VinylPlus® Product Label

The VinylPlus® Product Label is a sustainability certification scheme for PVC products in the building and construction sector. It was developed by VinylPlus in cooperation with BRE and The Natural Step. Its criteria combine elements of BRE’s Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products (BES 6001) and VinylPlus’ five sustainability challenges. 

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The VinylPlus® Product Label is a sustainability certification scheme for PVC products used in the building and construction sector. Developed by VinylPlus in cooperation with BRE and The Natural Step, it combines elements of BRE’s Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products (BES 6001) and VinylPlus’ five sustainability challenges.

By the end of 2020, 128 products and product systems manufactured by 11 companies in 19 European sites had been certified. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, all label holders have been recertified or applied for recertification. In addition, a PVC producer from eastern Europe was recognized as a legitimate PVC supplier for certified products, having been verified as compliant with the standards of the ECVM Charters.

 

In 2020 the Product Label scheme was recognized as a Responsible Sourcing Certification Scheme within BREEAM, the world’s most used green building standard. The Product Label has also been recognized in the new voluntary Sustainable Carpentry label launched by the Belgian Construction Certification Association for Belgian manufacturers of exterior carpentry.

The Product Label received a positive evaluation from the designated governmental body in Belgium for its compliance with the five criteria of article 43(1) of the EU Directive 2014/24/EU, which is a legal prerequisite for inclusion in public procurement specifications. The Label is now recommended to Belgian public purchasers in the Guide for Sustainable Purchases. Finally, the Label has been directly specified by architects for building projects in Germany.

Early in 2020, VinylPlus officially launched the VinylPlus® Supplier Certificate (VSC) for raw material suppliers that are partners of VinylPlus. The VSC is intended to give these suppliers the chance to demonstrate their sustainability performance and to help their converter customers shorten audit times and gain quicker access to the VinylPlus® Product Label.