Published: 9th March 2010
The Epwin Group, the specialist low maintenance building products group, has reported new recognition of PVC-U sustainability among attendees at ecobuild 2010.
Showcasing its extensive range of award winning, low maintenance, sustainable building products and its third year in attendance, the group reported a recognisable shift in attitudes among visitors to the green building expo.
Jim Rawson, group chairman, said: “We came to ecobuild for the first time in 2008. Then we raised a few eyebrows as one of the few PVC-U building products businesses to attend.
“In those three years we have seen the sustainability debate move on. PVC-U has achieved an ‘A’ and ‘A plus’ rating PVC-U in the Building Research Establishments Green Guide – for a large part in recognition of the growing volume of PVC-U now being recycled.
“The real debate today is how we as suppliers to the construction industry can work with it to develop products that deliver increased efficiency and enhanced in-life performance.”
The first window company to manufacture a fully recycled window in 2007, the Epwin Group went one better last year to claim the Best Recycled Product Award at the National Recycling Awards for the UK’s first commercial installation of windows manufactured from 98 per cent recycled material.
Products on show at this year’s event reflected that ongoing commitment to innovation and included the new dual colour range from group systems company Profile 22, the low carbon recycled rainwater system from Swish Building Products and a raft of ancillary products including recycled reinforcements, cavity closers and cills.
Group company Permadoor also attended, showcasing its range of low maintenance, thermally efficient GRP doors and launching a new new build door offer.
Jim continued: “We believe we have taken some steps in the right direction – our thermally efficient windows achieve a U-value as low as 0.8 and can deliver significant savings on CO2.
“We have also developed products that drive efficiency on site – our 98 per cent recycled cavity closer has been developed to be ‘green’ but also to facilitate more effective delivery of new homes.
“Sustainability is today a given in the manufacture of building products and the language of business in the construction industry. It’s the efficiency of products in construction, their performance in-life and their effective recovery that we see as being most important, not least as the building industry begins its tentative recovery from the downturn.”< Back to News Page