Rautitan gets royal approval for luxury Edinburgh apartments

Rehau’s Rautitan universal pipework solution has been installed in 13 luxury apartments, located on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The four-floor building has been constructed on top of a concrete deck which sits above the High Street’s listed properties and much of the structure is made of timber. However, the extensive use of wood in the construction was a problem when it came to the specification of plumbing pipework for the apartments, as it effectively ruled out the use of traditional copper piping and an alternative needed to be found.

RSP Consulting Engineers specified Rehau’s Rautitan universal pipe solution for the job. Recently launched to the UK market, Rautitan is fully certified as hygienic for drinking water, and has a smooth inner surface to prevent deposits from forming in the pipe. When used with Rehau’s joint system, it is said to offer cavity-free impermeable joints which reportedly eliminates the risk of microbial contamination, and the possible growth of legionella bacteria.

Rautitan can also be used for radiator connections and installations through the floors, skirting boards and walls. As it can be used for both drinking water, and heating systems, specification and installation of the pipework is said to be very simple and cost-effective.

Lengths of Rautitan pipework are joined together using the compression sleeve jointing system, which produces a permanently sealed joint without O-rings. Using the specialist Rautool device, installers simply expand the pipe end, insert the fitting and apply the compression sleeve.

Rautitan is available in fully flexible and rigid options, with pre-insulation if required for pipes between 16 and 25mm in the Flex range and 16-63mm in the Stabil pipes, offering installers a solution for virtually every application.