A construction’s nature and idea are known by their access paths and other nodes of the building, thereby making aesthetics and capabilities awfully essential. Many building materials like wood, fiberglass, Steel, Aluminium, uPVC, Glass doors, Iron and hollow core doors are prevalent in the market for making a structure yet uPVC material is widely preferred for its unique properties.
UPVC is unplasticized poly (vinyl chloride), without any added plasticizing agent. They are free of lead (Pb) and other hazardous substances. UPVC is harder than PVC due to absence of plasticizer.
According to “Building Design+ Construction” survey in 2011, top factors influencing doors & window system choices are energy / thermal performance, durability / reliability, weather resistance, aesthetics and performance; making uPVC a natural choice for eco-friendly constructions having aesthetics maintained.
The India Brand Equity Foundation mentions that Indian real estate industry is expected to reach UDS 180 million by 2020. This incredible growth in real estate logically spurts the construction industry too stimulating adverse issues related to environment and sustainability. Besides, it is learnt that the construction sector of India emits about 22% of total emission of CO2 which is harmful for the environment. As a result, government initiated eco-friendly constructions under “Energy Conservation of Building Code” which is another driving force for uPVC industry.
Benefits of uPVC :-
The Indian window and door (all types of materials) market was learnt to be around INR 13,000 crore in year 2013-14 and the market share of uPVC windows and door profiles contributed to 6-7 per cent. As per one of the reports by Ken Research, Indian window and door market is expected to reach over INR 15,000 crore revenues by FY-2020 and out of that, the uPVC segment is expected to contribute at around 8-10 per cent approx. i.e. 1500 crore. This is because of the increased awareness among builders and consumers on the benefits of uPVC.
UPVC window frames do not require much maintenance and can be actually cleaned simply with detergent water. While other material windows like wooden is prone to termites and steel requires regular conditioning. For building exteriors too UPVC materials require little effort to maintain. Also, uPVC has highest durability upto 25 yrs or above while other materials life is maximum 10-12 yrs. uPVC is also UV stabilized which leads to this material being weather resistant and thermally efficient.
The non-conductor property of uPVC keeps indoor temperature consistent unlike other materials, resulting in lower energy consumption. Double-glazing and uPVC frames are known to make high energy efficient windows. Acoustic insulation too is maintained intact with uPVC as they could cut down noise by more than 50%.
Also, uPVC profiles are designed as per Indian tropical conditions and are extruded and tested.
The Eco-friendly nature of uPVC encourages reliability and sustainable future as these materials are recyclable either during its lifecycle or towards end of its lifecycle, for future production. Even the waste generated during the uPVC manufacturing process can be reprocessed.