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Uponor Flexible Plumbing Makes Historic Retrofit Possible

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 2, 2014 7:27:49 AM

A MASSIVE RENOVATION of the old Portland Press building in Portland, Maine, is underway. I took a tour last week through the building to chronicle its sustainability efforts. Like many buildings erected in the 1920s, it was built with vast amounts of concrete, framed with huge steel i-beams. According to project manager Alyssa Parker, crews have faced some daunting work drilling through that concrete, to make way for a completely new plumbing system. One smart move was to specify PEX-a-Pipe tubing from Uponor. Not only is the stuff color coded, it's also forgiving, and this particular brand of PEX is one of the most flexible. It forgives and bends easily around ancient beams and mechanicals.

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Plumbing System Sustainability: How to Save 40% On Energy and Water

Posted by GBM Research

Aug 23, 2012 9:53:00 AM

By Stacy Hunt

BEFORE I BEGIN, I HAVE A CONFESSION to make. I’m an energy bigot.

Most of my work is in the energy and environmental construction industry, dealing with engineers, analysts, researchers and policy-makers. In my world, it’s as simple as this – sustainability in the house as a system starts with energy efficiency. Without proper consideration for energy efficiency, talking about other attributes of sustainability is worthless. No one wants to hear about the relative sustainability of rapidly renewable flooring versus old growth wood flooring when his or her house has more air leakage than the neighboring barn.

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PEX Plumbing: Flexible Retrofit

Posted by Matt Power

May 28, 2010 2:27:00 PM

With the ability to bend without special tools or heat, PEX tubing makes an ideal plumbing solution when it's time to repair or remodel. It can also connect easily to existing copper.

A COUPLE OF COPPER PIPES DEVELOPED A LEAK under my sink this week. To be fair, it wasn’t the PEX Plumbing copper that gave way, it was the old solder, put in 30 years or so ago. And it wasn’t a fast leak. I had time to react before much damage had occurred.

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