Report: PVC Still Problematic

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Report: PVC Still Problematic

The vinyl industry claims it is greening its products, but the manufacture, use and disposal of PVC still poses significant environmental and health issues.
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Source: Perkins + Will

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 8:00am

CAMPAIGN: Building Science

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POLYVINYL CHLORIDE, OR PVC, is ubiquitous in the building industry. Versatile and cheap, it’s found in nearly every part of the building, from roofing membrane, siding and floor coverings to electrical wiring and plumbing.

The vinyl industry has been attempting to clean up its act, with claims of new, less toxic formulations, reduced emissions during production and increased recycling rates. In light of these claims, architecture firm Perkins+Will, in cooperation with the non-profit Healthy Building Network, compiled a report called Healthy Environments: What’s New (and What’s Not) With PVC. Published in November 2015, the purpose of the study was to present information on the environmental and health hazards of PVC, and to determine if the vinyl industry’s claims have rendered the material safe enough to remove it from the Precautionary List, a group of 25 chemicals for which Perkins+Will says there are preferred alternatives.

The report acknowledges that the industry has taken steps to reduce the toxicity of vinyl. Harmful additives, such as lead-based stabilizers and phthalate plasticizers, are being replaced by more benign chemicals. But the report concludes that, despite these improvements, the fundamental hazards of PVC remain, and that healthier alternatives exist for many PVC products (see chart). Here are some highlights from the report:

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Keywords: Responsible Production & Consumption | Education | Environment | Green Builder Media | Juliet Grable | PVC Disposal | PVC life cycle | Vinyl life cycle | vinyl siding

CAMPAIGN: Building Science

CONTENT: Article

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