USG Announces New Design Studio Tools

July 21, 2009

CHICAGO – Architects and contractors can now find new LEED®, Submittal Builder and Limiting Heights tools at USG Design Studio, the single online resource that helps architects and contractors simplify the design, specification & submittal process. Since 2007, users have quickly and accurately designed, compared, changed, selected and specified interiors products and systems with USG Design Studio free of charge. 

“USG Design Studio is the one-stop, Web-based resource for architects and contractors design-build needs and is designed around how architects and contractors think and work,” says Robert Grupe, director of USG Architectural & Technical Solutions. “By offering a robust set of free interactive and educational tools for both architects and contractors, USG Design Studio bridges the gap between design and specification, and fosters greater collaboration between the design build team. The closer teams work together the better the opportunities for more productive building projects that ultimately satisfy clients needs.”   

USG Design Studio offers architects and contractors the most comprehensive design, specification and submittal tools available online today for use in either CAD or BIM software and users can compare products from other manufacturers. 

With the new Understanding LEED page and LEED Report tool, users can find information about LEED, including how to earn credits and points with USG products, and then generate a custom Microsoft Word report for a specific project based on the USG products selected.  

The new Submittal Builder tool allows users to quickly and easily find product information and Material Safety Data Sheets for USG products. Users can download each document or send an e-mail containing the selected documents. Contractors will find this tool especially helpful in better understanding the products specified so they can more accurately prepare their project bids and increase their opportunity to secure building projects.  

Finally, with the new Limiting Heights tool, users can find information for interior partitions based on the Steel Stud Manufacturer Association’s Interior Non-Structural Composite table, and also quickly identify stud size and maximum partition height. 

“As the economy recovers and new building projects are approved, especially those funded with stimulus dollars, architects and contractors will face an even greater demand for transparency, accuracy and productivity,” says Grupe. “USG Design Studio dramatically improves the building process by giving users the ability to efficiently and accurately specify the right products and assemblies with just a few mouse clicks. Then, because Design Studio incorporates the latest technologies, users can see the impact of those products on building design and performance.” 

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum companies, USG Interiors Inc. and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves the residential and non-residential construction markets, repair and remodel construction markets, and industrial processes. USG wall, ceiling, flooring, and roofing products provide leading-edge building solutions for customers, and L&W Supply locations stock and deliver USG building materials nationwide. For additional information, visit the USG Web site at

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