Nobody can do everything. Neither can we. Thus, we work together with top-class partners and actively engage in well-known networks in order to advance sustainability.
VinylPlus is the voluntary commitment of the European PVC industry with the aim of promoting the development of the production and use of PVC in terms of sustainability. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the world's most important polymers and is characterized by its flexibility, cost efficiency and safety. Over time, however, concerns about the environmental and social implications of PVC emerged. Therefore, five major challenges were drawn:
REHAU supports VinylPlus and is actively involved in shaping the initiative.
Additional information: www.vinylplus.eu. In our Sustainability Report on page 31 you will find an interview with Stefan Eingärtner, Deputy General Manager at VinylPlus.
Green building is becoming increasingly important at a national and international level. The focus in terms of green building is on the minimization of energy and resource consumption. As such, balanced consideration of economic, ecological and social aspects in all phases of a building's life cycle is required.
Compared to the American LEED and British BREEAM systems, the DGNB certificate is relatively new to the building sustainability assessment market. The system was first developed in 2007, around 15 years after LEED and BREEAM. Following a pilot phase in 2008, the first 'New office and administrative buildings' occupancy profile was introduced onto the market. The DGNB certificate has since become increasingly prevalent on a national level. According to a press statement published on June 20, 2012 on the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) website, more than 750 projects throughout the world have already been granted a DGNB certificate or have applied for certification. The number of members has also steadily increased since its foundation and now totals more than 1,100.
During the development of integrated solutions we consider the entire product life cycle and thereby have a special focus on environmental protection and resource conservation. Thus we enable our customers to benefit from maximum energy efficiency. Using innovative materials and system expertise, we promote new technologies and the use of all necessary materials and resources in sustainable energy-saving solutions. Our goal: We create lasting values through energy efficient products and solutions, which are considered as a whole in the development.
Additional information: www.dgnb.de.
As a member of Rewindo, the voluntary association of leading German plastic profile manufacturers, we foster the recycling of disused PVC profiles. In Germany, Rewindo is committed for achieving the recycling targets set by VinylPlus recycling targets. Rewindo is a partner in politics, administration and industry and operates along the entire value chain. The recycling quantities from old windows, shutters and doors, but also from profile sections rise annually. Thus, the valuable raw material PVC finds his way back into the production process. This saves resources, saves energy and promotes climate protection targets of the energy transition.
Additional information: www.rewindo.de.