VOICE APRIL 2017
JOURNAL OF PLUMBING, HEATING, AND PIPE JOINING SYSTEMS FROM VIEGA LLC
THIS OLD HOUSEÂ® GOES WITH RADIANT
WATER QUALITY DESIGN PRESSING IS BETTER IN COLD WEATHER ASSE INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION CLASS
a publication of Viega LLC March 2017 Marketing Director Mark Brodie Editor Amy Williams
Graphic Designer Jason Green
VIEGAVOICE / MARCH 2017
CONTENTS Inside the Walls
The Tool Box
16 Viega MegaPress for stainless steel
A letter from the VP of Sales and Marketing
Get Connected 5
Designing for the unexpected
Historic home gets new, efficient heating solution
21 The next chapter in bathroom design
Contributing Authors Jason Allison, Santanu Debnath, Jacob Demars, Jason McKinnon, David Melendy Contributing Photographers Alec Tremaine, Jim Oertle, Jason Green Future articles and tips Please send in your interesting stories and tips relating to
24 Flexible underground pipe you can trust
Viega products for possible
of the Viega Voice to
13 Affordable housing complex in Ontario installs all Viega systems
18 Not just for heating and cooling anymore
27 Colorado contractor opts to press in cold weather
30 Earn your ASSE International certification in hydronics from Viega 31 TechTalk
ON THE COVER Featured on This Old HouseÂŽ in January, this beautiful Arts-and-Crafts house in Arlington, MA, was built in 1909, but now it has an updated heating system thanks to Viega.
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publication in future issues
INSIDE THE WALLS
A LETTER FROM
THE VP OF SALES AND MARKETING
016 was a difficult year in many aspects, with big changes across many industries, both global and local. It’s no different with Viega LLC, because 2016 marks the year our offices moved from our long-time home in Wichita, KS, to our new headquarters in Broomfield, CO, on the outskirts of Denver. Kansas has been a good home for us, but as we continue to grow, the Denver area became the obvious choice for us. We can be more effective here, reach more people here, provide more convenient training opportunities here, and continue to grow here as we have grown in Wichita since 2005. Direct flights to and from the Denver airport are among the least expensive in the United States, and our new training center and our new headquarters are underway. With our new training center, we’ll be able to offer more advanced education options that will help our customers grow their businesses. We already provide the best industry-focused training available, and soon it will be easier to access than ever. An active, dynamic city, Denver has a growing economy that fits our business model, but how do you move a company like Viega LLC without disrupting the way you do business? It’s not impossible, but the challenge was real. If you’ve ever moved before, you know what a distraction it can be. There are boxes to pack, people to relocate, a new location to discover. The task of moving a home is an all-consuming one. Multiply it by a hundred, and that’s what it’s like to move an office. Yet, 2016 brought excellent sales performance for Viega LLC. We continued to grow, both in sales numbers and in employees. We accomplished our move to Broomfield without disrupting our sales activity. We kept our momentum and increased our commercial performance. How is that possible? The answer isn’t easy, but it makes Viega who we are. One thing has always been true at Viega LLC: We are a team devoted to giving our customers the highest quality solutions and service in the industry. If one department within Viega tried to move alone, it would not have been successful. Instead, we all worked together, not only to transition our offices to a better location but also to keep our customers satisfied along the way. The employees here at Viega kept doing what needed to be done, regardless of personal sacrifice or inconvenience to themselves. That’s what makes us a great team. We have a common goal and focus. We always seek to help our customers succeed even when we are being pulled in many different directions. If Viega was able to do all this and still keep growing and taking care of our people and our customers during a year like 2016, just imagine what we will accomplish in 2017. I can’t wait to find out.
“We are a team devoted to giving our customers the highest quality solutions and service in the industry.”
Vice President of Sales and Marketing Viega LLC Viega. Connected in quality.
â€œThe tight quarters made the double drop elbows the best choice.â€? Rich Dean
Commonwealth Plumbing installed Viega systems in the Emerson College dining hall project.
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Senior Plumbing Designer, Vanderweil Engineers
DESIGNING FOR THE UNEXPECTED W
hen it comes to redesigning the plumbing systems in a
Peter Hannon, Vice President of
An average user will take 30 seconds
Commonwealth Plumbing, the
or less to wash his hands. Most of the
historic building, most times you have to
company that installed the plumbing
time that means the water he uses will
expect the unexpected. But designing
have been sitting in the pipe line for a
for the unexpected takes experience, cooperation, and the necessary tools. The central dining facility at Emerson
“It’s a very old building and just has the issues that come with renovations
while. It won’t be freshly heated water until the line is purged.
to a very old building. We had to drop
“That dead leg water is in those
College in downtown Boston was built
individually to each sink as opposed to
faucets,” Dean said. “It will purge itself
around 115 years ago. With a historic
having the space to run it horizontally
over time, but not usually fast enough.”
structure of that age, the space needed to
down right to the fixture,” Hannon said.
install completely new plumbing systems
“Due to space within the wall, we didn’t
fittings in the bathroom installation,
would come at a premium. But space
have that luxury. The tight quarters made
Vanderweil and Commonwealth were
wasn’t the only concern.
the double drop elbows the best choice.”
able to eliminate the dead leg in the
With the all-new renovation also
By using Viega’s double drop elbow
came metered faucets on timers,
continued on page 6
which are wonderful innovations, but in an installation like the Emerson College dining hall, they added a level of complication. “Most of the faucets are on timers, which limit the amount of water that can flow out,” said Rich Dean, Senior Plumbing Designer for Vanderweil Engineers who designed the hot water system installation for the project. “When you have the limited amount of time, you don’t purge the line. Viega’s double drop elbow gets water to the faucet from the source quicker, and that improves user experience.” Dean designed the hot water plumbing systems for two bathrooms in the dining facility. One bathroom provided the space necessary to install regular tees, but the other bathroom was too small.
Founded in 1880, Emerson College sits in downtown Boston, MA. Viega. Connected in quality.
