IPEX Inc. announced it has received recognition from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors for its composite pipe systems for use in water distribution and service applications. The two organizations approved of these systems for inclusion on the National Standard Plumbing code.
Composite pipe combines the features and benefits of both plastic and metal in one pipe. IPEX, a leading producer of piping systems, pioneered its development with its KitecR in North America. Composites are now recognized in most states and across Canada, providing builders and plumbing contractors with a cost-competitive alternative to traditional plumbing systems, such as copper.
The chemical and corrosion-resistant plastic outer wall makes composite pipe ideally suited for concrete encasement and direct burial below grade. It also coils for easy handling and installation, and, compared to traditional plumbing systems, requires fewer fittings.
Trevor Johnston, business development manager for Kitec, called this critical backing from the associations a "groundbreaking development for the plumbing industry, in particular for builders and contractors."