December 6, 2010
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Uponor AquaSAFE Makes It Easy to Meet Fire Sprinkler Mandates

In Booth #W1728 at the NAHB International Builders’ Show, in Orlando, Uponor will be showcasing its AquaSAFE fire safety system for builders in jurisdictions that need to meet a fire sprinkler mandate,

This cost-effective and multipurpose fire safety system combines with a home’s cold-water plumbing and provides several benefits for the builder, installer and home owner.

  • For builders, AquaSAFE provides a safe and reliable solution for incorporating fire sprinklers in a home. Proven with more than a decade of residential installations, the AquaSAFE system adds about 1.5% to 2% to the total cost of the home. Because the system incorporates the fire sprinklers with the cold-water plumbing, the trusted plumbing sub already on the job can often install both systems, eliminating scheduling hassles.

  • Installers can learn to install the system relatively quickly without the added cost of purchasing specialized tools because AquaSAFE uses the same tools, fittings and crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing as an Uponor plumbing system.

  • AquaSAFE provides the ultimate peace of mind to home owners. The system combines the plumbing with the fire sprinklers, assuring the home owner that fresh water is always available to the sprinklers each time a plumbing fixture is used. Also, the multipurpose AquaSAFE system eliminates the cost and hassles of annual maintenance, because it does not require check valves or backflow preventers. And the systems are incorporated into the plumbing lines, so they contain no antifreeze, eliminating the dangers and costs associated with antifreeze.

Uponor also offers a dedicated, trained staff of NICET III-certified fire sprinkler system designers to ensure a system meets all regulations and requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13D standard for residential sprinkler installations.

Uponor backs the system with a 25-year limited warranty on the PEX tubing and ProPEX fittings in the system.

Headquartered in Apple Valley, Minn., Uponor is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB.

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