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Excerpt and image from article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan and published on industry news website Sourceable We tend to think of energy efficient buildings as being ‘air tight,’ but this is not actually the desired outcome.There are many factors that affect levels of indoor comfort, including air quality. Air quality can be affected by external air pollutants entering...
Many drivers on the Warrego Highway in Southern Queensland have been surprised by the appearance of a spectacular 30-metre high PVC coated sphere that can be seen from kilometres away. The unusual addition to the landscape is part of a new methane gas collection project launched at Nippon Meat Packers’ Oakey abattoir in Queensland’s Darling Downs. The project is designed to slash the plant’s annu...
Excerpt from article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan and published on industry news website Sourceable. Specifying the wrong flooring can pose significant safety risks to building occupants in all kinds of settings, as well as potential financial risks to architects and specifiers. In Australia, falls are the leading cause of hospital-treated injuries. In fact, fall-injur...
recycling solution for PVC coated fabric1
Four Monash University graduates have presented innovative early product concepts in a project first in Australia to find solutions for recycling PVC coated polyester fabric into new product. Commonly used in advertising banners, truck tarpaulins and grain covers, over 1.2 million m2 of advertising banner fabric alone goes to landfill in Australia every year. That's enough to cover the area of the...
20150312 ReFORM Invitation
Each year, over 1,200,000 m2 of PVC coated polyester advertising banners is disposed to landfill in Australia. This represents over 500 tonnes of quality manufactured and printed product. In addition, truck tarpaulins and grain covers suffer the same fate. This practice is currently repeated in many countries around the world due to challenges in reprocessing. This partnership project aims to ide...
Approaches-to-sustainability
Excerpt from article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan and published on industry news website Sourceable. In the 14 years since Sydney’s green Olympics and the subsequent establishment of the Green Building Council of Australia, there has been a significant change in approach to building and construction in Australia.The GBCA promotes the development of sustainable buildi...
Altro-XpressLay
Image - Altro Xpress Lay St Mary's School Like other resilient flooring materials, traditional vinyl flooring has required adhesives and sealants to hold it in place. When considered as part of the life cycle of floorcoverings, these pose a number of potential impacts.The production of the compounds that make up adhesives may use relatively large amounts of energy and lead to the generation of wa...
Members of the Vinyl Council have had over 80 products reviewed through the Global GreenTag ecolabel scheme. The Global GreenTag certification system incorporates two separate certification systems: GreenRate, intended specifically for Australian and New Zealand building related products and designed to accommodate Green Building Council specific government or corporate accreditation requireme...
The $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital redevelopment is part of a major expansion of health services for the Gold Coast community. Integrated throughout this project was the use of ‘environmentally sustainable’ products including energy efficient lighting, certified products and recycled materials, to minimise the impact on the surrounding areas. Sustainability targets were set around th...
Have you ever wondered what type of Christmas tree has the lowest environmental impacts, a pine tree or a PVC tree? PE International took a look at this question when asked by the American Christmas Tree Association back in 2010. The resulting Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) investigated the environmental impacts of producing either a pine or an artificial Christmas tree (commonly PVC), for one season....

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