Designed for long use
Ninety percent of PVC applications are designed for medium or long-term use. PVC is resistant to weathering, chemical rotting, corrosion, shock and abrasion. In a recent study, PVC pipe that had been buried in Australian soils for 30 years was exhumed and its condition tested. It was found to be in excellent condition (CSIRO, 2000, Long-term performance of PVC pressure pipes).
The Water Services Association of Australia's (WSAA) Sewer Drain Code gives PVC a Category A rating, signifying a life expectancy of over 100 years. WSAA also gives PVC a Category A rating for water reticulation.
In other applications, such as window profiles and cable insulation, studies indicate that over 60% of products will last longer than 40 years. New innovative vinyl formwork wall construction systems have a building design life of 200 years.
Strength and light weight
PVC's abrasion resistance, light weight, good mechanical strength and toughness are key technical advantages for its use in building and construction applications. Its applicability for light weight structures such as roofing, is especially suited to building in Australia's tropical zone. It can also be made scratch resistant, sunlight resistant and of almost any colour.
Rigid PVC is inherently difficult to ignite because of the chlorine from which the polymer is made. It stops burning once the source of heat is removed. Compared with other common plastic, PVC performs well in terms of:
The natural fire resistance of flexible PVC may be reduced by the additives which are blended with the resin to make PVC flexible, but this, in turn, may be offset by the inclusion of flame retardants.
Newly developed, fire retardant PVC formulations (FR-PVC) have significant advantages in terms of lower acid emissions, smoke generation and enhanced fire resistance.
For more information, visit PVC & Fire section.
Relatively low energy content
Because more than half its feedstock is derived from salt, PVC has a lower feedstock energy compared with other polymers derived from oil hydrocarbons as well as many other common building materials. This means that PVC consumes less non-renewable resources than traditional polymers and it contributes to the relatively low embodied energy in PVC products compared to many other products.
For example, the wall thickness of (oriented) PVC-O pipes can be half that of the traditional plastic pipe while maintaining the same pipe pressure. As a result PVC-O pipes can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 20% compared to HDPE pipes, and by about 46-48% for comparable ductile iron and concrete pipes over the pipe life cycle (Dr. José María Baldasano Recio et al, 2005, Estimate of energy consumption and CO2 emission associated with the production, use and final disposal of PVC, HDPE, PP, ductile iron and concrete pipes, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya).
Vinyl has low thermal conductivity so it can contribute significantly to improving the energy efficiency performance of buildings. PVC window frames, doors, cladding and wall profiles help reduce the transfer of heat in all seasons. PVC windows are proven performers in reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling and consequently, over their whole life cycle, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 48-61% compared with aluminium framed windows (Dr. José María Baldasano Recio et al, 2005, Estimate of energy consumption and CO2 emission associated with the production, use and final disposal of PVC, aluminium and wooden windows, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya).
Australian windows are rated for energy efficiency by the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS). PVC windows consistently rate in the highest category. White vinyl roofing membranes are excellent heat reflectors that reduce the burden on air conditioning systems.
PVC pipes are less prone to breaks and failures than pipes of traditional materials, so it’s no wonder they continue to be used for our water and sewage systems. Because PVC pipes do not rust or corrode, they save precious water resources. Because they resist internal pipe-wall buildup, they also require less energy to pump water through than pipes made from traditional materials.
Reduced material use
Advances in vinyl formulations have made today’s vinyl products durable, low-maintenance and lightweight, all which translate into reduced use of other materials. For example, high pressure pipes made from oriented PVC (PVC-O) pipes have up to 50 per cent thinner walls while maintaining the same pressure compared to traditional PVC pipes or alternatives.
Concrete-filled PVC formwork wall systems provide material efficiencies as less concrete and steel is required for wall construction compared to conventional wall systems.
Vinyl building products like siding and fencing don’t require the use of paint, stain, or harsh cleansers, unlike most wood products that need these treatments on a regular basis.
For many applications, PVC is the material of choice in the building and construction sector because of its performance, affordability and environmental properties. PVC has been in wide scale use for over 60 years. It is one of the most researched and thoroughly tested building materials in the world. It meets Australian and international standards for safety and health for the applications for which it is used.
PVC building products have numerous energy and environmental benefits. Since the late 1980s, many life-cycle evaluations have been completed on PVC building products, often comparing them to products made of other materials. PVC products are found to perform favourably in terms of
PVC is the most important polymer used in building and construction applications. It has been a material of choice for over 60 years because of its technical versatility, performance and cost effectiveness.
PVC is durable making it suitable for long-term applications such as pipes and fittings, cable insulation, floor coverings, window profiles, cladding and roof membranes.
PVC makes a major contribution to the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of construction materials, as well as helping to reduce the environmental impact of completed projects.
Over 60 per cent of Australia's annual PVC production is used in this sector. PVC has a versatility that helps it meet modern and future design needs. In addition to new projects, PVC is also widely used in refurbishment where it often replaces traditional materials such as clay and wood.
