Rest easy with Viega PEX Press behind the wall
Senior care is an important topic in Canada, where more than five million Canadians were 65 years of age or older as of 2015. That number is expected to double in the next 25 years to reach 10.4 million seniors by 2036, according to Statistics Canada.
Retirement communities, such as those offered by Shannex, make transitioning to a different type of lifestyle and accommodations hassle-free. A family-owned and operated business, Shannex operates 12 Parkland Retirement Living campuses located in communities throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario, as well as long-term care.
When their founder first started developing the concept for these campuses, which include multiple interconnected buildings, he selected a competitor's PEX crimp fittings for use in the facilities for the first 10 years in business. Since then, Darrell Dixon, Construction Manager for Shannex, started looking at the life cycle of the building and wants to ensure they will last for 100 years.
"What started happening – approximately 8 years ago – was we started having failures in the original buildings," Dixon said. "The cold expansion fittings on the reflex piping – where they stretch the pipe and put the fitting over – were actually breaking in the wall. Once that happened, we started revisiting the specs and standards with respect to not just potable water but all fittings inside the walls."
After some research, Dixon ultimately set a standard with his contractors that the pipe and fittings had to be manufactured to a specification and certified together. He mandated that the fitting be metallic and specified a positive connection with a crushable band that didn’t rely on reflex.
As Shannex continues to build, expand, and renovate its Parkland Retirement Living campuses, it is incorporating Viega PEX Press fittings in Zero Lead bronze.
Viega PEX Press has been included in eight facilities, with three in Nova Scotia and the remainder in New Brunswick. Today, Dixon and the staff and residents at Shannex campuses can rest easy knowing they are protected with Viega behind the walls.
"We had a history of problems, and we said we wanted to move to a spec and a standard that is going to ensure our buildings are 100-year buildings. That's what brought us to Viega," Dixon said. "We believe this is a well-manufactured and well-thought-of system. It’s not just a fitting or a pipe; it's a system."