The latest print editions of the German magazines STARKE SEITEN and BLITZ-INFO are published by the end of October. STARKE SEITEN provides its over 26,000 recipients, namely representatives from the PVC industry and decision-makers, with information concerning the use of PVC in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. These groups of decision-makers include architects, the construction departments of cities, housing construction companies and universities. BLITZ-INFO is sent to more than 6000 environmental decision-makers in public authorities, companies and institutions.

Alongside these classic print editions, digital versions of both publications are also available at the PVC PARTNER app for smartphones and tablets using the operating systems iOS (Apple) and Android (Google). You’re welcome to download PDF versions of both publications from the AGPU and AGPU Media websites.

Apple App-Store: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/pvc-partner-kommunikation/id588969815

Google App-Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pressmatrix.pvc

The programme for the next joint „PVC and the Environment“ workshop, which will be hosted by AGPU and PlasticsEurope Germany in the German city of Bonn on 13th January 2015, has now been finalised and we are looking forward to yet again welcoming a number of top-quality speakers giving presentations on highly topical issues at this year’s event. Come and make the most of the opportunity to get up to speed on the current situation of PVC and the analysis of material flows of plastics and PVC in Germany by listening to our speakers‘ reports. The German Association for Manufacturers of Flexible Flooring (FEB) will also present itself at the workshop, where other speakers will focus on the topic of plasticisers in indoor air and in biomonitoring. The event programme will be rounded off by presentations on the difference between risks and dangers, the current status of waste legislation and environmental product declarations.

If you are interested in participation, please send us an e-mail to iris.pohl@agpu.com for further details.

Two weeks ago, the „Visiting Friends: Architects Meet Processors“ series of events came to an end after welcoming an overall total of more than 120 participants. After the two successful evening events in Berlin and Münster, the last dialogue event and exchange of experiences on the use of PVC in the field of construction for the time being was held at the office premises of Prof. Berktold (yes architecture) in the German city of Munich. Alongside the AGPU Managing Director, Thomas Hülsmann, the architect Günter Katherl from the Austrian city of Vienna also provided participants, including a number of representatives from the city of Munich, with an insight into the topic. Katherl used his presentation to impressively demonstrate how well-known PVC products can be used in modern architecture and the benefits that they can provide.

At the end of last year and beginning of this year, two workshops for architects were held in Romania as part of the Soft PVC Communication Campaign run by AGPU Media. The diversity of the different properties of soft PVC was reflected in the extremely exciting creative approach to the material taken by the architects at the workshops. The results of the two events, some of which are truly astonishing, were presented in the offices of the workshop participants at a total of three evening events.

As recently reported by the German newspaper „Rheinische Post“, the German Federal Government plans to introduce a tax bonus for the renovation of buildings. According to the article, the Bundesregierung wants to provide more support for the renovation of residential buildings in order to meet the energy efficiency targets for 2030 set by the EU. Plans are now in place for the cabinet to approve the next „German National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency“ on 3rd December. The article reports that the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) want to use the plan to stipulate the provision of more direct state aid by the business development bank KfW and tax reliefs for private investors.

We very much welcome these plans. In fact, AGPU and a number of other associations have already been demanding the implementation of appropriate measures in order to meet these ambitious energy-saving targets for quite some time. Last year, for example, Axel Gedaschko, the President of the Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies (GDW), emphasised the importance of tax incentives for the implementation of the energy transition at the Prowindo Industry Gathering in Berlin. These demands to the world of politics were also repeated at the press conference held at the fensterbau/frontale specialist window, door and facade exhibition in the German city of Nuremberg and in the talk given by Andreas Hartleif, Chairman of the Board of the company VEKA AG, at the AGPU Colloquium.

„The Energy-Efficient Renovation of Buildings – Recognising Potential and Using Opportunities“ was the title of a joint event hosted by AGPU and VinylPlus three weeks ago  in the German city of Bottrop. The speakers at the event included the Project Manager Jan Schaare, who provided a detailed insight into the energy transition based on the example of the InnovationCity Ruhr / Model City Bottrop project at the start of the workshop, and Susann Bollmann from the „German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency“ (DENEFF), who presented a multitude of practical examples of energy-efficient building renovations whilst focusing on financing alternatives available alongside the use of KfW funding.

Another presentation that attracted a great deal of interest among the around 20 participants at the event was given by Volker Könnel (profine) and focused on the question of how modern PVC windows can contribute towards an optimal indoor climate. The active discussion among the participants from the fields of municipal property management, construction and architecture clearly demonstrated the importance of up-to-date information on developments taking place in the PVC industry, especially given that many people are still basing their opinions on superficial knowledge of the industry as it was 15 years ago.

AGPU is currently working on the production of detailed documentation for this series of events. One of these documents is a two-page-long technical paper that will be published in the environmental magazine „UMWELT MAGAZIN“ (from the publishing house Springer-VDI-Verlag) at the beginning of December.