Frequently Asked Questions: Best Environmental Practice PVC (BEP) and Green Star Credit
What is the Best Environmental Practice (BEP) PVC scheme?
The BEP PVC scheme is a product verification system that recognizes PVC products meeting stringent criteria and guidelines for environmentally responsible manufacturing. It aims to help procurers, specifiers, and consumers identify PVC products manufactured with consideration for environmental and social impacts.
How does BEP PVC relate to Green Star credit?
BEP PVC is a recognized product certification scheme within the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Responsible Products Framework. It contributes to a building's Green Star certification by demonstrating that PVC products have met the environmental standards outlined by the GBCA.
What is the purpose of the Responsible Products Framework?
The Responsible Products Framework is an initiative by the GBCA to drive the supply chain towards delivering transparent, low-impact, and net-zero carbon products within a circular economy. It aims to promote responsible and sustainable building practices.
Which PVC products are eligible for BEP PVC recognition?
PVC pipes, cables, flooring, permanent formwork, and blinds are eligible for BEP PVC recognition if they have achieved third-party compliance certification under the BEP guidelines.
Are other accreditations sufficient for earning Green Star points?
Regardless of other accreditations they may have, all PVC products used in building projects need to demonstrate BEP accreditation to earn points towards Green Star certification and contribute to Responsible Product credits.
How can compliance with the Best Practice Guidelines for PVC be demonstrated?
Compliance with the Best Practice Guidelines for PVC can be demonstrated in two ways:
a) Audit verification certificate: Each PVC product specified or used in the project must have a valid certificate verifying compliance with the GBCA's Best Practice Guidelines for PVC. The certificate should include the product name, compliance details, date of validity, the name of the accredited auditor, and their signature. The auditor must be accredited by JAS-ANZ.
b) Product accreditation certificate: Alternatively, a product accreditation certificate from an accredited scheme of the Green Building Council of Australia can be provided. The certificate must specifically reference the guidelines mentioned in their standard.
How does BEP PVC contribute to Green Star certification points?
PVC products meeting the BEP guidelines for PVC contribute to achieving points under some Responsible Products credits within the GBCA's Green Star Buildings Tool. These points help project teams in their pursuit of Green Star certification.
Where can I find more information about PVC products in Green Star?
For more information about PVC products in Green Star and specific requirements, please refer to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) website.
Where can I find the Best Environmental Practice PVC guidelines?
The Best Environmental Practice PVC guidelines, version 2.0, can be found on the website of the Verification of Conformity Assessment (VCA) authority.
Are there any additional resources available to understand the Best Practice Guidelines for PVC?
Yes, the GBCA has developed additional resources to support compliance with the Best Practice Guidelines for PVC. These include the Literature Review and Best Practice Guidelines for the Life Cycle of PVC Building Products, Auditor Verification Guidance, Stakeholder Feedback Report Revised PVC Credit, and Background and Outcomes of the PVC Minimisation Credit Review.