GET CONNECTED “Installing the double drop elbows
“People live in those locations,
allows us to get the piping much closer
and they may have compromised
to the fixtures to minimize the dead legs,”
immune systems, and you really have to
Dean said. “Having warm water at the
consider that,” Dean said. “Design for the
faucet is a better experience for the user,
unexpected. You don’t know if a client is
so they’ll think the best of the facility.”
going to come through there with a bad
But what about the other bathroom,
immune system, and you don’t want
the one with more space which allowed
them to get sicker because of bad
them to install more traditional fittings?
“We still used the series design in the other bathroom,” Dean said. The beauty of designing a water
That being said, a public toilet room isn’t as much of a concern for the Legionella bacteria compared to nursing
quality system with Viega is the flexibility
homes or hospitals. For the Emerson
of the options. For Viega, water quality
College project, the main focus was
isn’t just a plumbing solution, it’s a total
providing hot water to users in spite of the
revolution in design technique.
“You don’t know if a client is going to come through there with a bad immune system, and you don’t want them to get sicker because of bad plumbing design.” Rich Dean Senior Plumbing Designer, Vanderweil Engineers
“We have used Viega in the past,”
“We’ve done a loop
Dean said. “When it was first presented
system before similar to
to us, it was unique and a bit different, but
this,” said Hannon. “This
it started to meet some of the issues we
was the first time we’d used
these particular fittings, the
The dangers of the development of
double drop elbows. We
Legionella bacteria in plumbing lines have
met our installation goals.
only recently started to make national
Especially where there
headlines. The deaths associated with
was a lot of wood in the
Legionnaire’s Disease have been on
building, pressing saved
the rise since the first major outbreak in
us from having to solder.”
Philadelphia in 1976.
“We first saw Viega’s double drop
marks the first time
elbows more than a year ago,” Dean said.
Vanderweil has installed Viega’s double
“The Viega team came to the office and discussed its use in hospital situations.
drop elbows in a commercial project too. In a series design installation, like
“We have used them in other projects,”
We thought about how it would be good in
the sinks in a bathroom, when water is
Dean said. “They’re currently being built,
commercial applications too.”
turned on at the end of the line, the water
a small wellness clinic and another in the
circulates through the whole system,
public toilet rooms for a lab building. It’s a
a concern, eliminating it in a facility like a
purging the line and providing hot water to
solid system. And Viega is a solid product.
dining hall bathroom isn’t as crucial as a
the active fixture almost immediately.
While the Legionella bacteria is always
hospital or nursing home.
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They’re very good about marketing the product and educating the engineers.” Dean was one of many engineers who
“Once our rep introduced the engineers to these fittings,” Hannon said, “we worked together on how best to make
attended Viega’s water quality seminars,
it work. Our rep was a great help, and we
which were held across the country in
really appreciated his input.”
various locations. “The water quality seminar was excellent,” Dean said. “Extremely informative and to the point. Very
Dean believes that innovation is a critical component to being successful in the world of modern plumbing design. “We’ve had a great experience with
detailed. It’s been helpful in our day-
Viega and with the whole product line,”
to-day design duties.”
Dean said. “Viega is innovative. They are
“We’ve been using Viega for a number
trying to look at other areas where they
of years and have had very good luck with
can help designers and engineers in the
it,” Hannon said. “We recommend and
field. In today’s world of low-flow and
submit it for projects as often as possible
green design, we need to be on top of it.
as a product to use.”
But having innovation on our side is key.”
Thanks to coordination with their local Viega rep, Vanderweil and
“In today’s world of low-flow and green design, we need to be on top of it. But having innovation on our side is key.” Rich Dean Senior Plumbing Designer, Vanderweil Engineers
Commonwealth worked together on the Emerson College project.
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This three-level, 2,400-square-foot home was built in 1909 and was featured on This Old House® in January 2017.
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AS SEEN ON THIS OLD HOUSE®:
HISTORIC HOME GETS NEW, EFFICIENT HEATING SOLUTION H istoric houses are a common sight across New England, some dating back as far as the Revolutionary War and earlier. But while these homes out of history are beautiful, they present a hazard when it comes to renovation. One such house, a beautiful Arts-andCrafts house in historic Arlington, MA, was built in 1909. A three-level, 2,400-square-foot home, this historic
“What always happens on our This Old House® projects is that people feel radiant heat and end up wanting it everywhere.” Richard Trethewey Founder and Owner, RST Thermal
structure was originally heated with steam and later converted to high temperature hydronic heating. The house, featured on the nationally known renovation program This Old House® in January, ran the gamut of renovation projects, including a new porch, expanded areas for the kitchen and master bathroom, a new chimney, and an updated heating system. With so much space being heated by high temperature hydronic heating, the cost to keep the climate controlled in a home like this is off the charts. To keep the house warm would require spending an estimated $10,000 annually. Installing a new, high-efficiency heating system only made sense, especially since the rest of the house would be undergoing renovations as well. The problem? With a house this age, soldering new heating lines posed a risk to the old wooden framing. Fortunately, Bilo Plumbing and Heating Company in Ipswich, MA, has a history continued on page 10
Kevin Bilo of Bilo Plumbing and Heating and Richard Tretheway, Plumbing and Heating Expert for This Old House®, install Viega radiant systems. Viega. Connected in quality.
of experience with Viega radiant heating
“We went in and demoed the whole
systems that spans 20 years. Lead
heating system,” Bilo said. “We removed
plumber Kevin Bilo has been installing
all the heating piping, the radiators, and
Viega radiant systems for 15 years.
the oil tank.”
