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Sustainable use of PVC-U

Sustainability is becoming more and more important across both construction and architecture. Because of this, our Sustainable Use of PVC-U Windows to Maximise ROI webinar delves into how eco architecture can benefit your business.

Throughout the session, we will demonstrate the sustainable benefits of PVC-U windows and the importance of this sustainable building design to the industry as a whole. Namely, how these eco-friendly windows and green architecture can be used to enhance the performance of buildings while still maintaining aesthetics.

To get a taste of the topics along with a UPVC windows introduction, we will be covering on the webinar, continue reading, below.

Is UPVC sustainable?

When used responsibly, UPVC (or PVC-U) is one of the most sustainable architecture materials available for windows and doors on the market.

Many manufacturers, including Eurocell, use recycled PVC-U to create sustainable window frames and sills. However, the function of the material itself also makes it an eco-friendly choice.

By being used for double glazing windows, PVC-U helps to retain heat in homes. This minimises the carbon footprint of millions of homes around the UK.

What’s more, the life of UPVC windows is longer than other double glazing materials and it is very low maintenance. This means no toxic repainting or harmful chemicals to keep it clean.

How long do UPVC windows last?

While many PVC-U windows are guaranteed for at least 10 years, the average lifespan is actually much longer. If properly maintained and cared for, this eco architecture material can last between 20 to 35 years, according to sustainable architecture studies.

With such a long lifespan, PVC-U windows showcase their eco-credentials, minimising the need to buy replacements as often.

Is UPVC recyclable?

Yes, PVC-U can be recycled easily with almost all of the material able to be put straight back into production for more sustainable window frames.

For example, here at Eurocell, we are dedicated to UPVC window recycling and we aim to recycle almost 100% of waste products into new eco-friendly window frame options. In fact, we are the largest recycler of PVC-U in the UK, recycling millions of window frames every year.

Not only does the recycling process benefit the environment, but PVC-U actually gets stronger after it's been recycled. This means that this sustainable architecture alternative offers better technical performance than other window frame materials.

UPVC vs PVC windows

The main difference between PVC-U and PVC windows is in the name: the ‘U’ stands for unplasticized. PVC windows use softening plasticisers to increase the flexibility of the material.

From a sustainability standpoint, materials that tend to use plasticisers typically do not last as long and offer poor heat resistance. This makes PVC-U the superior choice for both architecture and construction purposes.

How do I start this Eurocell CPD webinar?

To start learning more about the benefits of PVC-U and sustainable windows, fill out the CPD request form at the bottom of the page. A member of our team will get back in touch to offer more information, offering you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

We also have two other courses on offer, covering the past, present and future of PVCU and Value Engineering for Architects. You can also head back to the CPD page to learn more about CPDs.

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