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Fine Homebuilding: PVC No More Harmful Than Its Altrernatives
Fine Homebuilding article summarizes a US Green Building Council study that showed PVC and vinyl products are not necessarily more hazardous, or less green, than some products used as alternatives.

GBA: Can House With Plastic Components Be Considered Green?
Green Building Advisor says when it comes to an environmental analysis, the bottom line on vinyl is uncertain.

GBA: Pro & Con On Vinyl Is Green & Vinyl Is Lethal
Green Building Advisor offers two articles with differing views on whether vinyl is green. Patrick Moore says Yes, Vinyl Is Green, and Bill Walsh says No, Vinyl Is Lethal.

Green Building Solutions: Resource Site On Sustainable Benefits Of Plastics
Green Building Solutions provides information on green & sustainable features including introduction to green construction, news, safety & security, resources, continuing education, and uses of plastics for foundations, electrical, plumbing, flooring, decking, fencing & railing, roofing, insulation, wall coverings, windows, siding, acoustics, doors, and finishing.

PPFA: Green & Sustainable Standard For Plastic Piping Components
Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association provides information on their Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program for Plastic Piping Components. It's purpose is to establish requirements for measuring both the existing environmental performance and to drive the continuous improvement thereof by manufacturers of plastic piping system components.

USGBC: Assessment Of PVC For LEED Credits
US Green Building Council study found that vinyl is no more poisonous to people, plants, and wildlife than some of its alternatives. (PDF)
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