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Bathroom

Water

The cold water normally comes into the house in blue MDPEMedium Density PolyEthelene. (the type of plastic used in water supply pipes etc.) plastic pipe and there is a stop tap either below the kitchen sink or in the basement/garage etc. The pipework then continues in 15mm. copper or push fit plastic and serves […]

Kitchen / utility

Services Water

Consider using water saving taps and appliances. See the Waterwise web site and the page Water Conservation

Both hot and cold water normally reach the kitchen and utility areas via 15mm copper or push-fit plastic pipework. The cold water should be off a rising main (i.e. directly from the mains rather than being […]

Cold water supply

Potable water is usually supplied by the local water company to a stop tap in the road adjacent to your building site. They will charge for this connection. It is then your responsibility to run a supply pipe from that stop tap to your building.

If you have a private water supply then other factors […]

Alterations & Fashion

‘Energy use’ is usually associated with how much energy is used to construct a new building. However, this is only part of the story. Most buildings get altered and repaired and redecorated a considerable number of times during their lifetime and taken to an extreme, some houses are constantly having ‘makeovers’. This can vastly increase […]

Central Heating Plumbing

Depending on which type of central heating system you have chosen there are several factors which can influence how ‘green’ the plumbing is

Is the circuitry as compact as possible? Is the circuitry zoned where necessary? Is the pipework sized properly? Is the pipework well insulated? Will the materials be reusable or recyclable at […]

Solar Collector Plumbing

Existing buildings

Plumbing for solar collectors is normally carried out by specialist companies when they retrofit systems to existing buildings.

New buildings

The challenge with solar collectors is to do with working out pipe runs that go from the collector outside and through the roof to the inside space where there is a tank to […]