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Value Engineering

Value Engineering (VE) in its original context is not a bad thing – it is a process conducted by engineers, contractors, building owners and others in the construction industry to optimize the resources (money, time, materials) available, without compromising the quality of the building.

Unfortunately, it has become a cost-cutting practice that can compromise the building and sometimes results in higher costs for the owner. This is especially true when it comes to substituting plastic for cast iron. In fact, a recent study of plumbing engineers found that 61% of VE requests they received were not in the client’s best interest.

There are solid reasons that an engineer specifies a product as the most suitable material for an application, and those reasons should be strongly considered during the value engineering process. To help in the decision-making process, here are a few resources that can help you decide whether to use cast iron or plastic pipe and fittings. These tools can also be used to help protect engineer’s specifications.



Value Engineering Considerations (Brochure with Checklist!)
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Article Reprint – Value Engineering Has Gone Too Far

Sound Design in Drain, Waste and Vent Lines  [172k pdf]

Cast Iron Brochure

New Survey Finds That Value Engineering Is on the Rise Despite Negative Outcomes  [825k pdf]

Value Engineering Checklist  [46k pdf]

Whitepaper - Navigating the PVC VE Proposal [98k pdf]


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