Considering Cover Boards for Schools

How rigid cover boards can impact the health and safety of building occupants
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Georgia-Pacific Building Products
Presented by Michael Gray

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what a cover board is and list best practices for installation.
  2. Identify what factors affect roof lifespan and how these factors can impact the health and safety of occupants.
  3. List the key approvals to seek with the use of a cover board to ensure the comfort, safety, and welfare of occupants.
  4. Describe how coverboards can impact the performance of the building to improve both the durability and comfort of a building.


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Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
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This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This course offers a better understanding of the value of a rigid coverboard in low-slope commercial and governmental roof assemblies, including schools. Key topics will cover how rigid cover boards perform in adverse conditions, an overview of regulatory bodies and required testing, and a dive into gypsum as a coverboard material.


Photo courtesy of Georgia Pacific Gypsum


Michael Gray, has an extensive background spanning over a decade in building-product sales, commercial real estate and management. He spent 4 years working for a higher education consulting company focused on detailing and benchmarking the physical assets of colleges and universities to aid in their development and master plan decisions. Most recent to joining Georgia Pacific, he managed a sales and operations team within the electrochromic glass market, responsible for the completion of large projects spanning the West Coast and into Canada and Africa. Michael's experience and interest in sustainable, efficient envelope solutions brought him to Georgia Pacific, where he currently holds the role of Building Envelope Manager for the Northwest Region.


Georgia-Pacific Building Products Georgia-Pacific Building Products has a legacy of creating strong, durable, sustainable building materials from exterior sheathing products to drywall in walls and ceilings to industry leading roof products and supporting products from lumber to subfloors to fire doors. We help members of the building community build quality commercial and residential construction projects all over the world. GP Building Products is the largest producer of structural wood panels (plywood and OSB) in North America and is a leading producer of gypsum building products, lumber and composite panels.

We support commercial and residential architects, designers, building material dealers, contractors and builders with tools, education and supporting resources that help the building community advance their knowledge, hone their craft, and make the best product decisions for their projects.


Originally published in May 2023