As you peruse the show floor at the 2016 NAHB International Builder's Show (IBS) in Las Vegas this week, the floor will undoubtedly offer plenty of enticing frosting for your new builds. But I challenge you to look past the sleek shiny touch-less faucets, marbled countertops, and rustic flooring. Envision what goes on behind those perfectly matte-gray painted walls. We certainly hope you envision Uponor PEX, whether for plumbing, radiant floor heating, or fire sprinkler systems.

PEX for Plumbing 

You may be interested to note that that PEX tubing systems are installed more often in new-home construction than copper and CPVC systems combined. Why is this? Because PEX piping is more durable, more dependable and can potentially reduce leak-point and freeze-damage liability.


If you have seen Uponor PEX piping in action, you know that it is flexible. Because of this, Uponor PEX piping can bend with each change in direction, which means far fewer connections, and in turn, reduced potential leak-point liability.


With an Uponor PEX plumbing system that features ProPEX® expansion fittings, dry fitting is never an issue. Take a peek at this video that shows exactly how Uponor’s connections work.


PEX is also highly corrosion resistant, so it doesn’t have the issue of pinhole leaks or corrosion build up like copper. And PEX is also safer than copper. A study done by Rochester Medical Center published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported a connection between copper and Alzheimer’s disease.

PEX for Radiant Floor Heating

While the benefits of PEX for plumbing seem endless, as a builder, have you ever considered PEX for heating? In an Uponor radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through the piping that is located underneath the floors (perhaps under those new rustic hardwood floors you’ve been eyeing). The PEX carries the warm water into specific zones to effectively heat the room.

In addition to the PEX, the other main components in a radiant heating system include a heat source, pumps, manifolds and controls. The heat source in a radiant floor heating system is typically a boiler or a hot-water heater. However, other heat sources can be used, including highly energy-efficient sources such as geothermal and solar.

Uponor AquaSAFE™ vs. Standalone CPVC Systems

Last, but certainly not least, Uponor offers AquaSAFE™ multipurpose residential sprinkler systems.  They are installed with flexible and durable Uponor PEX. Standalone systems generally use rigid CPVC or metal pipe.

The same reasons why PEX plumbing is installed in more homes today than rigid CPVC and copper combined also apply to its use in a residential fire sprinkler system.

- Fewer fitting reduces liability

- No dry-fitting leaks

- Better flow

- Freeze leak resistance

So not only is Uponor PEX durable and reliable, it serves a variety of purposes for behind the wall applications. Now that is what I call beautiful from the inside out.  Look out frosting, I am going straight for the cake.


The NAHB International Builder's Show (IBS) kicks off in Las Vegas on January 19 and runs through Jan., 21. Uponor will be featured at Booth #C6908 to answer all of your behind-the-wall questions about our plumbing, radiant floor heating, and fire sprinkler systems. We will are also participating in the Exhibitor Forum. We look forward to connecting at IBS 2016!

Exhibitor Forum Presented by Uponor - Booth #C6908
Going Exposed! New Opportunities for Installing Fire Sprinklers

If you install fire sprinklers, learn about the current requirements for residential construction, including a new exposed listing that allows the installation of PEX multipurpose fire sprinkler systems in homes with unfinished basements. Eric Skare, Certified Fire Protection Specialist, will talk about the recent exposed listing and what it means for fire sprinkler systems moving forward.

Tues., Jan. 19 | 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | 10 - 10:30 a.m.