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SharkBite EvoPEX Gets Green Light from City of Buffalo, NY

The City of Buffalo, NY approved SharkBite EvoPEX for installation without the need to upsize the plumbing system.

SharkBite EvoPEX tee and blue pex pipe

RWC’s achievements regarding codes and standards continue, with SharkBite EvoPEX receiving approval from the City of Buffalo, NY, on February 8, 2019. This approval allows installers to use SharkBite EvoPEX without the need to increase one standard pipe size.

In this Q&A, Rich Houle, RWC Director of Codes & Standards, tells us about the approval process and what it means for the future of plumbing installation with EvoPEX.

How does this approval benefit plumbing installers?

Getting this approval creates a more cost competitive system, so installers can increase their productivity by taking advantage of the speed of SharkBite EvoPEX, without having to go to a larger fitting size and larger tubing. This is great because installers can avoid incurring the material cost of upsizing their system.

What was the approval process like?

In the late summer of 2018, we got a call from our sales rep telling us that the City of Buffalo wanted us to upsize the EvoPEX system fittings from ½” to  ¾” because their existing local code required all plumbing systems to be proven before they could be installed. We did a flow test demonstration and proved that our system flows the same way any other system does. Now our fittings are approved in Buffalo without being upsized.

Are there any other areas where we have these kinds of limitations?

Yes, the state of Illinois has a requirement for upsizing all insert-type fittings. We have been working with them, proposing amendments to these requirements. In the last draft going through council, they have eliminated that requirement. The updated code will be published in 2019.

Check out information on SharkBite EvoPEX, and learn more about RWC’s recent accomplishments in the world of Codes & Standards.

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