Product Detail

Country of origin

Product profile (uPVC frame) is manufactured in Turkey and glass units are manufactured in Melbourne.

Windows are fabricated in Melbourne.

 

ecospecifier Issues of Concern / Red Lights

Issue of Concern:

uPVC frame-

PVC is a contentious material with the manufacturing processes of some of its raw materials potentially causing persistent health and ecotoxicity issues. These impacts are subject to manufacturing controls and have not been determined for this product.

Please see Glossary for more information on PVC.

Minor issues:

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) -

Product contains titanium dioxide. This comment relates to in-factory OH&S only (titanium dioxide is bounded in the profile frame).

In 2006, the IARC reclassified titanium dioxide as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This issue of concern relates to the inhalation of powdered and ultra-fine titanium dioxide dust. Precautions for workers such as reducing exposure to product in dust form and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mitigate potential issues to low risk in accordance with an ecospecifier Risk Assessment. Refer to Material Safety Data Sheet for further information. This is not an issue in use as titanium dioxide is fully bounded in the profile frame.

Timber trim (optional) -

The wood fibre sourced for the timber reveal is not Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Various timber certification schemes are currently in operation in regards to the sustainable and responsible management of forests as sources of wood. According to ecospecifier, an analysis of the various timber certification schemes reveals that the FSC is the most rigorous and robust certification, due to the stringent criteria followed (e.g. FSC is the only scheme based on a clear set of minimum performance based criteria, prohibits the conversion of forests to plantations, and also prohibits the use of GMO trees and toxic baiting). See Timber Technical Guide for further information.

 

Information last verified on 29th September 2009

 

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

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