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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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On behalf of the uPVC Windows Alliance, the Vinyl Council of Australia recently hosted a series of technical seminars on the European approach to high quality uPVC windows and how the certification process can be applied to the growing Australian uPVC windows market.Keynote speaker for the seminars was highly regarded European uPVC windows quality and certification expert, Mr. Bernhard Elias. Mr. ...
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The Vinyl Council of Australia is proud to be chosen as a founding member of the new Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) Advisory Group. The GlobalPSC will regularly canvass information and views from the Advisory Group, when preparing submissions to governments on proposed changes to product stewardship and extended producer responsibility frameworksThe Vinyl Council has been a member ...
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An innovative vertical house located within the vicinity of Le Corbusier Rezé, West France, is based on a timber-frame house with the entire surface coated in white PVC.This project came about when the home-owner wanted to renovate their existing house, but didn’t have the land space for horizontal expansion. Instead, the house was extended 70 sq m vertically. At a height of 11m this project is co...
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The unique challenges that the Australian climate presents when choosing energy efficient building materials, and specifically window profiles, will be explored at a Technical Seminar presented by the uPVC Windows Alliance in Sydney 12 August and Melbourne 13 August. The seminar will draw on the extensive experience of the European uPVC windows market looking at how window profile quality can be c...
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PVC recycling continues to grow across Europe, with a new focus on recovery of medical waste following our Australian example.A total of 435,083 tonnes of waste PVC was recycled through Recovinyl last year across its 16 European member countries. To date, the Recovinyl recycling network comprises 141 companies. Recovinyl is the operational arm of VinylPlus, the ten-year Voluntary Commitment of the...
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In just over one year since the launch of the PVC Recovery in Hospitals initiative, the program has successful expanded to more than 25 hospitals in Australia and trials are set to start in hospitals in New Zealand, the UK and Sweden later this year. The program has already been cited by the international PVCMed Alliance as a pioneer in recovery of PVC medical waste. “The successful uptake and run...
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The Australian PVC industry has launched its latest annual report, showing the progress of its members in meeting their product stewardship responsibilities across the PVC value chain in 2013.One of the major shifts in result from 2012 is the significant increase seen in compliance against manufacturing commitments within the PVC industry’s Product Stewardship Program. “These commitments relate to...

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