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DRAINAGE & PLUMBING; FINANCE & INSURANCE 39


performance, which has seen it become the preferred material choice for today’s building projects.


Polybutylene has excellent resistance to freezing temperatures, which helps it to maintain durability in heating and water applications. This means that in the rare instance that water freezes within the pipe, the risk of a burst is greatly reduced. One further advantage is the high corrosion resistance of plastic piping, meaning that the use of hard or soft water, depending on your location, will not cause a long-term issue.


helps to improve health and safety conditions for contractors. Once the below ground system is installed, the resulting housing units will benefit from the huge variety of above ground drainage options plastic piping can provide. Whether in an individual house unit, or in a high rise building project, the advantage of plastic plumbing is that its use can ensure the development can continue at speed. For hot, cold and heating applications, plastic plumbing is incredibly versatile. Almost all eventualities of a building design can be accommodated using plastic


piping, offering longer pipe lengths and coils with trusted fittings technology that reduce the need for more complex jointing techniques and hot works associated with traditional materials such as copper. With the construction sector bracing itself for a skills shortage over the coming years, plastic-based solutions will be invaluable to ensure a smaller workforce can keep a project on track.


Polybutylene pipe provides users with many benefits, and greater flexibility. It is ideal for most domestic hot and cold water plumbing and heating systems, offering exceptional durability and long-term


As more people want to move to major towns and the Government continues to push developers to find solutions to use brownfield sites more regularly, supply chain manufacturers will continue to promote time saving, cost saving systems that can make life onsite easier for contractors. Ensuring that a drainage system is correctly installed on site is one of the key components of getting a brownfield site development off the ground. Using materials such as plastic offers greater flexibility and adaptability to conditions on the ground, without the risk of product and system failure.


Richard Eddy is below ground drainage product manager at Polypipe.


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