Created for architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners, the 2024 edition of our specification guide offers straightforward comparisons and recommendations for plumbing systems.

Based on industry expertise, academic research, and real-world examples, it compares common piping materials used in building pipe systems, including ABS, CPVC, copper, cast iron, HDPE, PEX, & PVC. 

Key Issues

  • Material strengths & weaknesses
  • Fire safety & firestopping 
  • Health risks from leaching, toxicity & microplastics
  • Resilience to thermal, chemical & impact damage
  • Codes, standards & spec language