14 January 2014
The uPVC Window Alliance is pleased to announce the release of a draft Industry Code of Practice (ICP) related to the manufacture of unplasticised PVC (uPVC), or vinyl, profiles to be used in windows and doors in Australia, and invites public comments on the draft.
The ICP has been requested and developed by the uPVC Window Working Group, comprising representatives of suppliers of uPVC exterior profile extrusions used for assembled windows and doors in Australian buildings, as well as representatives of the Australian Windows Association and the Vinyl Council of Australia.
The purpose of the ICP is to provide greater confidence to customers and consumers in the durability of uPVC profiles under Australian climatic conditions by having extruded uPVC profiles for use in windows and doors in Australian buildings meet specific composition, weathering resistance, colour and strength requirements. These performance requirements were selected as they affect the longevity of the profile.
Manufacturers of profiles that have been independently verified as meeting the ICP performance requirements may apply for use of an ICP licence mark in relation to the compliant profiles.
In brief, the ICP includes provisions such as:
- Maximum concentrations of residual monomer.
- Restrictions on the use of additive compounds containing lead, cadmium or mercury.
- Provisions for the use of recycled PVC.
- Charpy impact strength requirements for pre-exposed and weathered profiles.
- Natural weathering and/or accelerated weathering test requirements appropriate to Australian climatic conditions.
The intention is for the ICP to be implemented in addition to uPVC profiles meeting the requirements of the Australian Window Standard AS2047.
To review the ICP, download a copy here.