A new study highlights the role of plastic pipe, tubing and fittings in green building technologies.
The report, Green Building Technologies that Use Plastic Pipe and Tubing to Function, was compiled by Sustainability Edge Solutions and is available through the Glen Ellyn-based Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association.
The study cites various advantages of plastic piping systems including durability and strength combined with chemical, weather and corrosion resistance; biological inertness; extensive testing and compliance with nationally accepted consensus standards; and material flexibility and light weight, which allow for greater design flexibility. The study also notes the systems' easy, fast and cost-efficient installation; ease of color coding and marking to identify safe acceptable uses; and cost-effectiveness in terms of manufacturing and transportation.
Applications covered include: gray-water reuse, rainwater harvesting, geothermal ground loops, higher-efficiency hot-water distribution, radiant heating, solar hot water, water-efficient irrigation, radon venting, decentralized waste-water treatment, central vacuum systems and residential fire sprinklers.
The study is available for free at plasticpiping.org.
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