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PVC Best Environmental Practice (BEP) certification continues to expand and grow beyond local manufacturers and suppliers. This month sees the first European supplier – Polyflor – becoming licenced by the Vinyl Council to use the BEP PVC trademark. Polyflor, who supplies a range of resilient vinyl floor coverings in Australia, is the tenth company to join the Vinyl Council’s register of BEP produc...
The 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards winners were announced at a gala dinner in Sydney last night. Now in its seventh year, the Sustainability Awards recognise the pinnacle of sustainable building practice in Australia.Vinyl Council were once again pleased to be the sponsor for the Best of the Best Award, recognising the one winning category that is truly outstanding in its innovation and sustainabi...
The European PVC industry's product stewardship program, VinylPlus, has officially become a member of the Green Industry Platform, a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This is a great step for PVC & VinylPlus recognition, credibility and visibility. As said by UNIDO, "VinylPlus is an example of a...

A remarkable PVC sculptural wall structure was one of three finalists in the International Association of Plastics Distribution Design Challenge in the US. An entry by Vycom centered around using PVC in an outdoor environment to create an aesthetically pleasing, yet ecologically friendly, setting. It came together as a joint effort between Vycom and design students from the Harvard School of Desig...
While uPVC* is the material most widely used for window frames across Europe, they are still a relatively small, but growing, part of the Australian windows market. Local demand for uPVC windows is, however, increasing due to home owners’ and building designers’ desire to limit the environmental impact of their homes and buildings through limiting carbon emissions.European Plastics News recently r...
Victorian company, PVC Windows Australia has recently commissioned significant window fabrication infrastructure, with the uPVC window industry poised to experience major growth as the benefits of polymer frames become better understood in Australia.The newly installed, Kaban machining lines are the first of their kind in Australia and will increase the company’s fabrication capacity tenfold. The ...
The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne which won the 2012 Vinyl Council of Australia sponsored BPN Public Buildings & Urban design award, has achieved the highest sustainability levels ever in a healthcare project in Australia. And vinyl was part of the solution. The project used resilient vinyl flooring to contribute to its sustainability effort. Cited as one of the Hospital's key initiatives...
The Best Practice Guidelines for PVC manufacturing related to the Green Star PVC Credit are driving best environmental practice beyond the pipe, cable, wall-covering and flooring applications the Credit covers. Tasmanian manufacturer, Polymarketing Pty Ltd which produces a range of building products under the Envorinex brand, has just achieved independent verification of its Masada building board...
A recent article in CHEManager has discussed how polyvinyl chloride – PVC - has come a long way since the German inventor Friedrich Klatte received the first patent for PVC in 1913. Like many great things in life, PVC was first created thanks to multiple and accidental discoveries in different places at different times during the 19th century. However, it was not until 1913 that Friedrich Heinric...
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Racecourses around the country are using PVC railings to improve safety, a track upgrade which is being lauded as a big win for riders' safety. A recent article in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Rider safety comes up on the inside, refers to a 2009 Medical Journal of Australia study which found that being a jockey is more dangerous than being a boxer - only the job of an offshore fisherman carried more r...

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