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A PIPE RUNS THROUGH IT

Aquatherm provided extensive savings while also contributing indirectly to LEED points and delivering a robust system.

Location/Date
Big Fork, MT Spring 2014-Winter 2015

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Using Aquatherm instead of copper saved an estimated $100,000 in piping and installation costs.
  • Aquatherm’s heat fusion process eliminated the need for glue or solder on pipe joints.
  • Aquatherm Blue Pipe has natural insulating properties which can enhance the efficiency of cold systems like the glycol processes used to brew beer.

FOR THE LOVE OF BEER

Aquatherm’s corrosion-resistant qualities and 10-year warranty gave the owners peace of mind.

Location/Date
Nashville, TN Fall 2015

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Using Aquatherm instead of copper saved about $12,000 on upfront costs.
  • Aquatherm’s R-1 value per inch ensured the piping wouldn’t crack or break when used for the glycol system.
  • Aquatherm, with its heat-fusion technique, was easy even for the owners to install themselves.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA TAPS AQUATHERM TO SOLVE STEEL CHILLED-WATER PIPING FAILURE

A mechanical contractor was able to direct-bury Aquatherm polypropylene-random piping systems without insulation while eliminating any concerns of corrosion or deterioration.

Location/Date
Gainesville, FL Summer 2015

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm’s quick heat-fusion process enabled two installers to weld 11 individual 20-in. butt fusions in less than eight hours.
  • Aquatherm pipe was buried without insulation because it has a thermal conductivity k-factor of 0.15W/mK.
  • Perfect for environmentally conscious institutions, as direct-buried Aquatherm PP-R pipe will not leach into ground water.

ENGINEERING FIRM SELECTS, INSTALLS AQUATHERM PP-R PIPE FOR THERMAL-STORAGE SYSTEM

Getting trained and certified on Aquatherm pipe installation and doing the work themselves saved $85,000—while also meeting a tight timeline.

Location/Date
Maitland, FL Summer 2015

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Despite this being the OCI’s first Aquatherm installation, they didn’t have a single fusion weld fail.
  • The design team liked that Aquatherm Blue Pipe can be direct buried without extra insulation.
  • Aquatherm Blue Pipe won't corrode or weaken over time.

DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL CHOOSES AQUATHERM PIPE FOR SECOND PROJECT

Aquatherm North America fabricated some sections of the chilled-water piping system, saving installation time as well as labor costs.

Location/Date
Detroit, MI Spring 2015

Product
Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm was an easy choice because a previous successful piping project on campus features a leak-free Aquatherm Blue Pipe® system.
  • Aquatherm North America’s initial inventory of its new 4-in. SDR 17.6 Blue Pipe sold out quickly, so the company worked with the owner to find a comparable small-diameter Green Pipe that still would provide the needed volume.
  • The R-1 value per inch of the SDR 7.4 Green Pipe provides ongoing energy savings.

ARIZONA PUBLIC POWER UTILITY PICKS AQUATHERM PIPE FOR PILOT DATA-CENTER PROGRAM

A mechanical contractor used Aquatherm’s unique heat-fusion welding method to build a leak-free piping system and a McElroy DataLogger to ensure each connection was fused properly.

Location/Date
Tempe, AZ February 2015

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Ninety-six percent of the Aquatherm piping system was prefabricated, improving the contractor’s tight schedule.
  • Aquatherm’s Quick Check Estimator provided an estimate of the project’s total installed costs, showing how much the contractor could save on labor using Aquatherm vs. carbon steel.
  • Aquatherm's unique heat-fusion welding technique created a leak-free piping system.

FLORIDA ADMINISTRATION BUILDING FINDS FIX WITH AQUATHERM PIPING SYSTEM

The mechanical contractor chose Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) piping because its potential labor savings and natural insulation properties were greater than any offered by traditional materials.

Location/Date
St. Augustine, FL February 2015

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm piping’s potential labor savings and natural insulation properties were greater than any offered by traditional materials.
  • Aquatherm’s Quick Check Estimator helped the mechanical contractor calculate labor savings using Aquatherm vs. traditional materials pre-installation.
  • Aquatherm piping’s interior and exterior corrosion resistance staved off the negative effects of the aggressive local water.

ALABAMA BREWERY TAPS AQUATHERM FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN FOOD GRADE APPLICATION

Aquatherm Pipe was a perfect fit because it is an environmentally friendly pipe, with an NSF approval for use on food grade applications.

Location/Date
Birmingham, AL November 2014

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Ownership realized significant materials and labor cost savings by using PP-R instead of steel.
  • Aquatherm Pipe won’t corrode, scale, wear out or clog—even after years of use, and is ideal for direct bury applications.
  • Aquatherm Piping Systems are completely free of heavy metals and toxic chemicals, which means they won’t leach any trace chemicals.

AQUATHERM ENDS CORROSION NIGHTMARES AT TENNESSEE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Chemically inert Aquatherm’s light weight helped the project contractor install the PP-R piping system within a week.

Location/Date
Tennessee Fall 2014

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm’s light weight allowed workers to carry and lift 45-ft sections of pipe without rigging equipment.
  • Aquatherm is made of chemically stable, non-corroding polypropylene-random, which does not react with water or most dissolved chemicals.
  • Aquatherm’s quick heat-fusion welding process helped the mechanical contractor install the piping system in just one week.

RELIABILITY AND LONGEVITY EARN AQUATHERM PIPE PERMANENT RESIDENCE AT EMBASSY SUITES NASHVILLE AIRPORT

Aquatherm (Blue Pipe®) was used in 2008 and again selected (Green Pipe®) due to its stable prices and fast installations.

Location/Date
Nashville 2008 and 2013-2014

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Management liked the stable pricing and reduced risk of theft that Aquatherm Pipe offers.
  • Due to fast installations with Aquatherm Pipe, labor costs were minimized.
  • Aquatherm’s expansion resistance reduced concerns about bursting pipes during cold snaps.

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