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Field Guide to Chinese Drywall

(Updated July 2012)

Drywall imported from China can emit sulfurous gases, corrode and blacken copper piping, computers and wiring, and possibly sicken family members. Read about the effects of Chinese drywall on health and the real estate market and discover websites that provide helpful information on this developing topic.

Health Effects

Imported drywall and health—a guide for healthcare providers, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mar. 3, 2011).

Chinese drywall problems: health effects and property damage from contaminated drywall, (nolo.com, n.d.).

Impact on Real Estate and Homeowners

$13M settlement reached in Chinese drywall cases, (The Virginian-Pilot, June 21, 2012).

Chinese drywall ban, regulations sought, (The Herald-Tribune, Mar. 12, 2012).

Measuring toxic drywall’s harm to Florida homeowners, (The Herald-Tribune, Jan. 13, 2012).

Abating Chinese drywall, (Remodeling, May 2011).

Feds issue new guidelines on electrical wiring within homes with Chinese drywall, (TCPalm, Mar. 18, 2011).


Find homes with tainted drywall, (ProPublica, Dec. 14, 2010).

Drywall Information Center, (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, n.d.).

eBooks & Other Resources


The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Home Buyer's Checklist (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central.  Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.  Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Healthy homes in a toxic world, (New York, NY: Wiley, 1992). RA 770.5 b74

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