9 plasterboard alternatives to cut the carbon footprint of your build

Man in hard hat measuring plasterboard alternative Breathaboard
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When you think of plasterboard, you rarely think of plasterboard alternatives. But, there are some seriously good replacements out there that not only offer durability and ease of installation but are also better for the environment.

Not all the alternatives are direct replacements when plasterboarding, but all offer a traditional or a contemporary designer finish. Many are competitively priced compared with traditional gypsum, with some not needing a layer of plaster to look good – perfect for less experienced DIYers. 

Plasterboard alternatives: 9 options to choose from

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.