Nov 03, 2006
Frank Jones believes that sustainable construction is one of the major challenges and therefore opportunities that currently face European pipe technology. As director of the Pipes Group for the British Plastics Federation, and vice president of TEPPFA his message is clear.
"The main arguments for promoting responsibility in the field of sustainable construction are well known:
- European regulation
- European certification
- European enlargement
- Best practice
- Reputational management
Reach is probably one of the most immediate strategic issues facing our industry. The fact that our manufacturing process is already highly controlled and measured with all the supply chain efficiencies that go with it, means that we shall adapt if necessary and benefit from the changes."
Standards are another area where Frank Jones is confident that sustainable construction will be important. He points to the latest draft standard in Structured Wall Pipes and the fact that minimum pass levels in the Water Industry Specification of WIS 4-35-01 which adopts recognised European test methods have been agreed with the UK Water Industry as being appropriate for sewer applications.
On the subject of recycling, Frank is more pragmatic. "By recycling, we are not only acting in a sustainable way but we are producing products that fit the sustainable construction agenda. The only problem is that our products perform too well and for too long in the ground. In the UK, last year we collected 800 tonnes of old pvc pipe for recycling. We recycle considerably more plastic pipe and fittings taken from in-house rework material. Both sources of waste are turned into useful sustainable pipe products. Moreover, our progress in achieving European targets is impressive and by 2010 we shall be recycling significant volumes."
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