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Why Thermoplastic Piping Systems?
*pdf file (250 KB)
This 2 page brochure describes 18 reasons why you next plumbing system should be engineered with thermoplastic piping.

Cost comparison report - plastic vs. metallic piping systems
*pdf file (754 KB)
This 2006 report compares the material cost and labor hours of installing various piping systems in a 12-story residential high rise structure and shows the significant savings of plastic piping systems.

Plumbing Apprentice Training Manual for Plastic Piping Systems
*pdf file (3.51 MB)
Essential discussions on the use and intallation of plastic piping materials and related topics.

PPFA Apprentice Training Manual in Spanish
*pdf file (1.77 MB)
NUEVO - Discusionesesencialessobre el uso y el intallation de materialesaflautadosplásticos y asuntosrelacionados en español.
NEW - Essential discussions on the use and intallation of plastic piping materials and related topics in Spanish.

Special Notice to Retailers: 3rd Party Certification
*pdf file (55 K B)

Firestopping: Plastic Pipe in Fire Resistive Contruction
*pdf file (899 KB)
Newest revision of PPFA Fire Manual includes information on fire tests, firestopping in three steps, frequently asked questions and more.

Plastic Pipe and Fire Monograph
*pdf file (2.1 MB)
By Joseph B. Zicherman, Ph.D. Review of development of technical applications and regulatory standards; impact of regulations and fire safety issues on plastic pipe use to date; future of plastic pipe applications in construction. Extensive bibliography.

No Copper on Jobsite Sign
*pdf file (705 KB)
This sign is free for use by builders to deter would be thieves from entering their jobsite to steal copper tube.

Peer Reviewed Plastic piping system Life Cycle Inventory
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Peer-Reviewed Life Cycle Inventory for the Production and Use of Installed Residential Piping Systems for Three House Layouts

Plastic Pipe: Empowering Green Building
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This chart from 2010 details where fourteen different green and sustainable plastic piping systems, such as radon venting and geothermal ground loops, are specifically mentioned in the dominant green building rating systems, standards and codes, the section the system is specified, and how many points may be available for a building or project using the system.

Green Building Technologies that Use Plastic Pipe and Tubing to Function
*pdf file (2,306 KB)
This report is a review of selected green building, resource and life conserving systems and technologies that use plastic pipe and tubing to function.

PPFA Green Talking Points
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The PPFA Green Talking Points document outlines some of the reasons why plastic piping systems are vital to green building.

PVC & CPVC: Delivering Clean Water for a Healthy Planet *pdf file (98 KB)
This 2 page brochure reviews what makes PVC and CPVC pipe and fittings a product of choice, especially for those involved in green and sustainable building.

Vital Systems Talking Points *pdf file (49KB) Talking points on plastic piping systems and general sustainability issues extracted from presentations

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ABS Plastic Pipe & Fittings Informational & Technical Guide
*pdf File (756 KB)
ABS Pipe: For Drain, Waste and Vent Applications. (17 pages)

ABS - The Brochure
*pdf file (762 k) This 4 page brochure reviews what makes ABS pipe and fittings a product of choice for DWV applications.

Specification Sheet: ABS Pipe and Fittings for DWV
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Specification data for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Plastic Pipe and Fittings for Drainage, Waste and Vent Systems. (4 pages)

ABS Green Brochure
*pdf file (2.38 MB)
This 2 page brochure describes the advantages of ABS piping systems in green and sustainable building.

ABS Myths vs. Facts Sheet
*pdf File (147 KB)
This one page sheet dispels myths and provides facts about ABS piping.

ABS Sustainable Choice
*pdf file (360 KB)
Describes the sustainable advantages of ABS piping systems drain-waste-vent systems.

CPVC Hot and Cold Water Piping Installation Handbook
*pdf File (95 KB)
This handbook is intended to provide basic information for the installation of CPVC (Chlorinated polyVinyl Chloride) piping for for hot and cold water distribution systems and is published for the benefit of installers, contractors, code officials, distributors, and home owners. (27 pages)

CPVC Plumbing Inspector's Checklist
*pdf File (73 KB)
Essential information on the installation of CPVC piping.

Specification Sheet: CPVC Pipe and Fittings for Water Distribution
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Specification data for Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) Plastic Pipe and Fittings for Hot and Cold Water Distribution Systems. (4 pages)

Why CPVC Plastic Piping Systems?
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This 2 page brochure reviews what makes CPVC pipe and fittings a product of choice, especially for those involved in green and sustainable building.

