fire protection mandated in most commercial buildings today,
buildings professionals continue to look for fire sprinkler
system solutions that are both cost-effective and easy to install.
They are discovering the advantages of CPVC fire sprinkler systems,
which offer proven performance in high-rise condominiums, hotels,
office buildings, healthcare facilities, dormitories, schools,
historical buildings, and single- and multi-family dwellings.
The trend toward installing CPVC fire sprinkler systems in light
hazard commercial buildings is due to the products ease
of installation and lasting performance.
The installation of CPVC fire sprinkler systems in new and retrofit
applications is faster and easier than metal systems, helping
meet project deadlines and cost efficiencies. For example, CPVC
fire sprinkler systems are easily retrofitted in hotels and
offer a higher occupancy rate over metal systems during installation.
In addition, CPVC systems ensure that the noise level and intrusiveness
are kept to a minimum. CPVC fire sprinkler installations in
new commercial construction install at a quicker pace than metal
systems, reducing delays in the project.
While changes in many traditional sprinkler installations may
delay construction due to off-site fabrication, CPVC pipes can
be cut on-site to exact measurements. And, CPVC systems
simple one-step joining system allows sprinkler contractors
to work side-by-side with other trades.
By eliminating shop fabrication and heavy equipment, CPVC fire
sprinkler systems allow a cleaner, quieter, and faster installation.
The sprinkler systems also weigh substantially less CPVC
pipe weighs approximately one-sixth the weight of steel (Schedule
Another benefit for buildings professionals who select CPVC
for their sprinkler installations is that the long-lasting system
offers reduced maintenance compared to metal systems. When properly
installed and maintained, CPVC fire sprinkler systems will not
leak or damage the appearance of the walls. Builders can point
to CPVCs over a 40-year track record of success in a variety
The secret of CPVCs success is the combined advantages
of fast installation, hydraulic superiority, corrosion resistance,
low flamespread, and low smoke emission levels that ensure long-term
reliability. CPVC offers superior flow characteristics for better
hydraulic design with a Hazen Williams C factor
of 150 and is designed to a 50-year life expectancy with a safety
factor of two. CPVC is corrosion resistant, eliminating any
scaling and corrosion problems. It also is immune to Microbiologically
Influenced Corrosion (MIC).
CPVC pipe and fittings are listed by Underwriters Laboratories
Inc., Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, and Loss Prevention
Council, and are Factory Mutual (FM) approved for light hazard
and residential occupancies. The pipe and fittings are accepted
for use in all three major model codes and meet National Fire
Protection Association NFPA 13, 13D, and 13R sprinkler standards.
CPVC systems are also certified by NSF International for use
with potable water and exceed ASTM standards.
Gary L. Johnson, BlazeMaster® fire sprinkler systems,
Cleveland, has been active in the fire sprinkler industry for
26 years, most of which has been as a fire sprinkler contractor.
Call 1-888-234-2436 or visit (www.blazemaster.com).