Best Environmental Practice PVC
The Australian Standards for PVC pipe and conduit (AS/NZS 61386.21, AS/NZS 1260 and AS/NZS 1254) have the Best Environmental Practice (BEP) requirements developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), embedded in them to facilitate and openly encourage:
- Best environmental practice manufacturing
- Fully independent third-party conformity certification
- Responsible sourcing of raw materials, and
- Simple procurement and identification of conforming BEP PVC products
The health and environmental concerns sometimes associated with PVC are simply not applicable to Australian pipe products:
- Australian PVC pipe contains no plasticiser, which means no phthalates
- There are no dioxins in Australian PVC pipe
- Australian PVC pipe contains no heavy metal additives or stabilisers, which means no lead or cadmium
Australian Standards for PVC pipe specifically exclude such additives and worldwide are the only national product standards to do so.
The GBCA found that the level of dioxin emitted due to production of BEP PVC and its constituents, is much less than that from other sources. There is therefore no rationale for discrimination against PVC pipe on the basis of dioxin emissions (GBCA, 2010).