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Watch how important plastics, especially PVC or vinyl, are to modern healthcare. PVC allows for manufacturing of affordable disposable medical devices, which meet all the technical requirements in medical regulations around the world. The Curious Patient: PVC in Healthcare Before PVC, medical devices were much more expensive, caused cross-contamination due to multiple use and painful for patie...
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An Australian Industry Code of Practice (ICP) and accreditation scheme for uPVC (vinyl) profiles to be used in windows and doors has been released. uPVC (unplasticised PVC) windows are known around the world for being durable, low maintenance, thermally efficient products. However, one of the most common queries from specifiers, builders and consumers about uPVC windows in Australia is whether th...

New future for advertising banners in Australia

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The NSW Minister for Environment Mark Speakman has just awarded funding to the Vinyl Council of Australia for a landmark project with the advertising industry for trials to recycle PVC coated banners into new products. Currently over 1,200,000 m2 (500 tonnes) of advertising banners (billboard skins) go to landfills around Australia every year at a significant cost to business and a waste of durab...
The NSW Minister for Environment Mark Speakman has just awarded funding to a collaboration organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia for a landmark project to improve recycling solutions for commercial vinyl flooring. Currently it is estimated that 4,500 tonnes of commercial vinyl flooring ends up in NSW landfills each year, with an estimated 13,500 to 15,000 tonnes Australia-wide. These figure...
European industry association, PVC4Pipes has opened a public archive of more than 250 technical papers that were delivered during successive International Plastic Pipe Conferences over the last 45 years. Over a million words of technical and commercial importance to the PVC industry, specifiers and users of PVC pipe systems can now be scanned, sorted and shared for content. All papers posted to t...
It was good news to read recently that a local carpet tile manufacturer has taken the opportunity in building a new factory to provide space for recycling their product, including the PVC component, at end of life. The company is reportedly investing $1.4 million in research and development to reprocess old carpet domestically - an encouraging signal that, with the latest technologies, the recycli...
The SURE HOUSE, a model home for sustainable, resilient housing in coastal communities, recently won the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon. The winning design was built around three core principles: energy efficiency; fully solar powered; and a resilient energy hub. PVC is used extensively throughout the design, in recognition of its durability, versatility, energy efficiency, and ...

Assessing sustainability of wall coverings

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As the popularity of wallcoverings continues to grow, questions are inevitably asked about how to understand the life cycle impacts of these materials and how to choose a sustainable product. To address this, the American wallcovering industry has developed a powerful sustainability standard to provide interior designers and their clients with certified sustainable products. NSF/ANSI 342: Sustain...
The Australian federal government, through the Department of Industry and Science’s YourHome.gov.au website, has released free architect‐designed plans and base specifications for homes to achieve a minimum 7 Star NatHERS rating in a range of climate zones. A review of the plans and base specification, then the Star Ratings, however, leads to equal parts confusion and concern. A recommended choic...
From December, 2015 all projects registering for Green Star certification will need to apply under the newest suite of Green Star tools, released in 2014. This includes Green Star – Design & As Built and Green Star – Interiors. Following an extensive review in consultation with GBCA stakeholders, these updated versions have completely revamped the consideration of materials and products used ...

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