The VinylPlus® Product Label has become the very first certification scheme dedicated to plastic building and construction products to be recognised as Responsible Sourcing Certification Scheme (RSCS) in both BREEAM® and Home Quality Mark® (HQM). Owned by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), BREEAM is the world’s most used sustainability assessment method for measuring the environmental, social and economic sustainability performance of buildings and HQM is a certification scheme which helps UK house builders to demonstrate the quality and sustainability performance of their new homes. Both schemes support responsible sourcing by rewarding projects that use products certified by a RSCS.
Thanks to BRE’s tough yet successful assessment of the VinylPlus® Product Label, users of PVC products that are certified with any versions of the VinylPlus scheme will be given enhanced sustainability recognition and allow them to increase the market value of their BREEAM- and HQM-certified assets. The VinylPlus certification scheme has been given a score level 4 by BRE. The next versions of the VinylPlus certification scheme will be designed to achieve a higher score. Further guidance on how responsible sourcing is promoted in BREEAM and HQM can be accessed here. Guidance Note 18 explains to the users of Vinyl Verified® products how they can earn extra credits.