PVC-U window and door frames are an Eco-friendly material. Manufacturing energy consumption for aluminum profiles is over 7 times of that for PVC-U profiles. PVC-U profiles can be recycled and re-used.
In UK, “The Green Guide” published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) includes a detailed assessment of the environmental impact of different types of window. It compares windows made from PVC-U with those made from timber, aluminium and steel, and examines the affect they have on 13 different environmental criteria. These include everything from human health and climate change to waste disposal and damage to the ozone layer. The BRE’s Green Guide gives PVC-U an “A” rating for domestic windows and an “A+” rating (the highest awarded) for commercial windows. Only the best wooden windows can boast ratings like this. As for aluminium it gets an “E” rating while steel is only awarded a “B”. The BRE is completely independent. To view The Green Guide in full, visit www.thegreenguide.org.uk
PVC-U window recycling video from our supplier – VEKA
Since 1993 VEKA Umwelttechnik GmbH, has operated Europe’s most advanced PVC recycling plant in the Thuringian town of Behringen. Discarded windows, doors and roller shutters made of synthetic materials should not end up at a waste disposal site but rather be reused for production in a closed raw material cycle. The PVC obtained in the recycling process is 100% pure and can be used for the production of new profiles without affecting quality. For more information, visit http://www.veka-recycling.co.uk/
Preserving the environment is one of the leading concerns we, as a society, face today. Individuals and corporations alike must act responsibly and understand how the products they purchase and manufacture will affect the environment today and tomorrow.
A number of factors can influence how”environmentally friendly” a product or industry is viewed. Those products and industries associated with recycling, energy efficiency and minimal waste disposal will have a definite advantage in the ever”greening” global marketplace.
Plastic, once regarded as a substitute material that is used and thrown away, is becoming one of the most durable and widely recycled materials in the industry today. Plastic products have made an impact on modern medicine, global communications, transportation and food preservation. Plastics are also used in the preservation and protection of the environment in such ways as materials recycling and pollution prevention.
Ironically, plastics, which were originally thought to be one of the larger of waste disposal problems, are now vital in the construction of material landfills. These facilities depend on plastic liners to protect groundwater by blocking toxic escape into the environment.
Plastic drainage nets and textiles are used to remove the leachate and methane gas that collects inside the landfill, while plastic reinforcing materials and foam coverings save space, suppress odors and deter pests.
Plastic products also conserve energy since they are lighter than alternative materials and use less fuel to transport. Plastic building components and insulation are extremely efficient in reducing conduction and infiltration into living spaces, lowering the amount of energy used for heating and cooling. Plastics generally require less energy to manufacture than equivalent products made of alternate materials.
PVC is the world’s second most widely-used plastic material. PVC, a non-hazardous white granular powder made from PVC chloride monomer, is fabricated into diverse PVC products having a variety of applications. PVC is predominantly used in construction and building applications that include window and door frames, sewer and water distribution pipe, drain, waste and vent plumbing pipe and house siding, flooring and wall coverings. PVC is an integral part in the manufacture of electrical wire and cable, packaging, furniture and coatings. A vast array of products found in the home and industry use PVC products because of their unique characteristics and low cost.
Because most PVC applications are long- term uses that are not disposed of quickly, relatively little (about two and a half percent) is found in the waste stream. PVC is highly recyclable and can be incinerated safely without harm to the environment.
The small amount of PVC that is discarded is also environment-friendly. Studies conducted by independent bodies, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, have shown that the presence or absence of PVC waste in incinerator feed has no effect on the amount of dioxins produced by incinerators. Dioxin production from any source can be minimized by carefully controlling incinerator operating conditions. Modern pollution control equipment minimizes dioxin emissions, and scrubbers remove over 90 percent of the acid gases produced from the incineration.
PVC also resists attack from the corrosive action of water and soil conditions typically found in landfills. It remains inert and will not leach harmful chemicals into groundwater.