10 Jan The Role of Advanced Piping Systems in Green Building
Much thought goes into constructing modern green buildings, from its building envelope, solar panels, daylighting, HVAC systems, and other high-profile areas. However, it is also important to look at the components that are out of sight, such as the piping systems.
Despite remaining largely hidden behind the walls and under the flooring, piping systems play a key role in a building’s daily operation and are integral to achieving its green design goals. As such, your piping of choice impacts several aspects of sustainability, including energy use, resource management, and occupant health. Read on to learn more about how advanced piping systems influence today’s commercial buildings regarding their overall environmental and human health footprint.
Advanced piping solutions like SS141 UPVC pipes that use sustainable materials generally produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and require less energy during manufacturing. Furthermore, since these materials are corrosion-proof, they can last much longer and reduce the need for replacements.
BCA-SGBC Green Mark Certification Scheme
The Green Mark certification scheme serves as a valuable green building rating system, evaluating a building’s environmental impact and performance. For instance, Vicplas’s pipes and pipe fittings have earned an impressive 4 Green Marks, solidifying their position as an industry leader in promoting sustainable design and construction practices.
This certification enables consumers to make informed choices by facilitating direct comparisons of products and their environmental attributes. It empowers project teams to select solutions that align precisely with their sustainability goals, fostering a greener approach in the construction industry.
Sustainable piping materials promote recycling and reuse at the end of their service life. For instance, UPVC is strengthened with the addition of impact modifiers during manufacturing, which makes it 6% stronger when recycled for the first time. This strengthening process continues the more it gets recycled, albeit at a smaller amount each time.
In the case of UPVC, recycling involves a straightforward process that removes non-UPVC materials, followed by shredding the pure UPVC into small granules or pellets. These pellets are then ready to go back to the start of the manufacturing process to be moulded into new UPVC products.
Environmental responsibility through green design should not just cover the components visible on the surface but also those tucked away and hidden from sight, such as the piping systems spanning the entire building. As a crucial part of any structure, these systems contribute to sustainability starting from their creation and well beyond their service life. Thus, it is important to only go for piping solutions made with green design in mind, such as Vicplas’s UPVC pipes and fittings.
At Vicplas, sustainability is at the forefront of our construction materials without sacrificing quality and reliability. As a renowned provider of cutting-edge and eco-friendly piping solutions trusted by businesses across Asia, our products offer dependable performance for various applications, including underground drainage, electrical installations, and hydroponic systems in Singapore. Feel free to contact us anytime to learn more about our product lineup.