Not All Alloys are Created Equal - 321

Includes a Live Event on 12/02/2020 at 10:00 AM (CST)

The Safe Water Drinking Act of 2014 changed the way valves are manufactured and as a result changed the valve material components that are now on specifications. However, some engineering firms have not updated their valve specifications since 2014. This presentation will dive into when to install brass, bronze, stainless steel, iron, or thermoplastics based on the application, while also discussing how these materials may have changed with the lead-free laws. A discussion of brass versus bronze will reveal that some materials in the industry labeled as bronze actually are brass materials according to the Copper Development Association. The goal of the presentation is to enlighten the audience about what valve material to use in certain applications based on the fluid running through the valve.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the valve materials that are listed in the plumbing design handbook and the materials that are not listed although they are often used in commercial plumbing design. 
  2. Define the differences of brass versus bronze, discuss the changes in alloy composition, highlight alloy definitions from the Copper Institute, discuss heat treated brass, and dezincification susceptibility.
  3. Understand when to choose iron, malleable iron, and stainless steel in design based upon fluid and application with a detailed discussion on industrial design.
  4. Demonstrate when to apply a thermoplastic material option which is commonly used in design but not specifically identified in the design handbook.

Lauren Berenato

National Specification Manager

Lauren Berenato has been with Jomar Group since February of 2019.  She is the national specifications manager for the commercial plumbing division of the company.  She connects their manufacturer’s representative agencies in the United States with Jomar to help advance the plumbing and hydronics industries to the most efficient methods of developing their systems.  Prior to working with Jomar, Lauren served as the national business development manager with a valve manufacturer.  She has been involved in the plumbing and hydronics industries since 2016.

She is a member of ASPE, ASA, and AIM/R; within ASA she is involved in the emerging leaders division, plumbing division as well as women in industry division.  Lauren serves on the ASPE Region 1 Board as the affiliate liaison member.


Not All Alloys are Created Equal Live Program
12/02/2020 at 10:00 AM (CST)   |  60 minutes
12/02/2020 at 10:00 AM (CST)   |  60 minutes
Presentation Handout
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource.
4 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  3/4 points to pass
4 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  3/4 points to pass
2020 Digital Conference Post-session Survey
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2020 Digital Conference Session Certificate - Not All Alloys are Created Equal - 321
0.10 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
0.10 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available