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Codes and Standards
 

What are the Uponor PEX standards?
Uponor PEX and associated fittings are manufactured to the following standards:
• ASTM F876 “Standard Specification for Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing”
• ASTM F877 “Standard Specification for Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Plastic Hot and Cold Water Distribution Systems”
• ASTM F1960 “Standard Specifications for Cold Expansion Fittings with PEX Reinforcing Rings for use with Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing”
• ASTM F2080 “Standard Specifications for Cold Expansion Fittings with Metal Compression Sleeves for Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing”
• CSA B137.5 Thermoplastic Pressure Piping Compendium
Additional standards for Uponor AquaPEX tubing and associated fittings include:
• ANSI/NSF Standard 14 “Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials”
• ANSI/NSF Standard 61 “Drinking Water System Components — Health Effects”
• UL 1821 “Standard for Safety for Thermoplastic Sprinkler Pipe and Fittings for Fire Protection Service” (½" Uponor AquaPEX® only)


 

What temperature and pressure ratings does Uponor PEX carry?
Uponor PEX carries the following hydrostatic temperature and pressure ratings:
• 200°F at 80 psi (93.3°C at 5.51 bar)
• 180°F at 100 psi (82.2°C at 6.89 bar)
• 120°F at 130 psi (49°C at 9 bar) (½" Uponor AquaPEX® tubing only)
• 73.4°F at 160 psi (23°C at 11 bar)


 

What code approvals does Uponor AquaPEX tubing have?
Uponor AquaPEX® tubing is approved in the following codes:
• IPC
• UPC
• NSP
• IMC
• UMC
• NSPC
• NPC of Canada
• NBC of Canada


 

What listings does Uponor AquaPEX tubing have?
Uponor AquaPEX® tubing has the following listings:
• IAPMO
• NSF
• CSA
• ITS
• HUD
• ICC


 

What fire-rated assemblies does Uponor AquaPEX tubing have?
• G573 – Two-hour Hambro floor/ceiling assembly
• K913 – Two-hour concrete floor/ceiling assembly
• L557 – One-hour wood frame floor/ceiling assembly
• U372 – One-hour wood frame wall assembly
• V444 – One-hour steel stud wall assembly


 

What is the Warnock Hersey Plenum Rating for Uponor AquaPEX?
• 25 flame spread/50 smoke developed (plenum rated) to ASTM E84:
o ½" and ¾" with spacing of 18" between each run of tubing
o 1" through 2" when insulated with ½" fiberglass insulation
• CAN/ULC S102.2:
o ½" through 1" with spacing of 18" between each run of tubing
o 1¼" through 2" when insulated with ½" fiberglass insulation


General
 

How does the Uponor AquaSAFE™ Fire Sprinkler System work?
Uponor AquaSAFE™ is a multipurpose system which means it is combined with a home’s cold-water plumbing system. It uses the same Uponor AquaPEX® tubing that provides potable water to the plumbing fixtures in a home so there is always a ready supply of water to the sprinkler heads. The system eliminates stagnant water so it doesn’t require check valves or backflow preventers.

 

Why is Uponor AquaSAFE a better choice for installing residential fire sprinklers?
• PEX-a tubing and ProPEX fittings connect quickly and reliably without toxic solvents or glues.
• PEX-a is the most freeze-resistant tubing on the market.
• PEX-a tubing withstands the potentially oxidative effects of heavily chlorinated water, and has a life expectancy of more than 100 years.
• ProPEX® fittings eliminate problems with CPVC that lead to faulty connections: dry fitting, inconsistent adhesive application — even failures related to wet weather and high humidity.
• PEX-a tubing bends around corners, eliminating unnecessary connections and the number of fittings you need to make — important, when every extra connection means wasted time, lost profit and the added risk of leaks.
• You can air-test PEX-a tubing almost immediately after installation at full operating pressure to ensure the system is leak-free.


 

What’s the difference between a multipurpose and a standalone system?
The two main options for residential fire sprinklers include multipurpose systems featuring flexible crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing and standalone systems using rigid chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipe. A multipurpose system incorporates a home’s cold-water plumbing system with the fire sprinkler system, while a standalone system is separate from the home’s plumbing system.


The following are some of the benefits of a multipurpose system:
• Often requires only one contractor to install both plumbing and fire sprinklers
• Flexible tubing requires fewer fittings and fewer connections
• Verifies fresh water is available to the sprinklers each time a cold-water plumbing fixture is used
• No need for check valves or backflow preventers
• Can’t be unintentionally shut off
• Features ProPEX® expansion fittings that require no torches, glues, solvents or gauges
• No dry-fitting issues
• No routine maintenance or inspections
• Features the most freeze-resistant tubing on the market; requires no antifreeze hassles
• Can be safely air tested
• Backed by a 25-year limited warranty when installed by an Uponor-trained professional


 

What’s the difference between PEX and CPVC?
Crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) are both used for fire sprinkler systems. The PEX manufacturing process chemically joins individual polyethylene molecules through an extrusion process to create a highly flexible tubing product. With CPVC, the manufacturing process starts with PVC resin and adds additional chlorine molecules, which creates a much more rigid tubing product.

While both products are listed to their own respective ASTM standards for use in fire sprinkler systems, PEX provides superior features, installation characteristics and longevity. For example, PEX systems offer:


• Reliable and visual connections
• Superior freeze-resistance
• Flexibility, fewer required fittings
• Quick and simple fitting connections
• No toxic solvents or glues
• Safe air testing


 

Is Uponor PEX chlorine-resistant?
In recent years, ASTM F876 and ASTM F877 have been refined to incorporate benchmarks for chlorine resistance. Under certain conditions, a high concentration of chlorine can contribute to the oxidation of plastics. This, in turn, can affect service life. The upgraded ASTM standards provide an additional level of assurance that PEX tubing manufactured to these standards can withstand the potential oxidative effects of heavily chlorinated water.

 

Do you offer a warranty?
Yes. We are so confident about the quality of an Uponor fire safety system that we offer a 25-year limited warranty on the tubing when installed by an Uponor-trained plumbing professional.

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