Hot and Cold Water
Hot and cold water systems have to be robust. They have to transport incoming water at pressure so that it flows from the tap - even in the highest buildings. Plastic pipe systems are the best choice for the hot and cold water supply within buildings, offering considerable advantages.
In the 1970's and 1980's, plastic pipes became a real alternative to metal pipes for in-house supply of hot and cold water. Over the last three decades, they have performed in continuous pressure service and gained an excellent reputation for long term reliability.
Plastic pipe systems offer the best possible solution for conveying valuable drinking water. They not only prevent water loss (leaking inside out) but also protect the water quality from potential pollution (leaking outside in). They offer a truly long-term solution. In addition to durability, their ease of installation and handling is well recognised by the building profession.
Plastic pipes do not corrode - and therefore offer longer lifetime and less risk for contamination of drinking water, whilst the flow rate is maintained.
Plastic pipes have a smooth bore - build-up of sediments and bio film is minimised and flow rate is maximised.
Plastic pipes are chemically inert - providing the best protection for water quality: no water loss, no pollution (from outside or inside). Technical tests have confirmed a 50 years lifetime with allowance for a big safety factor!
Plastic pipes have a tested hygienic performance -offering the best solution for healthy living.
Plastic pipes are produced in a variety of rigid or flexible designs to satisfy all demands in installation. The range of jointing solutions is wide to allow for different conditions of installation, media, temperatures, pressures and even vibrations. For the building industry, the performance does not end there. Continuous innovation is leading the way for constant improvements in speed, quality and ease of installation.
A wide range of plastic materials is available to ensure the optimum installation and performance characteristics can be achieved in any specific situation. Materials include PEX, PE-RT, and PB. Combinations of these materials and also multilayer composite pipes are increasingly used for hot and cold-water applications.
Heating and Cooling
Plastic pipe systems are ideal for floor heating, radiator connections and other heating and cooling applications.
An increasing variety of heating and cooling installations allow people to live and work in a comfortable temperature, irrespective of weather and climate conditions. Plastic pipes play a central role in many of these heating and cooling applications.
Floor heating systems are becoming increasingly popular. They save energy and even permit lower room temperatures while maintaining - or typically increasing - the comfort level.
Plastic pipes are flexible - making underfloor heating possible! Low temperatures and increased comfort level, combined with energy saving ( ref. energy performance building EN directive) and lack of joints; The ideal solution, explaining why plastics command around 95% of hydronic underfloor heating systems.
Low thermal conductivity - reduces or eliminates the need for pipe insulation. In interior applications such as central heating pipework, plastic pipes significantly reduce the riskof burning/scalding from accidental skin contact; A real benefit for elderly people or very young children!.
Environmental performance of a building - Offering maximum efficiency when used for geothermal solutions, solar & heat pumps, ventilation systems, heat recovering, etc.
Super cooling -Innovative technology has led to excellent performance in ceiling cooling thanks to plastic pipes. The effect is perceived as more comfortable than air conditioning due to non-localised climate control and lack of noise, whilst saving energy.
PEX, PE-RT and Multilayer pipes are the most common pipes for cooling and heating applications. Plastic pipes are designed to accommodate the wide range of temperatures and pressures encountered, and are therefore ideal for these types of installation.
Soil & Waste Systems
Soil & Waste plastic pipe systems are the real alternative to heavy metal pipes. Their advantages have made them the common choice in most markets. The alternative material is cast iron, which is rapidly losing its market share in the building sector.
Noise insulation -Material innovations allow high performance in noise insulation leading to more comfortable living.
Light weight - easy to install, with ease of handling and reduced installation times.
No corrosion - with no incrustation and optimum water flow.
Chemical resistance - offering good resistance to most household chemicals. Certain plastic pipes can also deal with aggressive industrial chemicals.
Smooth bore - means good flow characteristics are assured. For pipes that are laid to a gradient, self-cleansing velocity is easier to achieve.
Abrasion resistant - the material toughness and the smooth inner bore of the pipe provide excellent resistance to any abrasive materials they may transport.
The most common materials for Soil & Waste are PP and PE. A wide range of push-fit sockets or welded systems is available for ease of installation. A wide range of dimensions is available and a comprehensive choice of fittings.