Sustainability Remains Key Trend in Plumbing Practices and Materials

February 8, 2024

When it comes to the development of plumbing systems, according to the 2023 U.S. GMP Report, a focus on sustainability is key component of those plans. Whether for a residential or commercial application, there is a spotlight on safeguarding resources and lowering their environmental impact.

By integrating sustainable components into plumbing projects, professionals exhibit their allegiance to the environment. With that in mind, the following are ways the plumbing industry is bringing sustainability to the forefront.

  • Water Management: An important aspect of sustainable plumbing is products that lower water consumption while maintaining quality operation. Showerhead, faucets, and toilets that offer enhanced efficiency are desired by businesses and homeowners to decrease utility bills while conserving water.
  • Eco-Friendly Substances: sustainable pipe materials, such as PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride), are becoming more prevalent, as they are more enduring and impervious to corrosion. Other options are pipes created from recycled materials such as copper and lead-free plumbing elements. These types of substances not only lessen environmental impact, but they produce plumbing systems that last longer.
  • Improved Schematics: Sustainable building systems are becoming more widespread, such as designs that capture and reuse rainwater for irrigation, recirculating pumps, and energy-efficient water heater systems.

The use of eco-friendly materials and the implementation of the practices outlined promote a greener and healthier future not only for the plumbing industry, but for the world as a whole.

As an environmentally conscientious company, Herkowski Stickler & Associates believes sustainability will continue to be a driving force in the industry, fostering the use of eco-friendly materials and practices throughout plumbing projects. For more information on the sustainable products available from the manufactures HSA represents, email or visit