Where is it Commonly Found?Pipes, conduits, waterproofing, roofing, siding, door and windows, resilient flooring, carpet backing, wall covering, signage, window treatments, furniture, and wire cable sheathing
What are its known health effects?
What are its suspected health effects?
Kidney Toxicant (RTECS)
Reproductive Toxicant (OEHHA-CREL)
PET plastic for wiring jacketing; natural and polyolefin materials for wallcovers; Rubber, Linoluem, PVC-free resilient flooring options, Nylon, Polyester for shower curtains; Polyurethane, Nylon, Nylon Microfiber and Polyethylene; Fiberglass base with cotton flocked backing, polyester with arcylic foamed backing, polyester, polyester and cotton, Olefin-coated olefin yarn, and Thermoplastic Olefin. There are many PVC-free options for piping, conduits, flooring, carpet, wall protection systems, windows & doors, backings, and window treatments
Additional Regulatory Information
Several bans are currently under consideration in the EU. In NYC - PVC piping is not permitted in any buildings other than one and two family homes.
Does it Correspond With Any Green Building Credits?Living Building Challenge (1.2) - Prerequisite 5;
How is it Categorized?
What is it’s Origin?
Polyvinyl Chloride was first discovered in the 19th century, but in 1926, Waldo Semon developed a method to plasticize PVC that resulted in a more flexible and easily processed material. Phthalates is a plasticizer used mostly in the production of flexible PVC products. Today PVC is by far the most common chlorine based material in the world.
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