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uPVC windows – keeping the indoors comfortable

The combination of uPVC window frames and double glazing makes for highly energy efficient windows. Unlike metals, uPVC is non-conductive, meaning as a window frame it does not transfer heat well and therefore doesn’t transfer temperatures from inside to outside, or vice versa.

It contributes to a more consistent internal temperature for a building, improving indoor comfort and so reducing the amount of energy required to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures.

IN WINTER – as the uPVC frame doesn’t transfer heat from the warm inside to the cold outside, uPVC double glazed windows work well at reducing loss of heating warmth in cold weather.

IN SUMMER – uPVC window frames reduce the transfer of heat from outside to inside, keeping the interior cooler and reducing the need for artificial cooling. Cooling a home in summer can use up to three times the energy required to heat it in winter.

The low conductivity of uPVC as a material and the tight seals uPVC windows provide make uPVC windows an excellent choice in energy efficient buildings.

Select the links below to view a comparison between PVC and metal window profiles using thermal transfer modelling.

The thermal transfer modelling is provided by AFRC Lab Pty Ltd. The temperature of the internal side of the frames is recorded over a 24-hour period in comparison to the external temperature, based on window design simulations.

The source of climate data is ASHRAE climate stations data for 9 February and 15 July 2017. The sources of data for material/window thermal performance included Therm 7.6 Material Library, Window 7.6 for Glass, Matlab. The window system configurations, based on typical available systems, were Upvc: 4 - 14 Argon – 4; Aluminium 5 -10 Argon – 5.


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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 04:03

PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons

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Building on the success of the two previous PVC AUS conferences held in 2016 and 2018, PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons will bring together the vinyl value chain from across the region.

Over A$1 billion of raw materials are consumed by Australia’s PVC manufacturing industry annually and over A$3 billion of products containing PVC are sold in Australia. The ANZ vinyl industry is seen as progressive and innovative and highly connected to Asia Pacific supply chains.

Over two days, PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons will have content-rich plenary sessions, technical presentations, panel discussions and table top exhibitions, together with plenty of networking and conversation time including:
> 3 hours of welcome drinks, networking and fun at Topgolf Gold Coast
> Dinner with an amazing view and great entertainment at SkyPoint, the Gold Coast’s highest, most unique venue.  

This event will provide an exceptional opportunity to reach, network with and influence key decision makers in the industry.

With experts in PVC manufacturing, product development and markets supported by world-renowned companies as sponsors and exhibitors, this event will explore future trends and opportunities for the industry in the region.

  • Over 150 participants
  • Local and international speakers
  • Great networking and discussion time
  • Practical content take-aways

Registrations are now open! Book here. 


Advantages of sponsoring PVC AUS 2020

> Gaining priority access to industry decision makers
> Raising your company’s profile within the industry
> Increasing awareness of your company’s products and services among key industry players and prospective clients
> Generating sales opportunities
> Networking with peers and building professional networks

A range of a packages are available to suit companies large and small.  Refer to the Sponsorship Prospectus for further information.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 22:47

Australian Resilient Flooring Association

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Australian Resilient Flooring Association (ARFA)

ARFA is the peak industry body in Australia representing Resilient Floor and Wallcoverings and is a member of the Vinyl Council of Australia.

Visit ARFA's website for more information.


Monday, 19 February 2018 05:50

PVC AUS 2018

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PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future

Presentations and papers given at PVC AUS 2018: Shaping the Future, Sydney 13-15 March 2018.


