20 Oct '15, 10am

What's the Fuss about PVC?

There can be few materials that have the capacity to generate debate and polarise opinion quite as much as PVC. From its origins in the 1830s, technological development in the 1920s, through to mass production in the 1960s, PVC along with Nylon has characterised the triumph of 20th Century plastics technology and engineering. Today the world market demand is for around 40 million tonnes, 70% of which is used in construction. PVC's characteristics of durability and resistance to corrosion make it very suitable for above and below ground piping; its near-ubiquity as a window frame material is well known, even notorious, and, with the addition of plasticisers, PVC-based floor coverings have effectively marginalized the once dominant linoleum industry. Yet in the last couple of decades there has gathered a strong reaction to the material. Though there had been questions asked ...

Full article: http://www.greenspec.co.uk/building-design/polyvinyl-chlo...

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