“What always happens on our This Old
Bilo and his crew installed all new
Viega Climate Trak on the entire first floor, and stainless manifolds. “The Climate Panels in the bathrooms provide the most comfortable and efficient option you can install in a tiled area,” Bilo
House projects is that people feel radiant
plumbing and heating in the historic home
said, “especially under the tubs and the
heat and end up wanting it everywhere,”
using ViegaPEX Ultra tubing and Viega
said Richard Trethewey, Founder and
PEX Press fittings. For the radiant heating
Owner of RST Thermal in Westwood, MA.
solution in the home, Bilo used Viega
homeowners wanted to preserve the
Tretheway has been the plumbing and
Climate Panels in all three bathrooms,
original wood flooring on the main level
heating expert for This Old House® and
Specific to this project, the
yet still provide consistent heating.
Ask This Old House since 1979. “I’ve ®
been doing radiant on television since 1987, and it’s always a winner.” According to Trethewey, radiant heating was only planned to be installed in one part of the home, but those plans changed. “We were only supposed to do a small part of it,” Trethewey said. “The homeowner felt it and wanted it in more of the house.” So that’s what Bilo Plumbing and Heating did. 10 | Viega Voice | April 2017
“With the whole new system and copper construction and radiant heat on the first floor and bathrooms, the cost of their fuel is going to drop considerably.” Kevin Bilo
Lead Plumber, Bilo Plumbing and Heating Company
GET CONNECTED Viega Climate Trak provides an energy efficient radiant option for remodel projects that prevents added floor height.
ART-AND-CRAFTS MOVEMENT Arts-and-Crafts-style homes are also called Craftsmen or Prairie-style homes. The Arts-and-Crafts-style didn’t just relate to house designs. It was an entire movement of art, music, furniture, and even politics, which started in England in the mid-19th Century.
“Viega’s Climate Trak system was a great opportunity for them to put radiant heat in the first floor and save their
really, it’s just the confidence I have in the product.” Bilo Plumbing and Heating installs
“With the whole new system and copper construction and radiant heat on the first floor and bathrooms, their heating
hardwood at the same time without any
radiant heating solutions on a regular
costs are going to drop considerably,”
extra cost,” Bilo said.
basis, both for interior applications and
he said. “They may cut their costs to a quarter of what they are currently.”
Additionally, the crew from Bilo
exterior ones, like snow melting. In fact,
Plumbing and Heating installed Viega
according to the company’s website, on
FostaPEX tubing throughout the house,
average they install 10,000 feet of radiant
was featured on 16 episodes of This Old
using the aluminum-coated, form-stable
tubing every week.
House®. Watch the episodes online to
PEX to adapt to the manifolds and the new boiler in the mechanical room.
“From my point of view,” Bilo said,
The Arlington Arts-and-Crafts Project
see Kevin Bilo and his crew in action. If
“all Viega products and fittings and
you want more information on Viega’s
technology are reliable and dependent.
innovative radiant solutions and how we
systems gave us a lot more options for
Viega always stands behind their
can help you with your next project,
installation,” Bilo said. “There was a lot of
products, and if we’ve ever had any
check out our website or call your local
old framing, and it made it easier to get
problems, they’ve backed us all the way.
from point A to point B.”
They’re first class about fixing problems. I
“The FostaPEX and ViegaPEX Ultra
Bilo has prior installation experience
have 100 percent confidence that if Viega
THIS OLD HOUSE® is a registered
with several other radiant systems, and
fittings are installed properly, there will be
trademark of This Old House Ventures,
he believes Viega radiant solutions are
no leaks or issues.”
LLC. Used with permission.
the best. “They’re easy to work with and
Installing a radiant heating system in a home provides a long list of benefits
installation friendly,” Bilo said. “You have
for homeowners, but for this project, Bilo
more options to get the job done, and,
feels that the greatest benefit will be the energy savings. Viega. Connected in quality.
The tank is extinct.
Introducing in-wall flushing technology by Viega.
Say hello to the next evolution of toilet systems. Viegaâ€™s German-engineered in-wall flushing technology is easy to install and maintain. And by eliminating the tank, it finally opens the door for exceptionally designed bathrooms. Viega. Connected in quality. Read more on page 20 12 | Viega Voice | April 2017
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AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPLEX IN ONTARIO INSTALLS ALL VIEGA SYSTEMS F
“The owners of that building were facing multiple leaks, so it was easy to sell them on Viega.”
Owner, Taps Plumbing
ounded as a garrison community in 1826, London, Ontario in Canada
now boasts a population around 370,000 strong and is still growing. As part of an affordable housing project in the historic districts of the city, many older buildings are being transformed into apartment complexes. Not all of the apartments are old, though. Some of the construction is new, even though it’s designed to look old, like the apartments at Woodfield Terrace. Woodfield Terrace is a four-story, 33unit complex located in central London, and in 2016 Taps Plumbing installed nearly every available Viega system solution inside it. “We looked at all the other stuff that was out there,” said Dan Metcalfe, Owner of Taps Plumbing, “and Viega’s products are the most user friendly, especially in the larger sizes.” The owners of Woodfield Terrace also owned the building’s next door twin, where a different contractor had installed a fusion-welded system four years earlier. Just as the Woodfield Terrace project was beginning, that four-year-old system sprang a leak. “The owners of that building were facing multiple leaks,” Metcalfe said, “so it was easy to sell them on Viega. Viega’s got the best warranty on the PEX and the copper.” Metcalfe and his crew got to work and installed ViegaPEX Ultra tubing, Viega radiant systems, Viega ProPress for copper, and Viega MegaPressG for natural gas all in sizes ranging from ½" to 2". They
even installed Viega ProPress for copper
boiler completely and use the solar system
fittings in 3" sizes.
to provide the primary source of energy.
