belief in our company. “


Walls & Ceilings Article: MgO Board

by Frederick Miller and Lindsay Ott
September 29, 2010


Facts and misconceptions surround the properties and nature of MgO board.
Over my 35-year career in the panel lamination industry, I’ve seen many innovative materials get stuck in what I call the “chicken-or-egg” loop. For a new material to become accepted in the marketplace, it must first be proven effective in widespread application. However, to get the product into widespread application, it must first be accepted in the marketplace. So, what needs to happen first? When no one takes that first step to change either mindset or materials, a promising product becomes irrelevant.

Call it circular logic or a Catch 22 but this vicious cycle of hesitation seems to be keeping magnesium oxide board (MgO board) from truly taking off in the United States. And that’s too bad because I believe MgO board presents one of the best opportunities for wall and ceiling applications: It’s non-toxic, naturally resistant to fire, water, and impact; and increases the R value in any panel application.

In this article, I’ll share the facts on MgO board while exploring some of the misconceptions and myths surrounding this material.

The History Of MgO

MgO panels reduce installation and labor costs significantly. Pictured here are Magnum Board MgO panels in a ceiling application. Photo courtesy of Magnum Board

While MgO board was developed for the construction industry just a few decades ago, magnesium oxide itself is far from new: It was the primary material used in constructing the Great Wall of China.

MgO board has been much more widely accepted in Europe and Asia construction where it has been a standard panel sheathing material for years. Recently, the world’s second tallest building, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, utilized magnesium oxide in both the interior and exterior wall sheathing and subfloor sheathing. Here in the U.S., MgO became UL-approved and cleared for construction in 2003. A handful of builders currently utilize MgO board in coastal regions due to its mold- and insect-repellent properties and strength that stands up to hurricane-type conditions. North America has also seen its fair share of MgO board construction.

Magnesium oxide is a naturally occurring mineral that is very abundant globally. It is silvery white in its raw form, and becomes a soft gray during processing. MgO is completely free of toxins, including formaldehyde, silica, asbestos, heavy metals, and organic solvents.

As for performance, MgO is a very resistant material. Insects and mold can’t grow on it. It’s also sturdy enough to withstand serious impacts and elemental threats (water and fire). I like to point out that the Great Wall is still standing, right? One manufacturer has also performed freeze-thaw along with fire-endurance testing to meet AC386 and UL-E119, ICC criteria.

How Mgo is Used

The primary use for MgO board has been as a sheathing material and also for skins used in foam core structural insulated panels. Currently, SIPs are gaining in popularity for commercial building applications, as well as residential. In SIPs applications, it can be painted, drilled or nailed into. MgO is most typically used with an expanded polystyrene core although extruded polystyrene is also an acceptable substrate.

Now that we’ve reviewed the material, I’d like to shift focus to the current mindset in regards to MgO board.

Green Building

These days, everyone is focused on green building. That’s where MgO board in a SIPs application has great potential. First, MgO SIPs panels are produced in an energy-efficient manner. MgO panel production requires no high-energy heat treatment. As mentioned before, MgO panels do not contain any toxic materials and when constructed with XPS or EPS substrates, deliver a high R value. They also boast a longer life-cycle, thereby decreasing waste.

The Delicate China Issue

One of the major mindset challenges facing MgO board acceptance is the China situation. Unfortunately, the fact that magnesium oxide is mined in China gives it an unfair disadvantage as a viable material. However, we must remember that legitimate MgO suppliers in China are subject to the same inspections U.S.-produced products are before being imported. After arriving in America, MgO board is then laminated to various cores and substrates by American companies. I don’t think a raw material should be judged based upon where it is from. I compare it to diamonds: While they’re mined outside the United States, American jewelry companies are responsible for the setting, design, and ultimately delivering a quality end product.

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

While MgO board has been extensively tested by manufacturers to meet U.S. standards along with ICC building codes, there has also been limited testing done by DragonBoard on SIPs that incorporate MgO board as a surface material. For the MgO board evolutionary cycle, suppliers, builders, and even end consumers are realizing the benefits of the material for the SIPs industry.

The Learning Curve

Another hurdle MgO board faces is acceptance by the building community. There’s a learning curve when working with any new material, and in today’s tough economy, many are unwilling to expend a little extra time or money to get past that learning curve. However, the payoff when working with MgO board—especially in a SIPs application—is that construction is expedited, and you can earn that time and money back. For example, when MgO SIPs are used instead of conventional stick construction for residential home additions, the room can be erected within two days instead of two weeks.

MgO board also offers time and cost savings when it’s the skin material on both sides of a SIPs panel. That’s because MgO board is highly adaptable: On the wall interior, it’s ready to be finished with joint compound or paint. The exterior is also immediately ready for painting, EIFS, brick or siding.

Time for a Change: What’s Next?

MgO board isn’t the only material stuck in the chicken-egg cycle but it illustrates just how tough bringing a newer product to market can be. Embracing a new idea requires courage, and a willingness to change our mindset and integrate innovative materials into our processes. We just can’t be too “chicken” to explore unfamiliar territory, and we’ve got to work together. The way to solve the chicken-egg situation is to simultaneously shift our mindset and at the same time diversify the materials we build with. If we do both of these things at the same time, no one has to stick their neck out alone.

 

Click on the following links for additional Magnum Board News!

What will you choose for your family?  Gypsum which is destroyed by water; feeds mold and mildew and has been targeted as a source of off gassing or Magnum Board® which is virtually impervious to fire, water and insects; does not feed mold or mildew; and is non toxic.
ProPublica and Sarasota Herald-Tribute, Dec 15, 2010

USGBC AZ Chapter Sonoran Green Expo 2010 Review
Tucson, AZ - October 23 2010

Green Build Focus Expo 2010 Review
Birmingham, AL - August 24-26 2010

Canadian innovation makes basement floors better
The Star - August 31 2010 - Steve Maxwell


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Difference between Gypsum drywall and Magnum Products
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MgO Board
Walls & Ceilings Magazine - November 2007 issue

 

 

 
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