AAMA members received a vinyl update during the annual meeting taking place this week.

Kevin Mulvaney, vice president of marketing and communications for the Vinyl Institute (VI), briefed members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) regarding the latest policies and issues surrounding the vinyl industry—including windows. The association continues to meet through tomorrow in Naples, Fla.

Mulvaney briefed member on the latest EPA actions regarding the PVC MACT rule. The EPA released its draft in the summer of 2011 and more than 500 comments were submitted from members of the vinyl industry.

The final rule was published on February 13, 2012 and Mulvaney said the VI is still going through the final document.

“We are cautiously optimistic that all our concerns were responded to,” Mulvaney said.

He does admit that it will have a significant impact on the manufacturing industry, but reminded members that “as an industry we have always had a record of constant improvement.”

To that end, he highlighted that while PVC production has increased dramatically the amount of emissions has gone down and “it is hard to argue with that …. Data like this is something to be proud of.”

Other VI initiatives include: “keeping an eye on the upcoming draft of LEED due in March, soliciting sustainability case studies, educating architects and educators and other programs.

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