“With conventional copper fittings in
With four floors and more than 30
that size, it would take an hour per
units to deliver hot water to, it only made
fitting to join them,” Metcalfe said.
sense for Taps to install a hot water
“With Viega, you can do a whole run
recirculation system. The problem: space
of fittings in an hour. We ran literally
was extremely limited.
thousands of feet of tube and had no issues with performance.” Taps Plumbing also installed solar
Installing a traditional recirculation system would take up too much room in a project that didn’t have room to spare.
systems, the SmartLoop internal
That’s why Metcalfe decided to give
recirculation system, and a gray water
SmartLoop a try.
recycling system. “The solar system is amazingly efficient,” Metcalfe said. He hopes that the system will perform so well that they’ll be able to shut off the
SmartLoop is a revolutionary internal recirculation system that maintains the temperature of hot water along the mains and delivers it faster to the faucet. continued on page 14
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GET CONNECTED “The SmartLoop is awesome,” Metcalfe said. “We ran the loop through the entire main branch and back. It works incredibly well. We already had a very congested space to work in, so saving one more pipe run was a big savings.” Viega worked alongside Taps Plumbing to design both the plumbing system and the heating system in the apartment complex. Metcalfe and the Taps Plumbing crew all love installing Viega system solutions. “My crew can install all kinds of PEX, but Viega PEX Systems are by far the easiest,” Metcalfe said. “They’re the ones that our guys feel are more secure. We have no concerns about pipe failures, and you can pressure test right away. And the
“My crew can install all kinds of PEX, but Viega PEX Systems are by far the easiest.” Dan Metcalfe
The Viega SmartLoop is a revolutionary internal recirculation system that maintains the temperature of hot water along the mains and delivers it faster to the faucet.
Owner, Taps Plumbing
cold weather doesn’t bother them. A lot of
“When I was at the training facility
Attending the training in New
this work was done in cold weather, and it
Viega opened my eyes to their other
Hampshire did more than just help
doesn’t affect Viega systems at all.”
products,” Metcalfe said. “And knowing
Metcalfe understand the high quality of
that I could use my same tool to do all
Viega press fittings. The training changed
Viega press systems for four years, ever
that, we pretty much converted our
the way Metcalfe viewed radiant solutions.
since a fire incident on a project that
Taps Plumbing has been installing
damaged a building in the historical part of town. “I was looking for a safe, reliable
After switching to press technology,
“To be honest with you, radiant was something we’d all heard about but
Taps Plumbing tried to adopt a no-flame
nobody believed in it,” he said. “Now I
policy, which would allow them to work
believe in the system.”
technology,” Metcalfe said. “I initially
in hospitals and government projects,
started with just ProPress.”
among others, without the frustration of
course, Metcalfe enjoyed having the
fire watches or hot work permits.
opportunity to talk to other tradespeople
After investing in Viega ProPress, Metcalfe decided to take a trip to the
“With ProPress we can just press
At the week-long radiant training
in an open environment.
Viega Educational Facility in Nashua, NH,
away,” Metcalfe said. “We’ve been
where he was able to experience a week-
using the stuff for four years, and in four
from all over Ontario,” Metcalfe said,
long training event.
years we’ve never had a leak on any
“and they weren’t all Viega people.
We discussed products from other
“I got to compare notes with people
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GET CONNECTED Metcalfe also appreciates how easy it is to train his staff to install Viega press systems. “We have guys of all skill levels, from master plumbers to apprentices to helpers, all of whom are capable of utilizing the tool if they have to,” Metcalfe said. “If you’re soldering you aren’t going to let a junior guy do that.”
“Since we’ve utilized Viega’s radiant technology, we’re going gangbusters with work.” Dan Metcalfe Owner, Taps Plumbing
With unparalleled support and personalized service, Viega worked alongside Metcalfe and Taps Plumbing to make sure every potential challenge was overcome before it became a problem. “I can’t say enough about the support during this project,” Metcalfe said. “The nice thing about Viega is they give you the product, and then they back it up. They answered my questions. It was a problem with a Viega system,
“The engineers inspected the building
pretty smooth operation. It was just nice
someone would have mentioned it.
and told us that we’d need 120-degree
knowing you can pick up the phone and
But nobody did.”
water in the boiler,” Metcalf said. “Well,
talk to engineer.”
Metcalfe and his crew had always
we’re running 82 degrees on the boiler
Metcalfe set out with a goal to install
been interested in hydronics systems,
and keeping it 72 degrees in the building.
every Viega system in the Woodfield
but after the radiant training course, Taps
The engineer was off by more than 30
Terrace project, and he succeeded,
Plumbing took their interest to the job site.
degrees. It’s amazing.”
much to the delight of his crew and the
“Since we’ve utilized Viega’s radiant
Thanks to industry-focused training
technology, we’re going gangbusters with
and versatile on-site support, Taps
work,” Metcalfe said. “We’re doing a huge
Plumbing’s first radiant installation has
and the time savings and the reliability
project with all outside snow melt using
been a resounding success.
of it, make it worth sticking with Viega,”
the Viega Rapid Grid foam panels.” With the Woodfield Terrace project,
“I’m 100 percent sold on in-floor
“We’ve just found that the warranty
radiant heat,” Metcalfe said, “and I
the Taps Plumbing crew installed in-floor
honestly think Viega offers the best
radiant heating on all four levels, all
product on the market—better manifolds,
33 apartment units, and even the
better systems, and the best support.”
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THE TOOL BOX
VIEGA MEGAPRESS STAINLESS STEEL V
iega earned a global reputation for
pressure testing, and since Viega fittings
tested up to 600 PSI with an operating
revolutionary plumbing solutions
can be jointed when a system is live, all an
temperature range of 0°F to 250°F.
when we developed the original press
installer has to do is press the connection
fitting system, Viega ProPress for copper,
once they see it. Job done. No more
MegaPress for black iron, you even have
more than 25 years ago. Now we’ve done
leaks, no tearing out long runs of pipe, and
the tools and jaws you need. You can
no callbacks after the job is finished.
make secure press connections on a
Introducing Viega MegaPress stainless
If you’ve already been installing Viega
Ideal for industrial applications,
MegaPress stainless system using the
steel, now available in two high-quality
MegaPress stainless can be installed in
RIDGID RP 330-B or 330-C power tool.
grades, 304 and 316. For the first time,
a wide variety of applications such as
Other RIDGID tools are compatible as
you can install Viega fittings for 304 or 316
process water, ammonia, low-pressure
well, including the RIDGID RP 320-E, the
stainless steel with off-the-shelf Schedule
steam, or any number of other essential
RIDGID RP 340, and the RIDGID CT 400.
