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Using Vinyl as a Sustainable Product, with Energy Savings and Cost Savings

Vinyl’s extensive energy-saving, environmental and cost-saving design contributions to green building will be on display next week at the three-day Greenbuild international conference and expo in Chicago.

The event is expected to attract more than 18,000 builders, architects, designers, engineers and other building professionals and government officials to Chicago’s McCormick Place, November 7-9.

Expo attendees can learn how vinyl and recycled vinyl products help architects, specifiers and builders achieve green building goals at reasonable cost – from energy – saving reflective roofing and energy-saving vinyl windows to slip-resistant, fire and water resistant flooring made from recycled vinyl.

Vinyl Institute industry affairs director Judith Nordgren noted that one of the very first buildings to qualify for a LEED rating was the Utah Olympic Oval, whose five-acre white vinyl membrane roof kept the vast building cooler in the hottest weather, with huge energy savings.

“When it comes to sustainable building, vinyl is increasingly recognized as an important material,” Nordgren said. “At last year’s expo, there was a surge of interest in vinyl as not only a sustainable product, but in its significant energy-saving and cost-saving properties. Its exceptional flexibility also makes it a very attractive product for today’s architects and designers.”

Based on the momentum last year, vinyl product exhibitors are taking more space at this year’s show. The Vinyl Institute will exhibit in booth 431 to answer questions about the sustainability of vinyl and direct attendees to various manufacturers’ displays.

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