Sustainable green pipe now available in California

by schmidt on June 29, 2009 · 2 comments

in Water & Water Conservation

Here’s a product 411 from one of our readers, Gibran Farrah, of Sustainable Building Products.

“After being engineered in Germany and used throughout Europe for over 30 years, a completely sustainable plastic piping system for potable water use has finally hit California.

Made from recycled material, using less than 1/3 of the energy to produce and completely non-toxic, polypropylene piping systems is the most environmentally friendly pipe in the world.

Made in Germany by Aquatherm, polypipe is nothing new to the plumbing industry; what makes Aquatherm innovative is how it has engineered its polypropylene piping with glass.  The fiberglass composite layer embedded in the pipe reduces linear expansion by 75% while adding structural integrity and insulation.

Cheaper than metal pipes and stronger than CPVC or PEX are only some of the environmental benefits to using Polypropylene with glass over conventional piping systems.  Aquatherm is approved by Greenpeace and applies to 9 different LEED categories and is listed by UPC, UMC, NSF and IAPMO.”

If you would like to learn more about polyproylene pipe and how to incorporate this system in your green building design, feel free to contact the manufacturers Bay Area rep:

Gibran Farrah

Sustainable Building Products

Gibran@sustainableBP.com

415.826.2463

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1 ed 01.14.12 at 4:33 am

PPR products like aquatherm are yet another wonder plastic that fails! Biggest fans for this products are rodents they love to eat this. It turns to spaghetti when you experience hi temp spikesorfrequentpressuresurges. You have to earth it when burying it. You use twice as many mounting brackets to install it than a rigid pipe system. In cold climates its almost impossible to weld the thing. In Germany they have moved to annealed copper or stainless crimp fittings like Geberit mapress(Germany), Veiga (Germany) or York xpress(UK). In USA use Victaulic’s crimp system. Aquatherm you cant use the same pipe for hot & cold water,fire or hydronic system and it is not UV resistant in standard form.Copper and stainless have been used for 100 years and are made to a recognised US or British standard. PPR is used and now manufactured in eastern europe asia and africa It was designed for low cost plumbing market in 3rd world countries This product has stated a 50 year theortical life but reality is it has been around for 35yrs maybe less out in the market.”Greenpeace approved” since when is greenpeace recognised as a testing standard that your insurance company will aknowledge.The standard this product meets is very specific where it can be used because of it limitations. It states being recyclable but contractors are lazy by nature and they will dump it in with general waste to go to land fills. metal pipes and fittings have a scrap value so this will always be salvaged PPR gets you squat for scrap

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