10 to Schedule 40 IPS pipe.
fluids or gases. With the anticipated
Viega offers MegaPress stainless
Not only do MegaPress stainless
NSF-61 rating, MegaPress stainless 316
fittings in multiple configurations, like
fittings eliminate welding and threading
will also be approved for potable water.
elbows, couplings, reducers, tees,
from the job site, they also include the
While recommended operating
reducing tees, threaded adapters, unions,
patented Viega Smart Connect Feature.
pressures for MegaPress stainless fittings
caps, and flanges. With fitting sizes that
Smart Connect allows installers to easily
is 200 PSI, the system can be pressure
range from ½" to 2" and factory-installed
identify unpressed connections during
sealing elements, EPDM for 316 stainless and FKM for 304 stainless, Viega has the exact fitting you need. And with a 420 stainless steel grip ring and a 304 stainless separator, you can count on Viega MegaPress stainless to perform in the harshest environments. Combined with off-the-shelf IPS pipe, MegaPress stainless fittings compose a complete system that will reduce installation time and labor costs on your next project. Contact your local Viega sales representative for a demonstration today. Or, get in touch with Viega Technical Services at 800-976-9819, to see if MegaPress stainless is right for your current project.
New Viega MegaPress stainless steel provides all the benefits of high-grade stainless with the innovative reliability of Viega press technology.
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LISTINGS AND CERTIFCATES • IAPMO PS117
• ICC LC1002
• Uniform Mechanical Code
• TSSA-ASME B31
• International Mechanical Code
• Third party certified to NSF-61-372
• ASME B31.1, B31.3, and B31.9
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2016 PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Radiant installation at Big Bear, CA
NOT JUST FOR HEATING AND COOLING ANYMORE M
ost industry professionals know
were able to install more than 22,000
radiant systems only in the context
square feet of ViegaPEX Barrier tubing in
can be installed economically and on
of efficient building climate control, but
less than one day. The crew had no prior
schedule, even in a region where radiant
after an innovative, revolutionary project
radiant installation experience.
is uncommon," said David Desjardins,
in Big Bear, CA, the industry may start seeing radiant solutions in a different light. The Big Bear Area Regional
"The project really showed that radiant
Thanks to this innovative solution,
Heating and Cooling Product Manager for
BBARWA will save $225,000 per year in
Viega. "It proved that slab heating systems
transportation costs. The project itself was
can be installed quickly and easily."
Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) needed a
so impressive, the Plastics Pipe Institute
new idea. They were spending thousands
named it their 2016 Project of the Year for
BBARWA project, no one can measure the
of dollars in transportation costs at their
the Building and Construction Division of
potential of Viega's award-winning radiant
waste treatment facility, and they needed
their annual contest.
systems. Providing extreme labor savings
a solution that would reduce the sludge's
The BBARWA project demonstrated
If you consider the results of the
during installation and keeping jobs on
water content, lighten its overall weight,
the versatility of PEX tubing systems and
schedule is only part of the benefit. With a
and make it easier to transport.
raised awareness for radiant technology
system this versatile and this trustworthy,
beyond merely heating and cooling.
any industry can find a use for it. What will
That's where Viega stepped in. With a Climate Mat system, the project workers
18 | Viega Voice | April 2017
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
WORKING TOGETHER TO GET A JOB DONE
Aspen Heights as an organization is all about people, which is why the company has invested so much in providing resortstyle living options for university students. To build a brand new student housing project in Syracuse, NY, the company hired two different contractors to install the plumbing systems. Burns Bros. Contractors Inc. Plumbing in Syracuse worked on two of the three buildings, and ATL Plumbing and Mechanical in Chittenango, NY, worked on the other. But they’re both installing Viega MegaPressG for black iron pipe. Burns Brothers Plumbing, a union contractor, installed Viega MegaPressG in the project’s parking garage, which will provide heating to the residences. Burns Brothers also installed ViegaPEX Ultra tubing for the project’s potable water systems. In the same project, ATL Plumbing and Mechanical, a non-union contractor, is currently installing Viega MegaPressG fittings too. Since Viega solutions are flameless and dependable, every installer saves time and labor, and that means less frustration. The 422-bed complex provides 145,000 square feet of rentable space for students, and the three, five-story, gardenstyle apartment buildings make up the bulk of a $38 million development. Working together isn’t always possible in this industry, but when contractors can join forces to get a job done on time, that’s always worth celebrating. Thanks to the great teamwork provided first by Burns Brothers and also by ATL Plumbing and Mechanical, that’s something Aspen Heights Syracuse will be able to do for a long time.
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20 | Viega Voice | April 2017
THE TOOL BOX
THE NEXT CHAPTER IN BATHROOM DESIGN T
or public-use facilities, don’t present
realize. Ancient civilizations used a
many options for installation or for other
primitive type of flushing system
bathroom design concepts. They take
easy to install, Viega in-wall flushing
for waste disposal dating back
up space, make maintenance awkward,
systems offer superior head pressure,
and put obstacles in the way of cleaning
sound proofing, space savings, and the
processes. It hasn’t changed because it’s
industry’s best 10-year warranty.
he toilet has been around for a long time, much longer than many people
Since 1596 and before, the modern
Modern toilets, whether in residential
toilet has certainly come a long way, and
worked well enough, but that’s not the
many different advances in technology
have improved its basic design. But why
In-wall flushing systems are flexible
flush plates to stretch the creativity of bathroom design. Easy to clean, easy to maintain, and
Known around the world for revolutionary design techniques with the highest quality engineering, Viega
should only its basic design change when
by design and compatible with many
presents the next chapter in bathroom
it could evolve? Quality in engineering
popular brands of bowls, so it won’t
design—Viega in-wall flushing systems.
and design means sometimes changing
matter which one you’re installing. We
the way we think.
