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The Role of Material in Pipe System Sizing

September 21, 2017
Sizing a water piping system for a commercial space requires consideration of a number of factors, including water pressure, friction losses, and number of fixtures. In addition, the pipe material itself plays a role. While CTS (copper tube size) PEX, CPVC, and copper all have the same outside diameters, the materials themselves require different wall thicknesses to meet standardized pressure ratings, with copper the thinnest, PEX the thickest, and CPVC in between. Therefore, for the Keep Reading »

Earning LEED Credits With Corzan Piping Systems

August 28, 2017
Though tucked behind the walls, piping system choices can play an important role in green buildings, from energy efficiency to water quality to resource conservation. For projects seeking LEED v4 BD+C certification, FlowGuard Gold and Corzan piping systems can contribute toward credits under several headings. • Materials & Resources: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, Environmental Product Disclosures (Option 1). Specifiers can earn 1 point for including at least 20 products from five different manufacturers with Keep Reading »

Introduction to CPVC

July 18, 2017
How often do you consider what’s behind the walls? When it comes to piping systems, out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind. Choosing the right plumbing material for your commercial project can influence installation times, water quality, and long-term performance. In most cases, CPVC is an ideal option, offering the right combination of reliability and efficiency. Here’s what you need to know about CPVC. What Is CPVC? Commercialized in 1958, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) Keep Reading »

Lubrizol Online Calculators Simplify Piping System Design and Installation

June 12, 2017
Lubrizol has launched a new Design Calculator Tool and an Expansion Loop Calculator. The tools, available online via desktop or mobile, use straightforward, easy-to-use interfaces to aid in the design and sizing of Corzan® and FlowGuard Gold® piping systems for water supply applications. The Design Calculator Tool is based on the Uniform Plumbing Code; the calculators are ideal for West Coast projects. To use the Design Calculator, piping system designers and engineers simply input the Keep Reading »

Case Study: Quieter Piping System Helps Meet Guest Expectations at Hilton Garden Inn

May 17, 2017
For the owner of the Hilton Garden Inn® franchise in Romulus, Mich., every detail involved in the construction of the hotel had to provide premium quality for its guests. According to Webb Meyers, director of construction and renovation for Cooper Companies, Memphis, Tenn., their goal was to build a premium business travel destination leveraging and maintaining the long-lasting reputation of the brand. Along with the visible benefits offered to each guest, there was an advantage that was Keep Reading »

Guidelines for Legionella Risk Management in Today’s Plumbing Systems

April 19, 2017
Water-saving strategies such as lower-flow fixtures have become a vital tool in the conservation movement and in green buildings. But like many advances, even positive changes such as water-use reduction can have unintended consequences. There is rising evidence that lower flows may contribute to the formation of biofilm that provides opportunity for bacteria growth. With water flow rates significantly lower than pre-conservation levels, water is staying in pipes longer. Longer residence times means opportunity for chlorine Keep Reading »

Chlorine Failures in PEX Pipe Plague Washington Home

March 28, 2017
In the summer of 2016, the Jackson family reached its wit’s end: Their home in Battle Ground, Wash., a little over 10 years old, experienced a third pipe leak in just a couple of years. The first failure appeared as a leak in the PEX piping under the dishwasher, which destroyed much of the kitchen and was trickling into the basement. The insurance company covered what would become a five-month renovation. New PEX pipe replaced Keep Reading »

Guidelines for Legionella Risk Management in Today’s Plumbing Systems

March 27, 2017
Water-saving strategies such as lower-flow fixtures have become a vital tool in the conservation movement and in green buildings. But like many advances, even positive changes such as water-use reduction can have unintended consequences. There is rising evidence that lower flows may contribute to the formation of biofilm that provides opportunity for bacteria growth. With water flow rates significantly lower than pre-conservation levels, water is staying in pipes longer. Longer residence times means opportunity for Keep Reading »

Florida Hospital Turns to Corzan Piping Systems for More Reliable Plumbing

March 26, 2017
When the new cardiovascular neurological services hospital opens in northern Florida in late 2017, it will include some of the most advanced healthcare and technologies, along with some of the industry’s most well-known practitioners. What won’t be visible are the high-tech materials behind the walls that ensure the facility provides safe, reliable water supply that is so essential to day-to-day operations and care. A mirror of a sister cancer treatment center next door, the new Keep Reading »
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