Energy & Environmental Performance
Vinyl products offer a number of energy and environmental benefits. The following benefits are organized according to principles advocated by certain green building organizations.
Reduced material use
Post-industrial recycled content
Building products that reduce heating and cooling loads
Products that contribute to a safe, healthy indoor environment
The tough, smooth surfaces of vinyl wallcoverings and flooring make cleaning easy, reducing opportunities for proliferation of dust mites, pet dander and other allergens that have been associated with asthma. While problems with mildew are sometimes attributed to vinyl wallcoverings, the primary cause of mildew actually is condensation from warm, humid air infiltrating the wall cavity. Because vinyl wallcoverings are fairly impermeable, in hot, humid weather they can trap moisture inside the wall cavity, where it condenses against the relatively cool inside surface of the wall.
- Manufacturers of vinyl wallcoverings have taken steps to address these concerns with innovations such as mildew-resistant wallcovering and adhesives and “microvented” wallcoverings, which allow moisture trapped behind a show surface to escape into the room.
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