have award-winning design on our
continued on page 22
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THE TOOL BOX Beauty on the outside. Brilliance on the inside.
bathroom is just a bathroom, right?
plates can be installed flat against tile for
Or can it be something more? Viega
has always been about excellence in
Manual flush plates offer artistic
plumbing engineering, beginning with
highlights for the bathroom. Created
quality at the start, but it’s not just utility
by working hand-in-hand with world-
that makes excellent plumbing. The best
renowned designers, these flush
plumbing is an art form.
plates add flair and beauty to an often-
Now, the beauty of the art of plumbing behind the wall can be seen in the fixtures on the surface. This new concealed flushing system
overlooked room. Touchless flush plates provide the same details and more. With motion sensor technology, there’s no need to touch the plate at all.
design from Viega is an award-winning
No fingerprints and no spread of germs
solution that allows the freedom to
means superior hygiene. Smooth dual-
transform “just a bathroom” into an
flush technology provides the option
to save water. Clean, contemporary,
Viega flush plates provide reliable
and minimal, Viega flush plates
functionality with style, whether you
integrate seamlessly with our Eco Plus
choose the manual option or our special
touchless variation. A light push or a
Viega flush plates exceed the
gentle wave triggers the actuator, either
expectations of functionality and will
for a large flush or a small one. Many
withstand the tests of time and use.
22 | Viega Voice | April 2017
THE TOOL BOX It’s not a bathroom. It’s a private collection.
levate your next bathroom with
frees up space in the rest of the bathroom
Viega Water Carrier Systems. With
too, providing installers six more inches
for traditional toilets, though. Viega
this revolution in plumbing technology for
to use by moving the tank inside the wall.
also offers our Eco Plus Urinal Carrier
the bathroom, builders and architects can
With so much open area in the room,
System for installation in artfully
rewrite the book on bathroom design.
just imagine what other features the
Discover what you can create with
bathroom could offer. Or push a wall
The manual flush plates are the most
new options from Viega. Our water
to add that space in a kitchen or any
popular option for this particular system,
carrier systems exceed the EPA Water
adjacent living space.
but it is compatible with both the manual
Sense standard, which means more
Whether you’re installing a residential
Viega doesn’t just offer this solution
plate and the touchless plate.
efficient water usage. Since the bowl
toilet system or one for public or
is not attached to the floor, this design
commercial use, there’s a design option
incorporates multiple solutions that
makes it easier to clean beneath the bowl
to fit your needs. Both manual and
simplify cleaning and maintenance.
and eliminates the hard-to-reach space
touchless flush plates are available in
Viega urinal carriers feature simple
between the bowl and the tank.
various finishes and materials, and the
assembly and an extensive diversity of
water carrier systems are designed to
design options. Combining design with
work with many different bowl designs.
technology, this system includes infrared
Installation of a water carrier system is easy with simple assembly and tools Viega offers, alongside training and a
And, of course, you have Viega’s
Viega urinal flushing systems
sensors, automatic user recognition, a
library of technical information. Beyond
assurance of excellence. Our heritage
24-hour hygiene flush cycle. The system
installation, maintenance of this system is
of quality speaks for itself, but Viega
is available in hard-wired or battery-
simplified since the tank and interior can
Flushing systems come with a 10-year
be reached through the faceplate.
warranty for parts and a lifetime warranty
With this design, the toilet can fit into tight spaces. This new design option
for the frame and tank.
Whatever project, whatever needs installing, Viega has a high-quality, reliable solution for your next bathroom.
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iega stands behind our systems. They’re new, they’re
innovative, and they’re changing the way America installs plumbing. Our system solutions are trustworthy and reliable, thoughtfully engineered and tested beyond the limits of what the industry actually expects, so you can work with confidence. That’s what it means to be Connected in Quality.
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FLEXIBLE UNDERGROUND PIPE YOU CAN TRUST
24 | Viega Voice | April 2017
THE TOOL BOX
F For applications that need piping
other obstacles that could potentially
You save time in laying pipe. You save
installed underground, Viega is proud
cause concern. So instead of cutting
time in avoiding obstacles, like boulders
to introduce new insulated PEX Barrier
rigid pipe and connecting a fitting, all you
or landscaping, or even hidden objects
piping. Viega’s top-notch reliability for
have to do is bend the piping around the
below the surface that might require extra
indoor solutions now goes beyond the
obstacle, an easier solution that requires
expense to remove. All of these savings
walls, providing products for entire
fewer fittings, which reduces potential
add up to one underground PEX solution
outdoor solutions as well.
that offers reliable performance.
Rigid piping systems are leak-
Viega’s new insulated PEX Barrier
Whether you’re installing insulated
prone, causing expensive callbacks
piping isn’t just suitable for installation
pipe underground or above ground, for
that take time and cause frustrations.
underground. With a UV-stable piping
a radiant heating or snowmelt system,
But with Viega’s PEX Barrier piping,
jacket, it can be installed in above-ground
Viega’s new insulated PEX Barrier piping
you may never need to install rigid pipe
applications as well, supported with
provides the flexible, durable solution for
underground again. PEX Barrier products
either fixed or sliding supports.
your project’s needs. If you aren’t sure if insulated PEX
provide a start to finish solution for
By far, the greatest advantage of
radiant and snow melt applications.
