I have recently finished reading the April edition of Building Today magazine. You have asked for feedback on products.
I have an issue with the use of uPVC products regarding the manufacture and the disposal of the product at the end of its use.
I believe there is a release into the atmosphere of toxic chemicals with its manufacture, and the disposal is expensive. It’s not something that I would recommend unless I was shown that this is not the case.
Quantity Surveyor, David Magill Builders Ltd, Christchurch
• Thanks for your feedback Howard. Opponents of the product say that the disposal of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic threatens public health and the environment.
Although problematic throughout its lifecycle — from production through to final use — the discarding of PVC as waste poses perpetual hazards.
PVC is widely used in plastic pipes, building materials (eg, vinyl siding, windows), consumer products, disposable packaging and many everyday products.
For more information visit www.healthybuilding.net/pvc/pvc_disposal_report.html.
Building Today will post this topic for discussion on its web site Forum when we go live later in May with our revamped web site: www.buildingtoday.co.nz — Editor.