Plastics are not as bad as you think
Not all plastics are the same
We will be delving into some of the sustainability benefits below
What do the professionals say?
The process by which copper is mined, refined, transformed into end products and then used — such as pipe — is very energy-intensive, using a great deal of non-renewable energy during its lifetime. And, copper piping systems can have a much shorter lifespan compared with PEX because of the corrosion and pinhole leaks that can happen with harsh water systems.
Long Term Strategy
So how can a plastic product like PEX, which is derived from non-renewable energy sources be good for the environment?. Well if we consider the fact that these energy sources will be used to produce pipe, which can last for many years instead of fuel which only has a one time application i.e it will be burnt across a car journey.
And, PEX piping systems — whether for plumbing or underfloor heating— are all sustainable solutions in their own right. A flexible PEX plumbing system, for example, can bend around corners with each change of direction, instead of having to add a connection. What’s more, Uponor offer PEX pipes in a range of different quantities to assist you with the demand planning process.
Additionally, PEX offers better thermal conductivity and a thicker wall to keep water warm and is resistant to condensation – often a problem with PEX pipes.
We hope this article helps you make the right choice and if you would like to find out more about PEX, please click this link.