Swish’s Sustainable Rainwater products contain up to 84% recycled content – a combination of old windows and guttering systems – which can save up to 70% in CO2 output during the production process.
The products are two-tone; the recycled material is grey and is co-extruded with an outer skin of virgin material, which avoids the use of additional colouring agents. Co-extrusion improves the aesthetics of the product and allows installers to achieve a colour match.
Tom Jarman, environmental sustainability coordinator, property services for YHN, comments: We are very happy with the Swish products and have recently started using the Sustainable Rainwater range which contains a high percentage of recycled content.
In using this particular range of products we are able to fulfil our environmental commitments. Also we are now starting to replace older PVC-U products so in buying rainwater goods with recycled content we are helping to ‘close the loop’ when the waste items are taken away.
The use of the Gateshead-based collection depot meant that the product choice also supported local employment, an important factor in meeting the ALMO’s social responsibilities.
YHN reached Decent Homes Standard in 2012 so now all its work is lifecycle replacement. The roofline and rainwater products are being installed in conjunction with its rolling re-roofing programme, replacing timber and asbestos cement products.
The reason behind the replacement was maintenance. We wanted to cut right back on the level of painting required; in doing so we would not only withdraw the cost from the maintenance programme but also reduce the overheads associated with it, scaffolding for example. Swish’s PVC-U products have allowed us to achieve this.
Swish roofline and rainwater products have been fitted on 300 YHN homes with a further 230 currently underway. The refurbishment of 300 more homes is planned for the remainder of 2015 as part of an ongoing schedule of works.
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