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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...
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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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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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