During the housing boom in the mid 2000’s, home builders and suppliers sought construction material from outside the United States to keep up with a growing demand for new building materials. In 2008, some of the drywall imported from China was identified as emitting sulfur gases in newly constructed homes in Florida. Homeowners have reported that the drywall gases cause metal corrosion and adverse health effects. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) first identified a home built in Virginia with Chinese Drywall in early 2009. Since that time, VDH has worked with other state and federal agencies to investigate contaminated drywall and reported health effects.
For answers to frequently asked questions on Chinese Drywall, please see the Chinese Drywall – Frequently Asked Questions. For potential homebuyers with questions about Chinese Drywall, please see the Homebuyers FAQ.
For more information, please contact the Division of Environmental Epidemiology at 804-864-8182.