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A13 - Let’s Talk About PVC

Wednesday, October 5 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 501ABC

Abstract Text:

PVC is an affordable and commonly used building material.  However, its use is not without controversy.  PVC has been highly criticized for its production, use and post-use handling during the past 30 years. But PVC manufactured and recycled in a responsible manner can be a viable option today, and is preferred to PVC coming from unknown sources and manufactured without proper supply chain controls in place.

In this session, a panel of leading industry experts will discuss how PVC has evolved, open a debate on the material’s future in built environment applications, and consider the improvements being made to address long standing environmental and human concerns.

The audience itself will have an opportunity to learn and contribute to the conversation on material health and sustainable solutions, no matter their stance on this important issue. The panel represents a wide variety of opinions on the subject of PVC use, ranging from the need to phase PVC out of the upstream supply chain and eliminate further chlorine use; to an analysis of market demand to increase post-consumer content on one side and the material health profile on an another side.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to…. Recognize PVC is viable in the Built Environment considering improvements being made to address long-standing environmental, material and human health concerns as well as the WELL Building Standard.

Upon completion, participants will be able to…Understand how PVC addresses air quality standards with Air Credit 4 (VOC reduction) and how responsible manufacturers can often exceed the requirements set forth in CA 1350.

Upon completion, participants will be able to…Distinguish between responsible and irresponsible PVC use by addressing material chemistry, safety, mold and microbe control (Air Credit 6, 25 and 27).

Upon completion, participants will be able to…Drive change by steering the marketplace to manufacture Responsible PVC for durable applications by supporting companies producing optimized products.

Learning Level:

Level 200 – Understanding/Comprehension


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WELL Specific
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Education Tracks: Materials

Event Type: Core Program > Session


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