A project in Gothenburg, Sweden aiming to construct a new, sustainable building to house a ‘fossil-free’ preschool will install PVC pipes made from Biovyn, a renewably-sourced PVC material produced by Inovyn, in the building.
The pipes will be provided by Pipelife Sweden, who won the contract to supply the drainage and sanitation pipes for the project.
PVC has long been established as the “material of choice” for pipes. Pipes made from this material are safe, highly durable, offering service lives of over 100 years, sustainable and recyclable, which makes them perfect for an extensive variety of domestic and industrial applications including drinking water, irrigation, sanitisation, electric cable protection and fire sprinklers.
Developed by Gothenburg City, the Hope Project is bringing together sustainability experts, innovators, entrepreneurs and suppliers and incorporating numerous sustainable processes and materials into the construction to deliver a truly sustainable community building.
Biovyn is the world’s first commercially available renewable PVC. It is a specialist grade of PVC made from feedstock derived from wood-based residue from the forestry industry. It delivers a greenhouse gas saving of over 90% compared to conventionally produced PVC as certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), and therefore aligns with the key criteria set by Gothenburg City, which is to reduce its consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2050.
“To make the finished pipes, Biovyn is being combined with other recycled PVC material, “ explained Ove Söderberg, project manager for Pipelife Sweden. “This adds even more to the already strong sustainability credentials of this flagship project as an excellent example of PVC in the circular economy.”