For facility managers planning a fire sprinkler system, whether for new construction or renovation, the protection of people and property is the top priority. But cost is also an important consideration, both for installation and for long-term maintenance.
It’s one of the main reasons BlazeMaster® fire sprinkler systems are the right choice for a range of commercial projects.
Save Money on Sprinkler Systems
Compared to steel pipe, installing BlazeMaster pipe and fitting systems can save up to 30% on labor and material costs. In the long run, facility managers will benefit from less maintenance costs – and hassles – because BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems are naturally resistant to corrosion and scaling (mineral buildup).
Here’s a deeper dive into three key ways that BlazeMaster pipe and fitting systems save costs:
1. Superior hydraulic performance reduces material costs
BlazeMaster pipe and fittings provide a smoother interior surface than steel pipe. This ensures more reliable hydraulic performance and allows designers to use smaller pipe sizes, significantly reducing material costs.
Here’s the science behind that benefit: Reliable hydraulic performance is critical to ensuring enough water reaches a fire to extinguish or suppress it. The Hazen Williams C-Factor formula was developed to calculate the impact of pipe area on hydraulic performance.
BlazeMaster pipes and fittings have a C factor of 150 and maintain this rating throughout their service life as the material is naturally resistant to corrosion and scaling. In contrast, steel pipes have a lower C factor of 120 and this rating drops throughout its life of the pipe as the surface deteriorates due to corrosion and scaling.
Because of this issue, BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems provide a significant hydraulic advantage that impacts both system performance and material cost.
2. Ease of installation offers lower labor costs than steel pipe
BlazeMaster pipe and fittings are much easier to install than steel pipe, reducing labor costs. Compared to traditional metal pipes, BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems are:
- Lightweight. Steel pipe is 84% heavier than BlazeMaster pipe and fittings. Therefore, there is no need for special equipment to move it around the job site and have multiple installers in one area.
- Flexible. Installers can easily install it in narrow and hard-to-reach areas. This is one of the main reasons why an entrepreneur 35% reduction in labor costs on the renovation of an office complex.
- Easy to cut and join. Trained installers use basic hand tools and our quick, one-step solvent welding process, making fabrication and installation a one-person job. Metal pipes, on the other hand, require torches, noisy threading machines and an expensive hot-work permit – and multiple installers. BlazeMaster pipe and fitting systems reduce labor costs because fitters spend more time installing pipe and less time transporting electrical machinery to a job site.
- Adaptable. When there are changes, manufacturing can be completed on site. With steel pipe, parts of the fabrication are often done off-site by a fabricator ahead of time, adding another step – and therefore cost and time – to the process, especially when there is changes during installation. In contrast, BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems are manufactured on-site.
The clean, quiet, and quick installation method also allows contractors to:
- Minimize disruption during renovations. For example, the largest dormitory in the United States – over a million square feet – was modernized in record time with no student moves. In contrast, the noise, open flames, and large work crews required to install steel mean that occupants typically have to leave a building.
- Meet tight deadlines. The quick and easy installation method of BlazeMaster fire protection systems helps contractors meet the tightest deadlines. For example, the use of BlazeMaster pipe and fittings enabled a contractor to complete a huge live-work-play project quickly to help the company meet strong market demand.
3. Natural corrosion resistance reduces maintenance costs.
BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems resist corrosion – even in salt air environments and areas with fluctuating pH balances where steel pipes are more prone to corrosion. BlazeMaster is also naturally immune to scaling which impedes water flow. Natural resistance to corrosion and scaling is one of the main reasons BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems are designed for a 50 year life.
However, steel is subject to corrosion, which eats away at the inside of the pipe. This creates friction along the surface and eventually causes pinhole leaks that lead to costly and disruptive repairs. The combination of water, water treatment chemicals and oxygen can cause corrosion to begin in as little as two years after installation.
Wide range of commercial applications
Specially designed to protect people and property worldwide, BlazeMaster pipe and fittings are listed for all light hazard applications as defined by NFPA 13. This means that BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems are ideal for many commercial buildings, including:
- Retirement homes
- Places of worship
- Theaters and auditoriums
Achieve sustainability goals
Compared to steel pipe, BlazeMaster pipe and fittings offer significant environmental benefits for those who engage in environmentally responsible construction techniques. In fact, BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems outperform steel systems in 12 of 13 environmental categories in a peer-reviewed, ISO standard. life cycle assessment.
Science, service and security
Backed by Lubrizol Corporation’s nearly 60 years of CPVC experience, BlazeMaster pipe and fittings provide the safety and service expected of any fire protection system. Our commitment to science, service and security has established BlazeMaster pipe and fittings as the most specified system of its kind.
Find out how BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems is right for your next project at BlazeMaster.com.