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Triple-glazed UPVC windows are an integral component of one of Australia’s first certified passive houses. Recognised with a Good Design Award® earlier this year, the SuperPod® project takes a comprehensive approach to building design. International Passive House is touted as the best energy standard to combat climate change with optimum indoor comfort. The standard calls for a cohesive building e...
Recycling Summit
Vinyl Council of Australia invites you to join an interactive forum to form alliances and plans to advance PVC recovery and recycling. At this summit we will explore opportunities to access and source PVC for cost-effective input into new products as well as discuss product design and markets, our challenges and strategies for the future. With a range of stakeholders present, we wi...
Significant changes in the ways we think and act will be required if we are to reduce emissions in a way that will limit climate change to less than a two degree Celsius increase, the level at which many say our economy will be adversely affected.The building products industry, design and construction sectors have a huge role to play in meeting these challenges to produce the kind of products, bui...
The PVC industry’s Product Stewardship Program is one of the longest standing stewardship schemes in Australia, with the specificity to have a broad, whole-of-lifecycle focus.Following the feedback collected during our latest 5 year review of the Program, the overall structure was reviewed, with all commitments reorganised into one of the five sections which now define the Program. Each section fo...
Following the publication of its Annual Progress Report, the Vinyl Council recently launched a stakeholder consultation on its Stewardship Program. It is publicly accessible and we would welcome your feedback! Every two to three years, the Vinyl Council organises roundtable discussions following the publication of its Annual Progress Report. The aim is to review and discuss the progress of the in...

PVC BEP
A new video from the European-based organisation, PVCMed Alliance is designed to educate and promote informed decisions about the use of vinyl in healthcare delivery. The video highlights how using vinyl in hospitals meets the extremely specific requirements around patient and staff health and safety. Hospital floors can be a daunting design challenge as they are exposed to heavy traffic 24 hours...
Recent local media have reported that shark nets may offer a false sense of security with many nets tattered and twisted and others having huge holes easily big enough for a shark to pass through. A downside of shark nets is that they may result in the death of many other sea animals, such as dolphins and sea turtles. To address this, in South Africa, an alternative to shark nets is being trialle...
The tools needed to produce Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) were available some 15 years ago. So why has it taken so long for Australia to get involved?An EPD is a verified document that reports environmental information on a specific product or service, in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations). The reported information is based on the...
Despite uncertainty over Australia’s energy and carbon policy directions, individual businesses continue to take steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of their products. In 2014, the number of companies in the Australian vinyl industry reporting actions to improve energy efficiencies on site, monitoring carbon emission or setting targets to reduce energy consumption ju...
A pilot recycling scheme started last year at Dunedin Hospital has gone so well that it’s been rolled out across a further five wards, bringing the total number of wards at the hospital offering PVC recycling to nine. The scheme, originally piloted in the Emergency Department, Main Operating Theatre, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, and Dialysis, has now been rolled out to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU...

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