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An online design management tool that helps builders, architects, designers and specifiers to develop PVC product solutions that work towards a range of Green Star Credit requirements has been launched by the Vinyl Council of Australia.Downloadable from the Council’s website, this easy-to-use PVC Solutions tool covers many applications of PVC/vinyl products that are part of building construction s...
The uPVC Window Alliance is pleased to announce the release of a draft Industry Code of Practice (ICP) related to the manufacture of unplasticised PVC (uPVC), or vinyl, profiles to be used in windows and doors in Australia, and invites public comments on the draft. Stakeholders are invited to review the draft ICP and submit comments by the closing date of 5.00 pm AEST on 5 February 20. Download ...
The Vinyl Council, with input from stakeholders, has undertaken a second five year review of the PVC industry's Product Stewardship Program to evaluate the Program's effectiveness. Focusing on the five years 2007-2012, the review identifies future challenges for product stewardship in the PVC industry; and proposes recommendations for ongoing Program development. Read more >>>...
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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...

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