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Certification of uPVC windows – proof of long time suitability
On behalf of the uPVC Windows Alliance, the Vinyl Council of Australia recently hosted a series of technical seminars on the European approach to high quality uPVC windows and how the certification process can be applied to the growing Australian uPVC windows market.
Keynote speaker for the seminars was highly regarded European uPVC windows quality and certification expert, Mr. Bernhard Elias. Mr. Elias is responsible for quality and certification under the German RAL window certification system - recognised in Germany and internationally as a symbol for superior quality products and services.
Much of the presentation focused on the need for a certification process to set out the performance requirements for uPVC window profiles within the context of the relevant climatic conditions. Mr. Elias shared the European experience and programs to members of the uPVC Windows Alliance and interested industry members who are currently defining an Australian Industry Code of Practice (ICP).
During his presentation, Mr. Elias addressed the question of why there is the need to have a rigorous certification scheme for uPVC window profile systems.
“Certification delivers confidence in the product– a proof of long time suitability. Every requirement for certification has to do with long term use.
“And when it comes to suitable certification systems for Australia, there is one peculiarity to consider – the sun!“ concluded Mr. Elias.
Mr Elias explained that, in his view, any accepted artificial weathering test of profiles destined for Australian use will have to obey the high irradiation of Australia’s climate.
The Australian ICP currently under development intends to address this. It is intended for suppliers of profiles to local fabricators to give confidence to consumers in the durability of uPVC profiles under Australian climatic conditions. The extruded uPVC profiles will have to meet specific composition, weathering resistance, colour and strength requirements. These performance requirements were selected as they affect the longevity of the profile.
Click here to view or download Mr. Elias’ full presentation