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DECATUR, Ga — Safe Piping Matters announces the release of a one-hour webinar, “Material Considerations for Plumbing Systems.” The course is appropriate for architects, engineers, and plumbing industry professionals who want to know the latest research-based recommendations for piping materials such as copper, iron, PVC, CPVC, HDPE, and PEX.

The course examines how pipe used for water, drain/waste/vent, and fire-suppression systems impact the health, safety, and sustainability of buildings. It is based on issues and recommendations from the Plumbing Specification Guide that Safe Piping Matters recently published. The course is approved for continuing education from the American Institute of Architects, including health, safety, welfare (HSW) credits.

At the end of the course, participants will achieve several learning objectives, being able to:

  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of common materials used for drinking water and wastewater systems, including cast iron, (C)PVC, copper, HDPE, PEX, & steel, in contrast with failed piping materials such as lead and polybutylene plastic.
  • Describe sustainability issues and relative product lifecycles of piping materials starting from production, through use, and after demolition.
  • Give examples of fire risks and firestopping considerations that impact the health and safety of occupants and first responders.
  • Understand how material characteristics relate to other important health and safety factors such as leaching, permeation, and water age.

“Our first few sessions of this course have proven very successful. We are encouraged by the positive feedback and good discussion with building professionals,” said Paul Hagar, Executive Director of Safe Piping Matters. “We believe this course can help improve the safety and sustainability of pipe systems that run throughout homes and businesses,” he added.

Safe Piping Matters offers the course at no cost to participants. Interested parties can visit the SafePipingMatters.org website to schedule a session.

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