The Suitability and Use of Stainless Steel for Plumbing Applications

This BSSA Special Report, published in February 2003, provides a synopsis of a research project carried out by the BSSA on the suitability of stainless steel tube & fitting products for internal building plumbing applications. The material, environmental, economic and aesthetic benefits of stainless steels in plumbing applications are outlined and the use of stainless steel plumbing in Scottish hospitals reviewed. European regulations are summarized, before a discussion on the market place perceptions of stainless steels and cost analysis is discussed. It is concluded that stainless steel is particularly suited to large-scale plumbing installations, such as hospitals, children?s and old peoples homes, prisons, schools and hotels, where health and safety are prime considerations.

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