09 Nov Why CPVC is Fire Safety’s Smart Alternative
When comparing materials for fire suppression, you are essentially asking two questions. One: ‘is this material better to work with?’ Two: ‘Is this material better at protecting buildings?’
Alternatives to traditional steel have to be able to answer these challenges. They must provide safer, more efficient working practices and more importantly, enhanced fire safety for building occupants. Can a plastic material achieve this?
BlazeMaster CPVC provides world-class fire protection to homes and businesses around the globe and has now arrived in the UAE. Its specially engineered thermoplastic material has exceptional heat, flame and smoke properties that allow for smarter building protection but also, faster, more efficient installations.
How is CPVC Faster to Install?
BlazeMaster CPVC is faster to install thanks to its cold installation process; all it takes is simple hand tools. Solvent cement can be used at room temperature and applied to BlazeMaster CPVC pipes and fittings to create a secure molecular bond within minutes. It is a stronger piping system than traditional heat welded joints, requiring less commitment in terms of hours and labour costs.
How is BlazeMaster CPVC Safer?
BlazeMaster CPVC does not require heat welding tools or any kind of electrical devices to install, especially when compared to steel. This cuts down the list of inventory required to complete a project and minimises risk of workplace injury such as electrocution or burns. It is also much lighter and easier to handle, even in large quantities.
Does CPVC Make Installation Easier?
Thanks to CPVC’s hydraulic capability, it can handle high pressures without fault and maintain high system performance when it is needed, even when extruded into smaller diameters. Installation therefore comes with better options for routing pipe throughout the property, making the most of discreet space for a cleaner, professional finish.
Is BlazeMaster CPVC Sustainable?
In a life cycle assessment comparing BlazeMaster CPVC with steel, 13 of the 14 environmental criteria saw BlazeMaster outperform steel. Its production cycle produces less embodied carbon and at the end, CPVC can be recycled into other useful products.
How Does BlazeMaster CPVC React to Fire?
The most important consideration is your pipe material’s performance when the worst should happen. BlazeMaster CPVC does not react in the same way as your typical plastic.
BlazeMaster CPVC has exceptionally high heat resistance and does not sustain a flame. Instead, a protective barrier of char is formed via a rapid crosslinking process within the pipe material itself. This means that the important job of rapid water distribution continues on the inside.
On the outside, unlike steel, heat is not conducted throughout the pipework and unlike other plastic materials, no burning droplets are formed.
To find out more about why BlazeMaster CPVC has become the most specified non-metallic fire suppression material worldwide, visit blazemaster.com/me.