Viega’s new insulated PEX Barrier piping
Barrier piping is the right choice for
is the savings you gain during installation
your project, contact Viega’s Technical
PEX Barrier piping is flexible enough
time. Like other PEX tubing, pre-insulated
Services department at 800-976-9819.
to bend around obstacles, which also
Barrier piping is easy to install, regardless
At Viega, we stand behind our systems,
significantly reduces the number of
of application. A properly designed
but we also stand behind our customers.
fittings required. But insulated PEX
system will have fewer connections than
Ensuring that you have what you need to
Barrier piping is also strong enough to
a traditional rigid pipe installation, and
get the job done right is what we do.
withstand shipping and harsh job site
that practically eliminates the potential
conditions that exist in underground
Like other PEX systems, insulated
applications. Plus, with Viega standing behind the system, you can trust that it will always perform above and beyond your expectations, so you can complete the job with confidence and peace of mind. Viega’s insulated PEX Barrier piping is suitable for distribution in radiant and snow melting applications. This new piping solution is a bonded system with closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation. It also incorporates a proprietary membrane that provides superior R-value retention by reducing off gassing. Insulated piping reduces heat loss, and its high compressive strength makes it ideal for areas with high traffic loads. As with any PEX solution from Viega, insulated PEX Barrier piping offers a complete range of pipe, fittings, and accessories. This piping is pre-marked every meter. For installing this new piping solution, a standard trenching machine should be able to provide a deep enough cavity (16 inches to 24 inches) to handle foot or car traffic loads. Insulated pipe can bend in any direction around trees, shrubs, or
Insulated pipe fittings paired with insulation kits ensure a secure, fully insulated connection.
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Ball valves in brass, Zero Lead bronze, and stainless steel
The washer hose depicted in this image is not sold or endorsed by Viega LLC.
Connecting your next ball valve just got easier with Viega ProPress. For potable water applications, you can choose between 316 stainless steel and Viegaâ€™s unique Zero Lead silicon-bronze alloy. Both materials are available in a range of sizes and configurations. Viega also offers brass ball valves for non-potable water applications. Engineered with the same high quality and reliability as all Viega press fittings, our ball valves provide confidence in your connections. Viega. Connected in Quality. 26 | Viega Voice | April 2017
COLORADO CONTRACTOR OPTS TO PRESS IN COLD WEATHER J
ames Music, general manager of Anytime Mechanical in Arvada, CO,
has always been a lucky guy. Music recalled a story about winning a backhoe once. Winning the piece of construction equipment was lucky enough, but what made it really special was who awarded it to him. Back when Music was 18 years old, he tried for a position at a water company, and part of the test included operating a backhoe. He’d aced the maintenance test, and he been given 20 minutes to dig a hole using the equipment. He’d never been in a backhoe before, but he was game to try it. But after only 10 minutes, the supervisor kicked him out because it didn’t look like he was going to succeed.
ViegaPEX Ultra tubing is available in red and blue to distinguish hot and cold potable water lines.
“We introduced the PEX line to them, and now they're stocking it!” James Music
General Manager, Anytime Mechanical
Winning the backhoe all those years later became even more special because the man who had to award it to him was the same supervisor from that job site. continued on page 28 Viega. Connected in quality.
“We're old school, so it wasn't easy to stop soldering, but when we're building hotels and time is of the essence, why not?” James Music General Manager, Anytime Mechanical
Viega MegaPress is available in the widest variety of fitting configurations on the market.
Luck has a funny way of turning tables on
you have to use a hairdryer on it to coax
method in winter?” Music said. “And with
us when we least expect it.
the gas pipe, you don’t have to set up the
But while Music feels like a lucky guy, it isn’t just luck that’s gotten him where he is today. It’s reliability. “We completed our first hotel using
It was about that time when Music met his local Viega representative. “When I ran into my local rep, I started looking at the Viega systems,” Music
pipe-threading machine. You don’t have all those required tools. All you need is your press tool.” Music stays loyal to his suppliers.
Viega, a Residence Inn,” Music said.
said. “And I realized it would solve a lot of
He’s been with George T. Sanders for 34
“And we have two more that we’re doing.
the problems we’d been having.”
years, and one thing he identifies as the
Anytime Mechanical is becoming a commodity in the hotels in this area.” In fact, Anytime Mechanical is
Music and Anytime Mechanical elected to try installing Viega PEX Systems in the Residence Inn at the
most important aspect in a manufacturer is service. “Service is a must,” he said. “That’s
installing the plumbing systems in three
Denver Airport to see how the
really important for me. Viega products
projects on a corner near the airport,
are good quality, but their service is good
all of them either Hilton or Marriott brand hotels. “We also landed a Springhill Suites in Centennial,” Music said. “And now we’re getting calls to go to Phoenix.” Music has been plumbing in Colorado
“So we tried it out,” Music said.
too. I know I can call my rep and he’ll do
“We introduced our supplier, George T.
whatever he can to take care of it for me.
Sanders, to it.”
That’s the experience I’ve had with him.”
“We introduced the PEX line to them,” Music said, “and now they’re stocking it!” Anytime Mechanical didn’t just install
Since installing Viega systems, Music has become a representative for the Viega systems all across Colorado.
for more than 30 years, but Anytime
Viega PEX Systems in the Residence Inn.
Mechanical started up in 2012, a
They also installed Viega MegaPressG for
about the product,” Music said. “It’s
minority business run by his girlfriend
black iron pipe in sizes up to 2".
been a really good deal for us. In the
Jade Blanchard. “We used to use an expandable PEX
“We liked the gas pipe a lot,” Music
“I called my friends and told them
wintertime, you can’t go wrong.”
said. “I knew it was going to cost us
Music didn’t start out believing that
system,” Music said. “But it’s tough
more per fitting, but I also knew the
press technology would work better than
to install in the winter. When you try to
labor we were going to save would
conventional joining methods, but he has
expand plastic when it’s cold, it doesn’t
changed his tune. And luck had nothing
want to do it.” Many expandable plumbing
After their experience with ViegaPEX Ultra and Viega MegaPressG, Anytime
to do with it. “We’re old school, so it wasn’t easy
system manufacturers hold that simply
Mechanical has decided that they’ll be
to stop soldering,” he said, “but when
heating the PEX tubing avoids these
installing Viega systems in every new
we’re building hotels and time is of the
complications. But Music and his
hotel they do.
essence, why not?”
