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The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) in the US has officially published the first North American industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for water and sewer piping. The EPD was developed in compliance with international environmental management guidelines (ISO 14025) and has been verified by NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International. ...
The 2015 Vinyl Sustainability Forum took place in Cannes, France, April 2015 under the theme, ‘More Vinyl, Less Carbon.’ The Forum convened with over 100 stakeholders from academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, retailers and all sectors of the vinyl industry, including the Global Vinyl Council. Discussions focused largely on how the industry is helping combat climate ch...
Excerpt from original article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan as published on Sourceable The Australian building industry is one of the most regulated and controlled building sectors in the world, and with good reason.The health and safety of our buildings and people within are paramount. Nevertheless, last year’s Melbourne Docklands Building fire and the Infinity cable r...
Excerpt and image from article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan and published on industry news website Sourceable We tend to think of energy efficient buildings as being ‘air tight,’ but this is not actually the desired outcome.There are many factors that affect levels of indoor comfort, including air quality. Air quality can be affected by external air pollutants entering...
Many drivers on the Warrego Highway in Southern Queensland have been surprised by the appearance of a spectacular 30-metre high PVC coated sphere that can be seen from kilometres away. The unusual addition to the landscape is part of a new methane gas collection project launched at Nippon Meat Packers’ Oakey abattoir in Queensland’s Darling Downs. The project is designed to slash the plant’s annu...
Excerpt from article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan and published on industry news website Sourceable. Specifying the wrong flooring can pose significant safety risks to building occupants in all kinds of settings, as well as potential financial risks to architects and specifiers. In Australia, falls are the leading cause of hospital-treated injuries. In fact, fall-injur...
recycling solution for PVC coated fabric1
Four Monash University graduates have presented innovative early product concepts in a project first in Australia to find solutions for recycling PVC coated polyester fabric into new product. Commonly used in advertising banners, truck tarpaulins and grain covers, over 1.2 million m2 of advertising banner fabric alone goes to landfill in Australia every year. That's enough to cover the area of the...
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...
Altro-XpressLay
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...

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