PVC Duct Systems has been added as a new category to the Best Environmental Practice PVC Product Register maintained by the Vinyl Council of Australia. The new category has been included in the Register in response to the growth in the use of low-profile PVC ductwork systems.

The EcoDuct 300 Series is the first product in this category to carry the Vinyl Council’s Best Environmental Practice (BEP) PVC trade mark. This mark is awarded to independently assessed, Best Practice PVC-compliant products that meet stringent lifecycle criteria developed by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The newly accredited EcoDuct is a low impact fire retardant duct system that incorporates up to 50% recycled PVC and is 100% recyclable at end of life. The ducting system is specifically designed for high-rise apartment applications with limited ceiling spaces.

The Vinyl Council’s BEP PVC Register covers a wide range of BEP-accredited construction products across categories covering flooring, resilient wall coverings, pipes and fittings, conduit/fittings, fencing, cable and permanent formwork.

For BEP PVC accreditation, manufacturers have to undertake the vigorous, third-party assessment process of their products to verify their minimal environmental impact. The Vinyl Council then vets the certificates and records the products, suppliers and certificate validity on an online register.

The Vinyl Council’s chief executive, Sophi MacMillan says: “PVC is a versatile material that offers a cost-effective, durable and low maintenance solution for a wide range of construction products.

“Best Environmental Practice PVC accreditation is an established quality mark for PVC or vinyl products that helps specifiers to choose sustainable products manufactured to the most stringent environmental criteria.

“In addition to being recognised in Green Star’s Responsible Building Materials credit, Best Practice PVC is a valuable aid for specifiers and anyone procuring PVC products; and the online register makes it simple to identify those items made to the highest sustainable standards.”