CPVC Pipe Is Recyclable Presentation
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This Powerpoint slide presentation shows how CPVC pipe scrap is currently recycled to make new pipe. CPVC, like most plastics used in pipe, is a thermoplastic and reprocessing is relatively easy.

CPVC Transition Presentation
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This PowerPoint slide show describes the issues and types of fittings used when transitions are made between CPVC and metal piping systems.

CPVC Myths vs. Facts Sheet
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This two page document dispels myths and provides facts about CPVC Piping Systems.

 

PVC Piping Systems: Helpful Tips for Avoiding Problems
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PVC Piping Systems, Helpful Tips for Avoiding Problems is a document intended to help users and installers understand installation errors that can result in system damage or failure, or help to make determinations as to why damage to a PVC piping system has occurred.

PVC Design Guide Presentation for Tutorial Use
*pps file (45.5 MB)
Learn about designing aboveground PVC piping systems at your own pace with the free downloading of the PPFA’s PowerPoint presentation of PVC Design Guide for Commercial and Industrial Applications. The 292 slide presentation includes the following sections: Introduction, Features and Benefits, Engineering and Design, Joining Methods, Installation, Testing and Repair, Applications, Building Codes/Standards and Specifications, PVC Piping and the Environment, Other Plastic Piping Systems and Appendices and Glossary.

PVC Design Guide
*pdf file (6.82 MB)
Most PVC pipe usage is for belowground installations; however there are dozens of aboveground piping applications in which PVC is an ideal material. This 216 page Guide covers most everything you want to know about PVC piping in easy to understand terminology including dozens of useful tables, over 130 photos and figures and has one of the most extensive Glossary and Chart Appendices in the industry. The audiences for the Guide are architects, specifying engineers, building and code officials, piping installers, architectural and engineering students, fluid handling product distributors and plastic piping product manufacturers.

Features & Benefits of PVC Piping Systems
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Narrated presentation explaing the features and benefits of PVC Piping Systems. Updated 2015.

Specifying PVC Pipe and Fittings in Commercial Plumbing Applications
*pdf File (4.68 MB) This brochure is intended to provide basic information regarding how to specify PVC pipe for commercial plumbing applications. (8 pages)

PVC Pipe is Recyclable Presentation
*pps file (952 KB)
This PowerPoint slide presentation shows how PVC pipe scrap is currently recycled to make new pipe. PVC, like most plastics used in pipe, is a thermoplastic and reprocessing is relatively easy.

Specification Sheet: PVC Pipe and Fittings for DWV
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Specification data for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic Pipe and Fittings for Drainage, Waste and Vent Systems. (4 pages)

Specification Sheet: PVC Pipe and Fittings for Water Service
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Specification data for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic Pipe and Fittings for Water Service. (3 pages)

PVC Fire Safety
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Plastic pipe and fire safety monograph. (41 pages)

Installing PE Pipe and Tubing in a Trench
*pdf File (1000 KB)
This PowerPoint slide presentation show how to install polyethylene water service pipe and tubing in a trench.

Specification Sheet: Polyethylene (PE) plastic pipe and fittings for water service
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Specification data for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pipe and Fittings for water service. (4 pages)

Polyethylene (PE) – An Environmentally Sound Piping Material
*pdf file (5.4 MB)
This 2 page brochure reviews what makes Polyethylene pipe and fittings a product of choice, especially for those involved in green and sustainable building.

PE Pipe is Recyclable Presentation
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This PowerPoint slide presentation shows how polyethylene pipe scrap is currently recycled to make new pipe. Polyethylene, like most plastics used in pipe, is a thermoplastic and reprocessing is relatively easy.

Polyethylene Water Service
*pdf File (271 KB)
This guide presents recommendations for the installation of polyethylene (PE) piping intended for underground water supply for residential, rural and light commercial installations.

PE4710
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This short presentation will explain the changes in the nomenclature of the new PE4710 polyethylene resins. (16 pages)

PE Myths vs. Facts Sheet
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This two page document dispels myths and provides facts about Polyethylene.

