Best Environmental Practice PVC
In 2010 the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) reviewed its Green Star rating tool and under a new approach, the use of Iplex PVC pressure and non-pressure pipe, conduit and fittings can assist buildings to qualify for up to two positive credit points where pipe and fittings can be shown to comply with the GBCA “Best Practice Guidelines for PVC in the Built Environment”. As a means of demonstrating Best Environmental Practice PVC (BEP PVC), Iplex underwent an extensive audit process by independent third-party certifier, ApprovalMark. On Monday 9th February, 2022, Iplex was issued with Compliance: Certificate No. BEP-PVC 0037.
The GBCA has recognised environmental advances made by Iplex and others and has based its revision on a series of PVC Expert Reference Panel (ERP) meetings, site visits, discussions with key stakeholders and examination of international studies. This process has shown the life-cycle of PVC from raw materials and production, through to end-of-life, recycling and disposal. The process has changed considerably in recent years and there is a clear rationale for favouring PVC products that are manufactured and reclaimed through Best Environmental Practice production and end-of-life product management processes.
Definitely not. PVC pipe, conduit and fitting manufacturers must demonstrate that their product meets the requirements of BEP PVC. This requires an audit and certification by an independent third party.