- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 12 Nov 2018
Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral with the chemical formula CaSO4·2H2O, also known as calcium sulfate dihydrate. It is comprised of calcium, sulphur bound to oxygen, and water. It is an abundant mineral in sedimentary rocks that has been mined and used for construction and and as a fertilizer since the time of Ancient Egypt.
Pure gypsum is typically white, although impurities create a wide range of different colours. Gypsum is moderately water soluble but exhibits retrograde solubility, meaning it becomes less soluble at higher temperatures. It is fire resistant and is effective at preventing the passage of sound.
This base gypsum is used for a wide variety of applications:
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
28 leading bodies set out their vision for the future.
Chancellor announces latest Winter Support packages.
Tapping technology to boost infrastructure and create jobs.
4 ways to ensure certificates are valid.
White elephant construction projects.
How Paul Williams bent over backwards to overcome racial barriers.
Organisation revises actions around dealing with COVID-19.
CIOB, NFCC, RIBA, RICS call for changes ahead of Building Safety Bill.
Developments in the Future Homes Standard.
An American chimney feature with a colourful past.
Homes based on need, not ability to pay.
Historic England adds 216 entries to the 'at risk' register.
Will cycling and walking provisions be preserved?
Assembly point levels range from relative to ultimate.