Plumbing Materials Impact the Environment

Environmental performance comes to mind in terms of considering the system which contributes to the high-performance home. And this actually leads builders to focus on building systems that are most commonly associated with environment and energy efficiency. So, for example, they are mostly associated with insulation and HVAC.

Nevertheless, the plumbing system influences various critical components of any home performance, which is very crucial for today’s home buyers. Moreover, these impacts can extend further to cover water quality, not only the environmental performance.

According to the research of Home Innovation Research Labs in 2013, they found three elements essential for homeowners when shopping for a new home.

  1. A healthy place to live
  2. Lower operating costs
  3. A contribution to the sustainable lifestyle

Another research on the homebuyers in 2015 conducted by Lubrizol shows that 49% of homebuyers can consider “minimal environmental impact,” which is very important when it comes to selecting plumbing piping systems.

So, builders should consider how the plumbing system can contribute to a healthy place to live. At the same time, how to satisfying their environmentally friendly customers.

  1. A healthy place to live

Generally, the plumbing system carries drinking water that consumes by families every day. Thus, it is crucial to ensure a healthy home plumbing system. In Michigan, the water crisis is the most important to understand because water contamination issues should not overlook.

Drinking water remains stagnant in our system as we move toward other water-efficient homes. And it can increase the risks of dangerous bacterial growth. For instance, one can suffer from legionella or Coli from water.

Copper and PEX materials have a higher risk of bacterial growth compared to the CPVC materials, according to multiple studies around the world.

However, in human life, plumbing systems can influence other health issues, including the life cycle and human health impacts. “When compared to PEX, CPVC materials demonstrate a 21% lower lifecycle human health, cancer toxicity and a 29% lower human health, non-cancer toxicity.”- according to the US Department of Commerce NIST BEES database.

CPVC outperforms PEX by 7-9% in 8 out of 9 traditional environmental categories, including Ecological Toxicity, Smog, Air Pollution, Fossil Fuel Depletion, and Global Warming Potential – according to another data research result from the BEES data.

  1. Lower operating costs

When considering environmental performance, most homeowners look to their bottom line rather than the plumbing system. Therefore, even environmental engineering has become one of the commonplace in the “payback period.” However, if you want to save some bucks, you can choose FlowGuard Gold Plumbing System material. This material costs a lower one-third of a copper and PEX system.

At the same time, when comparing it to the PEX system, the FlowGuard Gold CPVC system shows results in better operating costs.

CPVC systems demonstrated 5% less energy waste than PEX and 17% less energy waste than copper, according to research on plumbing systems in 2011 by Franklin Associates. Also, the same study shows that compared to the copper system, the CPVC system conserved 10-15% more water than the PEX system.

  1. A contribution to the sustainable lifestyle

Some homebuyers want additional assurance that the product they use will help them to lead a sustainable life since environmental performance is essential. That’s the reason the FlowGuard Gold team ensures environmental transparency, which includes plumbing pipes. And it was the industry’s first environmental-friendly plumbing pipe that demonstrated ecological performance.

Final Words

So, if you are thinking about building a new home or want to purchase a new one, then make sure to check the plumbing system is environmentally friendly. That’s because we consume water every day, which should be contamination free. Moreover, an environmentally-friendly plumbing system reduces the costs as well. Thus, you can also save some bucks.