Efficient Plumbing System Earns Ingenuity Award

Filed in Awards, International Builders' Show by on February 16, 2018 2 Comments

Innovations in residential construction are what the annual International Builders’ Show is all about. There were countless products on display at the 2018 show, and some earned international accolades for product ingenuity.

Among them, this year’s Spark Award — presented by the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) to honor an LSC member for developing the most cutting-edge product or service that “takes the home building industry to the next level”— went to the SharkBite EvoPEX.

SharkBite touts the EvoPEX as the first push-to-connect rough-in plumbing system, which allows for a much more efficient installation than traditional systems. The product’s ease of installation is also said to reduce the risk of installation errors, which can often lead to leaks.

“Winning this award is a tremendous honor,” said Cindy Welsh, product sales manager at Sharkbite. “The plumbing system is one of the most critical components of residential construction, which is why we are continuously creating innovative solutions like the EvoPEX to improve efficiency and performance.”

Welsh was on hand to accept the award during the suppliers’ reception held at The New American Home 2018 during this year’s IBS in Orlando. She not only acknowledged the prestige of the award, but also the benefits of the LSC.

“Being a member of the Leading Suppliers Council has been incredibly beneficial for us,” Welsh said. “One of the biggest advantages of [the LSC] is that it provides a great forum for manufacturers to showcase their products in an actual home like The New American Home, which gets an enormous amount of added exposure.”

Applications for next year’s LSC Spark Award will be accepted beginning late this summer. Visit nahb.org/sparkaward for more information, or contact Jackie Barnes at 800-368-5242 x8247 for information about the award or how to become an LSC member.



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  1. TP says:

    What’s the I.D. of that fitting vs the I.D. of the pex tubing?
    Sure looks restrictive.

    • NAHB Now says:

      Thanks for your question. Here is the manufacturer’s response: “EvoPEX is an insert fitting, the same as a crimp fitting. It does not restrict flow as the flow is controlled by the fixture which is mandated by the Department of Energy. Pressure loss affects flow. All fittings are a source of pressure loss. The EvoPEX fittings have less total pressure loss than crimp fittings due to the design of the fittings. Flow tests conducted with all PEX systems have shown minimal pressure loss difference between the systems that would affect flow from each fixture.”

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