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uPVC Initiatives Align with LETI Design Guide Actions

Following the launch of Climate Emergency Design Guide from the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI), REHAU is highlighting the ongoing initiatives in uPVC technology that will effectively contribute to a number of the guide’s action points.
With a clear sustainability agenda at its core, Rehau has created a business that develops energy-efficient solutions with minimal environmental impact, demonstrated via robust lifecycle assessments and investment into a subsidiary window recycling company.
Martin Hitchin, Chief Executive, comments: “The LETI’s call to action to design climate-friendly buildings is one we have taken seriously for many years. We are a polymer business and passionately believe in the value this material brings to the built environment. And, while the media attention commanded by the world’s single-use plastic crisis is certainly warranted, it is imperative that we continue to make the distinction between components used in our daily lives versus those integral to the foundations of our built environment.
“We have always taken lifecycle assessments seriously and as a result our environmental impact is proportionately lower than that of raw materials. This is due to high energy costs demanded for production and extraction of raw materials, as well as logistical considerations relating to transport and fuel costs.
“For example, while the merits of uPVC windows have long been acknowledged, the circular economy of such products is also crucial in the context of climate change. This is why we have implemented a closed material cycle, conserved natural resources and reduced CO2 emissions, with the percentage of profiles produced using recycled material rising from 25% to over 40% since 2014, and set to increase to 50% next year.
“In summary, we at Rehau are committed to relieving the burden on our environment, and thoroughly agree with the message sent by the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide. It is important that developers, landowners, designers, policymakers, and the wider supply chain are fully aware of the value that uPVC can bring when applied responsibly.”
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