Study: Plastic Piping Systems
Enhance Green Technology Performance
“Green Building Technologies that Use Plastic Pipe and Tubing to Function” highlights the advantages of plastic pipe, tube and fittings in the residential and commercial application of green building technologies. It provides information that can assist in the evaluation, selection, design and implementation of these technologies in new construction or remodeling of homes and buildings.
The study offers further assistance by targeting the information to the specific needs of installers, designers, green builders, homeowners and commercial building owners and managers. It details the use of piping systems and those situations where plastic is preferred over alternatives.
The primary advantages cited for plastic piping systems generally include:
The report contains a chapter on residential and commercial application of each of the following technologies: gray water reuse; rainwater harvesting; geothermal ground loops; higher-efficiency hot water distribution; radiant heating; solar hot water; water-efficient irrigation; radon venting; decentralized wastewater treatment; central vacuum systems; and residential fire sprinklers.
Plastic piping systems are increasingly being used in green building to take advantage of state and local governments offering incentives for green buildings in the form of tax credits (income and property tax, sales tax), fast-tracking building permit approvals, utility subsidies, grants and loans. Innovative financing mechanisms are increasingly being made available to assist with capital costs of installing green building technologies, especially when favorable projected operating cost savings can be demonstrated.
To download the study, go to www.ppfahome.org/Landing_Pages/Green_Building_Technologies_Report.html.