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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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PVC-coated polyester is one of the best materials for outdoor advertising banners, or 'billboard skins'. It survives in all weather, it withstands storms and heatwaves, it takes ink printing well, and keeps the bright colours and branding looking good for months, even years. This is why it is the material of choice in outdoor advertising on buildings, roadsides and trucks.However, once used, virtu...

Top Score achieved for PVC Pipes

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Rating assessments performed by the Dutch technical institute for environmental impact of building materials, NIBE, have found that PVC pipe systems score the top mark when assessed from cradle to grave. The rating ‘one’ given to PVC pipes is the result of a life cycle assessment scheme to rate building materials for the quality label DUBOkeur. The European Plastics Pipes and Fittings Association ...
The Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA), in collaboration with Australian Vinyls, has recently updated the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) for Australian made PVC resin. The data has successfully gone through peer-review and has now been uploaded on AusLCI, the Australian Life Cycle Inventory database. “We are very pleased that this data has been updated, independently reviewed and made available throug...
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Vinyl flooring is being recognised for its inherent hard wearing, long lasting qualities as more and more major projects choose vinyl flooring for high traffic areas.The latest school being built under Scotland’s Schools of the Future project is no different. Stephen Home, senior architectural technician, at Glasgow architects Cooper Cromar, explained to Specification Online UK :“As one of the exe...
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For many Australians, Pantanal Arena was the scene of our first heartbreak at this year’s FIFA world cup – where Australia lost 3-1 to Chile.   Pantanal Arena located in Cuiabá, Brazil is one of many sporting stadiums using PVC to ensure sustainability solutions are prioritised and that after major events the stadium can be repurposed. At the London 2012 Olympics, more than 142,000m2 of PVC fabri...
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced last week that they will be working with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to advance LEED – the USGBC’s green building rating tool. This signals a shift towards a process of constructive engagement to apply a scientific and technical based approach to green building tools and allows LEED access to the materials science expertise that makes up the...
Sustainability rating tools are important for the building industry to encourage the built environment to be developed to the highest possible environmental, health and social performance standards. The industry wide uptake of these tools – such as Green Star rating tools from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) – has led to product innovation and higher standards of best practice in ma...

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