Epwin Reinforces its ‘Green’ Credentials at Eco-build

Published: 11th November 2007

Epwin Reinforces its ‘Green’ Credentials at Eco-build

The Epwin Group, the specialist low maintenance building materials group, will unveil its new recycled composite material (RCM) reinforcement at Eco-Build this coming February.

Replacing steel or aluminium reinforcements in the manufacturing process, the RCM reinforcement has been introduced to all PVC-U window and door ranges from the Epwin Group.

Manufactured from old first generation post-consumer PVC-U windows, the material closes the loop on the recycling process and is the only product of its type to secure approval by the Government backed Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in their guide to recycled content in construction products.

Jim Rawson, chairman, the Epwin Group said: “RCM not only brings waste material back into use but by replacing steel and aluminium sections in the window construction process it delivers a wide range of benefits.

“Far less conductive than traditional steel or aluminium reinforcements, RCM is much more energy efficient, forming an integral part of our next generation of advanced performance product ranges.

“In short, we are not merely paying lip service to our environmental responsibilities but acting on them to drive forward technical development throughout our business to ensure that we deliver the most sustainable and high performance products to our customers.”

Alongside RCM reinforcements, the Epwin Group has also introduced recycled content across its window, door, cavity closer, cladding and rainwater ranges. This activity is underpinned by major investment in the Group’s recycling operation Dekura which is able to offer a post-consumer waste recycling facility to the industry.

Unique in the UK Dekura has the capacity to recycle not simply factory off cuts but ‘old’ first generation PVC-U windows and doors that have reached the end of their natural lifecycle and which are now being replaced with more energy efficient and aesthetically stronger products.

Jim added: “We’re delivering a new generation of advanced performance products that are making homes warmer, more secure and energy efficient.

“We see cutting the amount of waste material going to landfill and in so doing making our products more sustainable, a fundamental part of this process.”

For more information on sustainable and energy efficient products from the Epwin Group come and see us at stand E514 Eco-build at Earls Court London from February 26 to 28.

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