Publications Center

This is a library of publications -- in PDF format -- produced by the Vinyl Institute and other organizations. We invite you to download this information and use it as a resource to answer any questions you may have regarding vinyl.

When Performance Counts PVC Pipe is the Choice
PVC far surpasses any other material used in piping applications. In the water distribution market it accounts for 66 percent of the market, and in sanitary sewer pipe applications, it accounts for 75 percent.

White Paper On Sustainability: A Report on the Green Building Movement
The Building Design & Construction editors published the following white paper on green building and unveiled it at the U.S. Green Building Council's 2003 Greenbuild Conference & Expo. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information

Fire and Polyvinyl Chloride
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) materials or products tend to have excellent fire performance properties. In particular, pure PVC will not burn once the source of heat or flame is removed.

Straight Talk
All buildings have environmental impacts involving use of land, energy, water and materials. Architects, designers and builders concerned about minimizing such impacts are looking more for "sustainable" building practices. Straight Talk reviews the basic facts on how vinyl contributes to sustainable building.

Environmental Profile: Vinyl Roofing Membranes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized certain vinyl roofing manufacturers as Charter Partners of the ENERGY STAR Roof Products Program for their commitment to continue to develop products that exceed current energy-efficiency criteria and to further the market's acceptance of these products.

Environmental Profile: Commercial Vinyl Flooring
A significant indoor air quality advantage of vinyl flooring and vinyl-backed carpet is that they are impervious to moisture, so spills will not penetrate surfaces where such moisture could lead to microbial growth.

The Building Team Delivers Value By Specifying PVC Pipe
In applications ranging from cold water delivery and landscape irrigation systems to drain, waste and vent (DWV) systems and sewage transport, PVC plays a vital role in providing dependable piping service. This advertorial originally appeared in the October 2003 issue of Building Design & Construction.

Mold – Cause, Effect and Response
The Wallcoverings Association (WA) and the Chemical Fabrics & Film Association (CFFA) offer this review of a variety of scientific, technical, and medical resources to answer questions and to educate readers about the complex and often controversial issues surrounding mold growth in homes and buildings, particularly with respect to wallcoverings.

A Clear View: Vinyl Windows and the Environment
It’s a simple goal in modern-day home life ... keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while keeping energy costs low. The excellent thermal properties of vinyl windows make that goal attainable. This brochure will take a look at vinyl window attributes and their relationship to environmental performance.

Environmental Profile: Vinyl Wallcovering
Since vinyl wallcoverings are so easy to clean, they make it easy to remove sources of known allergens, including dust and pet dander, thereby improving indoor air quality. Vinyl wallcoverings offer significant advantages over competing materials.