Design Guide: Residential PEX Water Supply Plumbing Systems
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This Design Guide provides the information and resources necessary to design and install cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) water supply systems in residential buildings. It includes comprehensive design concepts and installation guidelines to increase the acceptance and proper use of PEX. This document is targeted to meet the needs of home builders, designers, and trade contractors. Its purpose is to introduce potential users and to enable current users to optimize their PEX plumbing and minimize system costs. In addition, it will allow code inspectors and homeowners to become familiar with the applications, performance characteristics, and benefits of PEX water supply systems. PPFA's PEX installation guide is incorporated in this document.

Plumbing Inspector's Checklist for PEX Systems
*pdf file (266 KB)
Essential information on inspecting the installation of Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX), including Components, Joints & Connections, General Recommendations, and Testing.

PEX Pipe is Recyclable Presentation
*pps file (1509 KB)
This PowerPoint slide presentation shows how PEX pipe is currently recycled.

PEX Offers Environmentally Sound Solutions
*pdf file (5.2 MB)
Reviews what makes PEX pipe and fittings a product of choice, especially for those involved in green and sustainable building plumbing and heating systems.

Installation Handbook: Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Hot and Cold Water Distribution Systems
*pdf File (400 KB)
This manual contains information on the installation of Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) tubing for hot and cold water distribution systems in residential and light commercial installations using tubing up to 2" in diameter.

PPFA PEX vs. Copper
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PPFA PEX vs. Copper Comparison. (3 pages)

PEX Myths vs. Facts Sheet
*pdf File (229 KB)
This two page document dispels myths and provides facts about PEX.

PPFA Fire Sprinkler Brochure
*pdf File (70 KB)
PPFA Plastic Pipe Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems Brochure. (2 pages)

Fire Sprinkler Myths vs. Facts Sheet
*pdf File (177 KB)
This one page sheet dispels myths and provides facts about Fire Sprinkler Systems.

TIPS Workbook
*pdf file (13.0 MB)
The newly revised Thermoplastic Industrial Piping Systems Workbook (TIPS) is comprised of 89 fact filled pages and is complete with hundreds of pictures, tables, space for notes, and easy to understand information on thermoplastic industrial piping systems. The workbook sections include: History & Introduction / Features & Benefits / Engineering Design Considerations / Joining, Installation, Testing & Repairing Methods / Product Availability / Selecting the Proper Plastic Piping Material / Applications.

One Day Narrated Presentation
*wmv file (383 MB)
One Day Narrated Presentation - All TIPS/PPFA CDs are professionally made PowerPoint presentations created to augment the seminars and workbooks. The CDs include over 300 pictures and easy-to-understand tables.

Half Day Narrated Presentation
*wmv file (134,907 KB)
Half Day Narrated Presentation - All TIPS/PPFA CDs are professionally made PowerPoint presentations created to augment the seminars and workbooks. The CDs include over 300 pictures and easy-to-understand tables.

90 Minute Narrated Presentation
*wmv file (115,852 KB)
90 Minute Narrated Presentation - All TIPS/PPFA CDs are professionally made PowerPoint presentations created to augment the seminars and workbooks. The CDs include over 300 pictures and easy-to-understand tables.

TIPS Myths vs. Facts Sheet
*pdf file (179 KB)
This one page sheet dispels myths and provides facts about TIPS.

 

 

User Bulletin 1-14 Crush Strength and Flexibility of Thermoplastic Piping

User Bulletin 2-80 Hydrostatic Strengths and Suggested Pressure Ratings for CPVC 4120 at Various Temperatures

User Bulletin 3-96 Pressure Rating of PVC Plastic Piping for Water at Elevated Temperatures

User Bulletin 4-13 Air/Compressed Gas Test

User Bulletin 7-11 Noise in DWV Piping

User Bulletin 10-12 Thawing Thermoplastic Water Pipes

User Bulletin 11-14 Transition Between Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Schedule 40 (IPS) PVC or ABS Pipe

User Bulletin 12 Solvent Cements for Transition Joints

User Bulletin 14 Safe Use of Solvent Cements

User Bulletin 16-00
*pdf File (17 KB) Building Codes and Plastic Piping

User Bulletin 17 Provisions for Expansion and Contraction in Plastic DWV and Roof Drain Systems

User Bulletin 18-07 Use of CPVC Piping Systems with Tankless Water Heaters.

User Bulletin 19-12 Recommendations for Geothermal Ground Loop Piping Systems

User Bulletin 20-14 Provisions for Expansion and Contraction in Plastic Pressure Piping Systems