Why are plumbing, piping and pumps essential in a nonresidential building?
Plumbing, piping and pumps are essential in any nonresidential building. Whether it’s for water movement, for fire protection sprinklers or for HVAC systems, plumbing is key in any building type. Mechanical and plumbing engineers must keep up on the latest codes and standards and technologies to best understand how to specify products and systems into buildings.
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Choosing the right pipe system and design is essential to ensure excellence in mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and beyond
NFPA 13-2016 is applicable to all sprinkler system designs and installations, with the exception of sprinkler systems in low-rise residential buildings and one- and two-family dwellings and manufactured homes.
Selecting pipe and piping materials involves many factors. Designers should approach these decisions and identify strengths and weaknesses of various pipe materials and connection methods.
In nonresidential buildings, engineers should pay close attention to local codes, the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), and International Plumbing Code (IPC) when sizing water supply piping systems.