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Materials Considerations for Plumbing Systems

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Materials Considerations for Plumbing Systems
May 10, 2023
10:00am – 11:00am
Approved for 1 AIA LU|HSW

Join AIA PA and partner Safe Piping Matters for this virtual continuing education event. This session will describe how the characteristics of materials used for drinking water, wastewater, and fire-suppression systems impact the health, safety, and sustainability of buildings.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 Presenter:
Paul Hagar serves as Executive Director of Safe Piping Matters. Prior to that, he worked at a major manufacturer of architectural products for two decades, becoming a passionate advocate for improving the sustainability and health of the built environment. Paul partners with organizations across the AEC industry to raise awareness of the role of piping in safe, high-performing buildings



May 10
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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AIA Pennsylvania