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Australian Vinyls Corp Pty Ltd
Austech External Building Products Pty Ltd
Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd
Baerlocher (M) Trading Services
Breath Fresh Australia Pty Ltd
Chemson Pacific Pty Ltd
Chemiplas Australia Pty Ltd
Cryo Grind (Aust) Pty Ltd
Deceuninck Pty Ltd
DuctTech Pty Ltd
Emmans Granulators P/L
Formosa Plastics Corporation
Flat Glass Industries
Gerflor Australasia Pty Ltd
Greiner Tech Profile GmbH
HBM Plastics & Packaging Technologies
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Jeld Wen Australia P/L
MPE Plastic Extrusion
PIPA Australia Ltd
Plascorp Pty Ltd
Plastic Bend Fabrications P/L
Plastral Pty Ltd
Plustec Pty Ltd
Primaplas Pty Ltd
PT Asahimas Chemical
Profine International Profile Group Gmbh
Rehau Pty Ltd
RBM Plastic Extrusion
Rebain International (Aust) Pty Ltd
Rojo Pacific Pty Ltd
Schlegel Pty Ltd
Sekisui Rib Loc Australia Pty Ltd
Specialty Polymers & Chemicals Pty Ltd
Stormtech Pty Ltd
Sun Ace Australia Pty ltd
Serge Ferrari SA
Tech Plas Extrusions Pty Ltd
Teknor APEX Asia Pte Ltd
VEKA Plastics (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Weihai Emlta Chemical Industry Co Ltd.
Welvic Australia Pty Ltd
ARFA Association Members:
Altro Apac Pty Ltd
Forbo Floorcoverings Pty Ltd
Kenbrock Flooring (Aust) Pty Ltd
Pegulan Floor Coverings Pty Ltd
Tarkett Australia Pty Ltd
The Andrews Group
PIPA Association Members:
Australian Plastic Profiles Pty Ltd
Iplex Pipelines Aust Pty Ltd
Pipemakers Pty Ltd
Vinidex Pty Ltd
uPVC Windows Affiliate Members:
Australian Window Solutions
DoubleGlazed Window and Door Solutions
Duo Glass Pty Ltd
Ecovue Pty Ltd
Elite Security Screens & Doors
Elite Double Glazing
Fenestration Solutions Australia
Futuretech Windows & Doors
Integra Windows and Doors PtyLtd
Living Design Double Glazing
Lomond Windows and Doors
Malplas UPVC Australia Pty Ltd
Mint Window And Door Solutions
Soft Tech Group
Thermaglaze Windows WA
Thermo Tek Windows
uPVC Window Solutions
uPVC Windows World
Victorian Testing & Inspection Services
Vue Windows Australia Pty Ltd
Windows For Life
Chairman: Mr Ian Rayner
Chief Executive: Ms Sophi MacMillan
PVC Stewardship Manager: Mr Jan Van De Graaff
Vinyl Industry Recycling Strategy Manager: Ms Judith Voyce
Office Manager: Ms Carol Hassan
Registered Office: 20 Porter Street, Highton VIC 3216
Business Address: 1.02 Junction Business Centre, 22 St Kilda Road, St Kilda VIC 3182
Telephone: +61 3 9510 1711
Mr Ian Rayner (Chairman) Managing Director, Breathe Fresh Aust P/L
Mr David Cooper General Manager, Australian Vinyls Corporation
Mr Dieter Klamann Technical Manager, Chemson Pacific
Mr Rodger Connolly Executive General Manager, Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia Ltd
Mr Matthew Hoyne Commercial Director, Welvic Australia
Mr Rob McLorinan, National Sales Manager, Armstrong World Industries (Australia)
Mr Brad Scharenguivel National Sales and Marketing Director, Deceuninck
Mr Ian Lilja Managing Director, Sun Ace Australia
Mr Steve Darwell, General Manager, CSR Buiding Products
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Advocacy: to state and federal governments, policy makers, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders to improve sector conditions, remove barriers and open doors to expand markets for PVC
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Education: educate your sales force and technical staff on the lifecycle of PVC through tailored in-house presentations and equip your front-line with the knowledge they need to promote and position your products
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Influence: make a difference by nominating a member of your organisation to the Technical Steering Group, Board or one of our committees, and have a say in the future direction of the Australian PVC industry.
Recycling: put into practice or trial your product recycling ideas and initiatives by utilising VCA’s government and industry networks in the waste sector
The Vinyl Council of Australia believes that vinyl products have a valuable role to play in a sustainable society.
The Council is a member-based organisation established in June 1998. It acts as the peak organisation representing the Australian PVC, or vinyl, value chain. Our members are drawn from across the supply chain of the vinyl industry in Australia, representing a wide range of products.
The Vinyl Council is working to advance the sustainability of the PVC industry in Australia through sharing information on, and engaging with stakeholders regarding the life cycle of PVC.
The Council advocates the responsible manufacture, use and disposal of PVC products. It aims to foster cooperation between member companies, governments and organisations to increase the understanding of the PVC life cycle.
The Council provides members with a forum where they can seek information and support for the advancement of the industry.