Plastic pipes are contributing more and more in improving people's long term well being and the quality of life.
Expectations for improved health demand that sanitary installations in the living environment provide the most hygienic and efficient solutions. Likewise, people desire to live and work in the most comfortable surroundings - with well regulated temperatures from efficient heating and cooling systems.
The preference for plastics has become the trend - for new build and for renovation - promoted by the inherent benefits of plastic. Speculation and rollercoaster price movement in the metal market have further fuelled the change towards a more reliable and dependable future.
Plastic pipes deliver the energy so we can prepare our food, the water to satisfy our thirst, the warmth for heating and the electronic signals that enrich and shape our communicative lives. They may be concealed behind walls, under floorboards or within roofs - yet the scope of application has become extremely varied..
This variety has come about because each system has been specially designed for its particular application. No other pipe material can offer such versatility and no other material probably ever will in the future. One has only to think of their most recent contribution to geothermal heating systems to appreciate their capacity for providing innovative solutions for the building and construction world.
Because plastic pipes are lightweight, lower energy is required in transporting and handling. Such efficiencies coupled with flexibility, ease and speed of installation have made plastic pipes the material of choice in the building and plumbing industries. With urbanisation and the emergence of high rise residential and commercial property, their contribution to building design and construction is immense..
Sound insulation is another real tangible advantage. Low noise plastic pipes systems have rapidly replaced the now almost historical incidence of knocking metal pipes and swirling Soil & Waste systems.
Unlike non plastic pipe materials, plastic pipes are not subject to corrosion, and offer excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals. They can deal with the most aggressive household substances.
Correctly installed, plastic pipes require little or no maintenance: in normal use, they do not rust, pit or scale. Their smooth non-porous bore guards against stubborn blockages on the inner pipe wall. Plastic pipe systems typically incorporate high performance fittings and joints. The total system is designed to meet specified long term performance requirements, ensuring complete integrity and leak free operation.
This durability has not escaped the attention of experts in the field of hygiene. Technical institutes and government legislators have long since recognised the important benefits of plastic pipe systems.
Given the quality contribution of plastic pipes to building design, it is no wonder that plastic pipes are the preferred choice in the trend towards prefabricated accommodation, sometimes referred to as volumetrics. Complete bathrooms, hotel rooms and hospital wards can be rapidly prefabricated. The quality assembly of this building construction is tightly controlled.
These benefits are continuously being enhanced through innovative work to develop new and improved applications. Even at the end of their life cycle, plastic pipes contribute to a sustainable lifecycle. Various options for recovery and recycling are available and widely used.