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ILLINOIS’ OLDEST SCHOOL GOES FROM “H” TO “HVAC” WITH PP-R

Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe provided a safe, quick installation along with significant labor and material savings.

Location/Date
Peoria, IL

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The speed of fusion connections versus welding and soldering allowed the construction team to meet a very tight deadline.
  • Using Aquatherm for the domestic plumbing system saved the district $22,000, plus $28,000 related to pipe insulation.
  • Using Aquatherm to connect the heat pump system allowed the contractor to offer $30,000 in overall value engineering savings.

CLEAN, HEAT-FUSED AQUATHERM PIPE HELPS NEW BUSINESS GET UP AND BREWING

Aquatherm PP-R pipe has gained a reputation across North America as being ideal for glycol piping. Its clean, heat-fusion process requires no glue, and the pipe has an inherent R-value of 1 depending on pipe size and SDR.

Location/Date
Salt Lake City, UT Summer 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The contractor on this project estimated that Aquatherm pipe offered an installation time roughly one-third less than working with copper pipe.
  • The brewery owner appreciated Aquatherm pipe’s good looks and easy cleanability, and — since it was installed by Aquatherm-trained technicians — strong warranty.
  • Aquatherm PP-R pipe is joined using heat fusion, creating a system with virtually no leak paths.

EASE OF INSTALLATION AT COLLEGE MAKES EVERYONE A WINNER – ESPECIALLY THE CUSTOMER

The labor-saving aspects of Aquatherm Blue Pipe® allowed the contractor to finish the job ahead of schedule.

Location/Date
New Jersey Spring 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The lighter weight, ability to easily fabricate assemblies and ability to make pipe connections “in the air” presented considerable labor and cost savings over steel pipe.
  • The mechanical contractor offered the owner a corrosion-proof piping system with an anticipated service life of 60-plus years, with low operating and maintenance costs.
  • Aquatherm PP-R piping systems require no open-flame welding or solder, so no fire watch was required and work proceeded while the buildings were occupied.

PP-R PIPE, OFFSITE FABRICATION HELP MEAT PROCESSING PLANT BEEF UP ITS REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

Offsite fabrication services and the light weight of Aquatherm pipe allowed 436 spools to be fabricated and hung 25 to 30 ft above the floor.

Location/Date
Ohio September 2017 - January 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Much of the piping for this project was fabricated offsite and shipped to the jobsite, saving the contractor time and money.
  • The long service life of PP-R pipe, and the properties that prevent it from corroding, gave it an advantage over traditional carbon steel pipe.
  • The refrigeration piping contractor estimated it saved approximately 50 percent on labor by heat fusing Aquatherm pipe compared with welding steel pipe.

AN EXTRAORDINARY RETROFIT FOR THE STANDARD BUILDING

The Aquatherm piping system offered a clean, budget-conscious solution for the Standard Building, with a total material and cost savings of $250,000 compared to steel pipe

Location/Date
Cleveland, OH April 2016 – December 2017

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The Aquatherm piping system offered a clean, budget-conscious solution for the Standard Building, with a total material and cost savings of $250,000 compared to steel pipe.
  • Aquatherm’s lightweight pipe increased the productivity of the team of 20 installers.

AQUATHERM PROVES BEST CHOICE FOR INJECTION-MOLD PROCESS COOLING

The plant’s facility maintenance supervisor chose to replace the steel piping with Aquatherm Blue Pipe, which is completely non-corroding and will not break down, weaken, or scale.

Location/Date
Lawrence, KS Spring 2017

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Unlike the existing carbonsteel piping, Aquatherm PP-R piping systems won’t corrode, rust, or scale, eliminating future downtime caused by pipe corrosion
  • Because Aquatherm PP-R is so lightweight, the piping systems are easy to fabricate in advance and lift and heat-fuse onsite, even the project’s 16-in.-dia. pipe
  • An inherent low thermal conductivity makes insulating Aquatherm unnecessary in some indoor applications, saving on installation costs and creating a cleaner, more uniform installation

CRAFTSMEN’S SKILL WITH AQUATHERM ELEVATES NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

A skilled and experienced team delivered a long-lasting, dependable, and aesthetically pleasing piping system... that delivered delivered many other benefits.

Location/Date
Calgary, AB, Canada Spring 2017

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The lighter weight (and the ability to custom-fabricate offsite and transfer to the site) presented considerable labor and cost savings over steel pipe – an estimated savings of 50%.
  • The mechanical contractor appreciated being able to offer the owner a piping system with a service life of 60-plus years, low operating and maintenance costs, and a low likelihood of jobsite theft.
  • Unlike metal pipe, Aquatherm PP-R piping systems require no open-flame welding or solder, so no flame watch was required.

THE WISE MAN’S CHOICE FOR GLYCOL PIPING AT A NORTH CAROLINA BREWERY

After seeing first-hand that Aquatherm’s heat-fusion welding technique creates perfectly homogeneous joints without borders, seams, or bubbles, the brewery owner didn’t want to consider any other piping product.

Location/Date
Winston-Salem, NC January 2017

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm PP-R piping systems proved simple to install, even for first-timers.
  • A two-man crew laid more than 600 ft. of Aquatherm Blue Pipe in just a few days.
  • Recyclable Aquatherm piping installs cleaner and neater than most systems.

POLYPROPYLENE PRESSURE PIPING SYSTEM IMPROVES SERVER RELIABILITY

PP-R met all of the USU staff’s needs, with no leaks, easy expandability, and many other benefits.

Location/Date
Logan, UT

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • No welding fumes in the data center
  • No condensation on the chilled water lines thanks to PP-R’s natural insulation value
  • Saved significant floor space

NEW HYDRONIC HEATING SYSTEM WORTH THE EXTRA SCRATCH FOR ONTARIO CHICKEN FARMER

Piped entirely with Aquatherm PP-R piping, the new heating system is safer, cleaner, and more efficient than any the poultry farmer has ever used or seen.

Location/Date
Listowel, ON, Canada Fall 2016

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Unlike metal pipe, Aquatherm PP-R piping systems require no open-flame welding or solder.
  • A two-person crew installed the entire system in less than a week, using safe and efficient heat fusion to create nearly 200 connections.
  • With 2,000 ft of pipe to suspend, the project would have been extremely difficult to install had metal pipe been used rather than lightweight Aquatherm PP-R piping systems.

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