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
- energy efficiency,
- thermal-insulating value,
- low contribution to greenhouse gases,
- product durability and
- life cycle advantages.