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PVC pipes alternative

Postby Geko » Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:43 pm

I would like to know if it exists an eco friendly material that can replace PVC pipes for water.
There the copper pipes option but considering the price of copper (and the trend) it won't be suitable for a project.

All advice welcome; Thanks!
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Postby lekizz » Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:24 am

You've identified the problem, clients like plastic pipes because they are much cheaper than metal, unfortunately, though they look ugly as f**k (the pipes, not necessarily the clients). You have to weigh up the importance of good looking downpipes against the increased cost.

I think zinc roofing and drainage goods look great, age well and, from what I recall, the rainwater will not be contaminated (unlike with copper) so can be used for watering the garden.

You can also get aluminium gutters treated to look like copper.
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Postby cousinbirgco » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:05 pm

You bring up an interesting question. I think you are
referring to water pipes for domestic water consumption.
I don't know of any eco friendly alternatives to pvc or copper,
but for example, pex tubing for potable water may last in
excess of 50 years or more, so like a lot of building materials
which at first glance, may not appear to be enviromentally friendly,
they may be a pretty good choice simply because of their longevity.
I have struggled with material selection on many occassions,
most recently with roofing materials for a "green" house project.
The alternative, eco friendly roofs, were 2 - 3 times more
expensive than a lifetime asphalt roof that was eventually
selected. Sometimes budgetary considerations win out over
our desire to be environmentally responsible but at the very
least, chosing standard materials with very long lifespans (imho)
is the next best thing.
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Postby Antisthenes » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:48 pm

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