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1 Green Building rating systems and the scoring of PVC Best Practice PVC Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive, Vinyl Council of Australia

2 Agenda Building rating systems Approaches to PVC –2000 Olympics to now The negative Credit Best practice PVC products Moving ahead

3 Environmental ratings of buildings Encourage innovation Benchmark performance Improve practices

4 Emergence of building rating tools BREEAM CASBEE DGNB Green Star IGBC LEED Green Globes Green Mark Green Building Index BERDE Greenship

5 Impacts of building materials resource depletion/renewables, waste/recyclability emissions, greenhouse and energy, toxicity/indoor air quality local sourcing service life, durability

6 Approaches to PVC in green building

7 2000 Sydney Olympics Green Guidelines encourage PVC minimisation Extra cost to replace PVC: A$16.7m

8 CSIRO reviewed PVC building products and found… PVCs life cycle impacts were no more significant than for alternative materials in its major building uses (CSIRO 1996, 1998, 2001) All materials have impacts

9 Australian Green Star rating tool Launched 2003, non-residential buildings PVC Minimisation Credit: –Points for NOT using PVC Rapid growth in building projects registered for Green Star certification

10 Australian Green Star rating tool Launched 2003, non-residential buildings PVC Minimisation Credit: –Points for NOT using PVC Rapid growth in building projects registered for Green Star certification Expected to become the norm

11 PVC building products reviewed 2007 US GBC TSAC report compared PVC to alternative building applications: –Life cycle and risk assessment based –PVC not consistently worst, sometimes the best material –No justification for a PVC-specific Credit

12 2007 GBCA began a review and found… PVC industry has made significant progress in last 5+ years –Most issues addressed or well managed eg VCM Best practice manufacturing should be encouraged New PVC Credit released 2010 Refer

13 Verification No mercury Low VCM emissions Sound environmental management practices No lead or cadmium Safe phthalate plasticisers Product stewardship/ extended producer responsibility

14 Verification No mercury Low VCM emissions Sound environmental management practices No lead or cadmium Safe phthalate plasticisers Product stewardship/ extended producer responsibility

15 A level playing field

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18 Fitness Versatility Durability Good energy And FANS! Competitiveness

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