All the latest news and information from us.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
Recent blog posts

Assessing sustainability of wall coverings

Posted by on in Latest News
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 ...
Our history of intense bushfire seasons looks set to continue with predictions for the approaching summer season citing extreme El Nino effects, bringing with it drier conditions and unprecedented high temperatures. According to the third biennial State of the Climate report from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, since the 1970s extreme fire weather has increased and the fire season has length...
PVC has found a new beneficial use in the fishing industry. PVC habitat structures, called “fish cubes” have been successfully trailed and implemented in the Kansas lakes area of the United States. Fish cubes are being used to replace degraded wood structures, hedge and cedar trees that have traditionally been used to create fish habitats in the region. “Fish need habitat to survive, to grow, to ...
Due to strong numbers of senior people already registered for the ReSource Summit, the VCA has progressed plans for presentations by leaders in industry and government. People are urged to register for the Summit to be sure of a place and to influence the direction of their sector. Still four weeks until the event, the VCA confirms the following presentations and working groups (a...
b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_7384-small.jpg
The success of PVC recycling programs in Japan is growing, with support from the Japanese Vinyl Environment Council (VEC) and the PVC Pipes and Fittings Association (PPFA), to match waste producers with reuse and recycling opportunities. Research and development demonstrates new opportunities PVC products are well suited to mechanical recycling. Since 2007, Japan’s VEC R&D support program h...
One of the first applications of PVC in healthcare dates back to the 1950’s during the Korean War, when PVC blood bags proved to be both safer and more reliable than glass for treating injured soldiers on the battlefield. Since then, PVC has made it possible for patients and healthcare professionals to access many medical applications. From artificial skin to seamless flooring, ceiling and wall...
An amazing partnership of design flair, material sustainability and a drive to build a truly unique structure has led to Hydronaut, a semi-permanent, demountable structure at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. As a security kiosk for staff, the site had the challenge of providing vision and access to all areas of the building for security staff. Layered over this were requirements for semi-perm...
The Urban Development Institute of Australia’s EnviroDevelopment (ED) rating tool uses sustainability criteria to assess construction and development projects. ED includes consideration for PVC use. Developers can demonstrate that “PVC content is sourced from an ISO 14001 certified supplier”. VCA members with ISO 14001 certification are now listed on our public website under In Construction > ...

Resources

btn-resources

2014PSPReportWeb