Eddie Kok IHS Chemical  A global outlook on PVC supply/demand – will supply get tighter in the next five years?
Arjen Svenster ECVM VinylPlus – the European voluntary commitment in the context of circular economy
Cristian Barcan Vinyl Institute Vinyl for a purpose-driven sustainable development – a US perspective
Terence Jeyaretnam EY Evolution of voluntary and regulatory Product Stewardship programs in Australia: Challenges, drivers and the future
Allan O’Connor Department of Defence Sustainable procurement in a large infrastructure program – a purchaser’s perspective on PVC
Darryl Stuckey Lendlease EPDs on the high rise: Supplier engagement and whole building LCA
David Baggs Global GreenTag The comparative life cycle evaluation of PVC vs other flooring

Stuart Douglas, Dennis Collins

innovyz / PVC Separation PVC Separation – a new chemical technology to separate PVC laminated materials
Neil Wilson Romar Engineering 3D printing and its aid to manufacturing
Berend Stel Rollepaal Developments in O-PVC extrusion technology
Dr Tracy Wakefield Plustec Avoiding the Venus flytrap of Australian windows
Nigel Jones Australian Vinyls New developments in performance and delivery of PVC for the Australian market
Rob Jagger Business Outcomes Group Identify and evaluate the best opportunities for business growth
Gerhard Hoffman Greiner Extrusion PVC Profiles – an expanding market opportunity
Dario Soncin Plasmec Latest Development in PVC mixing: (1) Mixing tools technologies and cooling efficiency
(2) Reducing the effects of humidity in the PVC dry-blend
Christian Birzer Krauss Maffei Plastic processing machinery – being prepared for the future
Dexter Chan, Alex Krassas Arkema / Rebain International The merits of pure acryllcs to replace CPE
Dane Tallen Baerlocher Calcium based solutions for injection moulding. Can one size really fit all?
Stephen Moore Townsend Solutions Global trends in PVC resin applications and additives usage
Ben Burden Employsure How to avoid employee Fair Work claims – unfair dismissal, bullying and harassment
Burak Dincel Dincel Construction Protecting and innovating our industry
Andrew Swan TechPlas Extrusions CASE STUDY: TechBoard – Analysing market entry and acceptance of an innovative product for a previously
unexplored market
Barbara Nebel thinkStep Without a seat, three legs alone make no stool
Michael Barnacoat ProGeneus CASE STUDY: Resysta – the irresistable product
Helen Millicer, Dr Mark Richardson Vinyl Council of Australia / Monash
University Department of Design
‘Wicked’ sustainable design – tackling end-of-life PVC
Sophi MacMiIlan, Laveen Dhillon Vinyl Council of Australia Vinyl: Shaping the future
Matthew Warren Australian Energy Council The future of energy in Australia
Geordan Murray Housing Industry Association Construction market outlook and emerging trends
Alex Stanley NAB Australian economic and financial outlook
Friday, 03 November 2017 02:40

Sustainability - Recycling - PVC Waste AUdit

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PVC Waste Audit

The Vinyl Council, on behalf of the Signatories of the PVC industry’s Product Stewardship Program, commissioned a national PVC Waste Audit. The Audit was conducted by Nolan ITU in 2005 to understand and gather data on the amount of PVC waste entering the waste stream in Australia annually.

The major proportion of PVC resin is consumed in long life applications which take years to enter the waste stream. Based on historical resin consumption by application going back to the 1940s and average service life times for each application, the Audit estimated how much of each application would be entering the waste stream today and going forward to 2015.

The Audit is the most comprehensive study to date on the quantities of PVC waste currently generated in Australia. Data was obtained from importers and exporters, manufacturers, converters and recyclers.

The findings from data collected for the calendar year 2004 were:

  • Less than one per cent of the 16-20 million tonnes of waste sent to landfill each year in Australia was PVC
  • 3.4 per cent of the total quantity of PVC products still in use were products at the end-of-life
  • 158,300 tonnes of end-of-life PVC product was available for recovery
  • 10,035 tonnes of PVC recyclate was made from the PVC waste collected in existing recycling programs.

The audit suggested priorities for PVC recovery based on the amount of available end-of-life PVC by application, ease of recovery, current infrastructure, and technical issues in the recycling process.

The Product Stewardship Program has subsequently launched an action plan, Vinyl-2-Life and a Industry Strategy to investigate barriers to recycling in the priority applications, set objectives and strategies and assist in the development of infrastructure for material recovery.


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