In late 2011 the Green Building Council South Africa completed a comprehensive credit review process for the Mat-7 PVC Minimisation credit.
The GBCSA Technical Steering Committee resolved to withdraw the credit after considering the outcomes of the credit review which involved stakeholder engagement through a PVC Expert Reference Panel and precedents set by other green building councils surrounding the treatment of PVC in green building rating tools. The withdrawal of the PVC Minimisation credit does not imply that PVC is or is not a “ green” building material, nor that the GBCSA has endorsed, or given “the green light” to PVC. Statements implying that the GBCSA has endorsed a material by its exclusion from the Green Star rating system are inaccurate and considered misleading.
For more detailed information, please download the GBCSA PVC Comminique.