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HPM April 2015

Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com PIPES,PUMPS,VALVES&FITTINGS Is it all about the right connections? Can push-fit technology be applied to larger domestic or commercial applications? Janette Henwood, Tectite product market manager at Pegler Yorkshire, explains why push methods can now be more widely applied... More installers are seeing the benefits of modern methods of installations on a light domestic level The success of a construction project whether domestic, multi-occupancy, commercial or public facilities, lies in the overall performance of the building. This encompasses many aspects, but none so as important as the effectiveness of its heat distribution. Consideration to this area is key to the building’s performance, its energy efficiency ratings and ultimately, user comfort. As a hugely important element of the fabric of the building, a plumbing and heating system will comprise many different components, which combined, play a massive role in optimising the overall building’s performance. In today’s systems, much more emphasis is placed on the differing components to work succinctly together, including newer technologies such as alternative heat sources and data capture and monitoring. ARE YOU A TRADITIONALIST OR A MODERN MASTER? The foundations of a plumbing and heating system, which lies in its pipes and fittings, can be built using a variety of techniques from traditional soldering or compression to more modern day methods such as push and press. Choice is primarily down to the installer who invariably relies on their training, experience, or the job requirements. Some choose a traditional soldered copper system which provides a reliable and durable option that can withstand extreme hot and cold WWW.HPMMAG.COM 86 APRIL 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY And, because modern installation methods do not have to work in isolation - push and press are highly complementary - installers have more flexibility on their project. CHANGING TIMES So as more installers see the benefits of modern methods of installations on a light domestic level, can the advantages of push-fit span the spectrum into larger domestic or even commercial applications? It would appear so thanks to the latest advancements made in push-fit technology. THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS Up until now, it seems issues such as aesthetics, ease of handling and the practicality of lagging pipes and fittings at larger sizes has been the main obstacles in installers choosing this method. Yet with manufacturers, such as Pegler Yorkshire, who continually push boundaries and offer alternative solutions, push-fit technology has now been applied to larger slim line fitting sizes opening up many more options for numerous applications. Because of continued development in the fittings market and ability to incorporate a number of components designed to optimise system performance, such as valves and controls, contractors and installers now have more choice when presented with larger domestic or commercial projects. temperatures and has lasted the test of time. Yet, its installation process can be time consuming and requires a hot works permit. On the other hand, more modern methods of jointing offer installers a number of distinct advantages, ranging from no heat requirements to reduced time on site. PUSH-FIT TECHNOLOGY As the most modern method, push-fit plastic jointing was originally adopted as a lightweight domestic solution used in conjunction with plastic pipe, and was never a natural choice for larger domestic or commercial jobs. But ever evolving as technology is, metal push-fit fittings are now that far advanced they are compatible with a number of pipe materials and can provide a variety of options for all types of applications. Not only is it the different tube options that are exciting installers, but also the other advantages that are ever present with this type of installation method. Namely time saving during the installation process, push-fit methods have been proven to be significantly faster, particularly when compared to traditional solder methods. Additionally and similar to that of the press-fit, there is no heat required to seal the joint, which means there is no need for a hot works permit, or the need to stay on site longer as a precautionary measure to safeguard against the risk of fire. enquiry number 162


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