Tina Massel is the commercial water market manager for Corzan® Piping Systems, Noveon, Inc., Cleveland, OH. As an engineer with Noveon, Massel has spent eight years working in manufacturing in various process and project engineering roles, as well as almost five years in business roles involving technical service, code development and marketing. For the latest information regarding chemical compatibility of firestops and other building products with Noveon's trio of products-FlowGuard Gold®, Corzan®, and BlazeMaster® CPVC-refer to the Web sites at www.flowguardgold.com, www.corzancpvc.com, and www.blazemaster.com.
The surge in new construction in this country has prompted specifiers to evaluate alternative building materials that satisfy a never-ending demand for the timely and economical completion of projects. CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride), as an example, is in greater demand than ever before primarily because of its ability to produce a lower installed cost and more reliable, lower maintenance service life.