partners decided it was a lot of trouble. “It has a memory on it,” he said, “but it forgets what it’s supposed to do. So 28 | Viega Voice | April 2017
“Who can measure how much time and money you save if you’re using a press method in lieu of the expandable
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN A BOOM TOWN Star, ID, a bedroom community to
Apartments. This brand new 37-unit
Individual units will range in size from
Boise, is growing at an unprecedented
complex sits on 2.7 acres near
670 square feet for a single bedroom to
rate. In 13 years, from 2000 to 2013,
910 square feet for a two bedroom. The
the city’s population spiked almost 270
Brian Watson with Elite Mechanical in
complex will also have three-bedroom
percent. Nearly all of that population is
Meridian, ID, is the contractor installing
townhouses. Thirty-two units in total will
urban. When a small town becomes a
the plumbing and heating systems in the
be reserved as affordable housing options
boom town, almost everything gets more
Moon Valley Apartments.
for the local community.
expensive, especially housing costs. That’s why affordable housing options
The Elite Mechanical team is installing
Construction began in September,
Viega MegaPressG for black iron pipe
and the first residential building should be
are so important. Currently several
for the project’s natural gas system as
available for residents in March 2017.
affordable housing projects are underway
well as ViegaPEX Ultra tubing with Viega
in Star, one of which is the Moon Valley
PEX Press fittings for the project’s potable water.
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EARN YOUR ASSE INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION IN HYDRONICS FROM VIEGA O nce installed primarily in European countries, radiant heating and
cooling systems are becoming more
popular in the United States. While the theory of how radiant systems work is simpleâ€”and proven, dating back to Korea in the Bronze Age and Ancient Romeâ€”installing a radiant system correctly takes training and design. You can attend a manufacturer's training course for nearly every brand of radiant on the market, but how can you be sure that training will meet the standards of the industry? If training doesn't prepare you for an industry-approved installation, your project may suffer unnecessary delays and callbacks. That's where the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) comes in. RPA designed a standardized course for radiant installation, the ASSE/IAPMO/ ANSI Standard 19000 Hydronic Systems Certification Program. Viega is the first manufacturer to be certified to offer this course. What's more, one of our radiant instructors, Jim Erhardt, is one of only 11 other radiant industry professionals officially certified to teach it. Erhardt, an industry professional with more than 40 years in hydronic heating experience, believes that there is more to installing radiant systems than just understanding the products themselves. "Today's hydronic contractor must be familiar with not only specific equipment installation requirements, but also how
This three-day course covers the
Hydronics Heating and Cooling Installers.
all the pieces of a hydronic system must
concepts and definitions of a radiant
Don't let a lack of training prevent you
be selected and installed," he said. "This
system installation, including system
from differentiating your business with
will ensure that these systems deliver
components and their proper installation,
radiant systems, not when Viega has a
the comfort, efficiency, and reliability our
tubing, code requirements, system
certified solution that will help you.
commissioning, documentation, and
The ASSE Standard 19210 Hydronics
This exciting new class begins in
more. The 24 hours of training ends
April. Enroll now to reserve your seat, and
Heating and Cooling Installer Training
in a 100-question examination, and
you can earn your ASSE International
Course is open for enrollment at the
upon passing, trainees will be certified
Viega Educational Facility in Nashua, NH.
by ASSE International as Professional
30 | Viega Voice | April 2017
TECH TALK Viega Tech Talk Experts Jason Allison, Jacob Demars, and David Melendy
Q Are Viega ProPress for copper fittings Q Is the floor sensor from an old 18030 Stadler-Viega thermostat suitable to be pressed onto hydronic baseboard tubing? A Yes. ProPress for copper fittings may be used on baseboard tubing as long as you incorporate an insert stiffener
Q Can ViegaPEX Ultra be used for standalone fire protection systems,
compatible with the new Viega Digital
or is it limited to multipurpose and
passive purge systems?
A No. Even though both floor sensors are two-wire, water-sealed probes
A Yes. Per NFPA 13D, ViegaPEX Ultra tubing is permitted for installation in
with the fitting. Most fin-tube baseboard
that accurately measure slab or
standalone fire protection systems,
emitters are constructed of type-M
floor temperatures, they are not
but there are a few considerations you
tubing that is stretched, so you need an
interchangeable. Both thermostats
should know about. Prior to the 2013
insert stiffener to provide rigidity to the
measure floor temperature via a
edition of NFPA 13D, all materials
tube. This will ensure that a permanent
thermistor, a temperature sensitive
installed in stand-alone fire protection
mechanical connection can be made
resistor commonly used in the heating
systems had to be rated to 175 PSI. The
when you make the joint. To complement
industry. As temperature increases or
only allowance for materials rated at
our standard ProPress for copper fittings
decreases, a thermistor will register a
130 PSI was for multipurpose systems.
used with fin-tube heat-type emitters,
change in resistance. A thermistor is
Traditionally, in a multipurpose system,
Viega also offers a ProPress for copper
typically identified by the resistance it will
plumbing codes restricted the maximum
90째 extended street elbow. This fitting
register at 77째F.
pressure to 80 PSI.
is designed to provide an extra length
The sensor included with the old Stadler-
In 2013, NFPA revised 13D to allow PEX
for penetrating through floors with a
Viega Thermostat is a 30K thermistor,
tubing to be installed in a standalone
CTS-OD copper stub, which gives you
so at 77째 it will read 30,000 ohms. The
system. That system must be supplied
something to press.
sensor used in the newer Viega 18050
by the same water supply that serves
On the street end, you can install either
thermostat is a 10K thermistor and will
the domestic plumbing fixtures where
a Viega ProPress fitting or a ProPress-
read 10,000 ohms at 77째F.
incoming pressure is below 80 PSI. If
to-PEX Press adapter for a copper-to-
When you upgrade to the new
the water pressure is above 80 PSI, a
PEX transition where ViegaPEX Barrier
thermostat, you will need to upgrade
pressure-reducing valve can be used to
or FostaPEX tubing is being used as as
your floor sensor because the
limit the water pressure level.
Digital Thermostat reads a different
For systems that have a fire department
connection (FDC), NFPA maintains the requirement to pipe the system with materials rated to 175 PSI. Viega. Connected in quality.
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