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TABS - Thermally Active Building Structure Pipe

TABS Videos - Innovative, Sustainable and Cost-Efficient

Uponor TABS is a radiant heating and cooling system which uses the concrete mass of the building structure to store and exchange thermal energy with the neighbouring areas of the building.

Watch the TABS videos below to find out more.

TABS Videos

TABS Video Transcriptions

Video 1

How Does Radiant Heating Work?

Radiant systems are able to maintain high comfort level but reducing building
energy consumption and cost due to their specific thermal behaviour in exchanging heat
with the indoor environment and its occupant. In fact, traditional HVAC systems are
characterised by opposite functioning principle with respect to radiant systems.

HVAC terminal devices are located in a specific point of a room and high temperature
water is supplied in winter around 70 or 80 degrees for radiators and low temperature in
summer, around 7 degrees for fan coils. Moreover, they exchange it mainly through
convection with the room air while the radiant exchange is very limited. 

On the contrary, radiant systems operate by water temperature near the room temperature and mainly by radiant heat exchange allowing a perfect thermal balance of the human body.
Moreover, radiant systems optimise the comfort perception acting both on wall temperatures and on the air temperature. 

Thanks to this mechanism, high thermal comfort can be provided with lower air temperature.
As a consequence, high comfort level with low energy consumptions”

Video 2

What are the benefits of radiant heating and cooling systems?

We ask every day if we are doing enough. Choosing an Uponor radiant system you can
save primary energy and CO2 emission compared to a traditional heating/cooling system.
You will contribute further also to safeguarding the planet. 

A house heated and cooled with Uponor radiant system is healthier, optimal internal temperature distribution it’s practically noiseless and as it minimised air circulation, the absence of draught and dust problems make Uponor radiant systems the ideal place also for the elderly, children and even for allergy sufferers. 

The absence of radiators, fan coils or other cumbersome devices means complete freedom in terms of layout and furnishing and allows all available space to be utilized to it’s full potential. You can save energy and reduce co2 emissions – it is because our solutions are conceived and designed to work with moderate temperature of the water and the large radiant heating and cooling surfaces ensure maximum comfort using minimal energy.

With Uponor radiant system you can enjoy a 360 degree comfort. 

Uponor will always ensure the feeling of well-being every day and every season of the year.”


Video 3

Uponor Thermatop S – Ceiling Cooling and Heating

A single surface for both cooling and heating
Energy-efficient solution
Easily adaptable to both renovations and new builds
Fast installation: 80m2 by 4 installers in 1 day
Matching components and technologies
1 contact for design, delivery and support

Benefits for you home and office:
High energy efficiency – small cooling/heating water temperature difference to room temperature
Invisible – provides architectural freedom
Completely silent – maximum comfort due to zero noise or air currents
Hygienic – does not spread viruses

CD-profiles of the drywall construction are pre-installed before the cooling and heating panels
The Thermatop S panels can be easily clipped into the profiles without tools
Modules are available in 6 sizes to fit any room design
9.9mm Uponor Comfort Pipes are connected using Uponor’s Quick and Easy system

Uponor Q&E Rapid Seal Heads:
New Oponor heads: up to 60% faster sealing connection even in cold temperatures
Drastically reduces the time to pressure test

Seamless ceiling surfaces:
Cover the system with a variety of different gypsum panel solutions that fit your design
Possible integration of lighting, air vents, fire alarm systems, sprinklers, speakers and more

Cooling and heating:
The manifold can be connected to heat pumps or other high-efficiency systems

Consult your planner and installer before selecting a solution
If needed contact Uponor for planning assistance or installation instructions
Supervise safe and accurate delivery
Sort your system parts and store them covered in a safe indoor location
Install the CD profiles with your drywall team
Install the Thermatop S system with your plumbing team
Finish drywall panel installation after the system was pressure-tested

Moving Forward – Uponor


Video 4

“Uponor PEX Pipe Blue: The world’s first bio-based PEX pipes

What does Sustainability Mean to you?

For us it means supporting you to reach your sustainability goals and reduce buildings CO2 footprint….. and to start at the very beginning.

We enable sustainable construction. it is our commitment and responsibility to set new standards with a sustainable choice

and to keep the best quality and performance so that we can preserve this beautiful planet for our future generations.

The world’s first bio-based pex pipes:

With a reduced CO2 footprint of up to 90%

Based on the mass balance approach.

ISCC certified bio-based material

Go Blue

with Uponor bio-based Pex Pipe Blue.

Together we can lead the way to green building! So, let’s Go Blue!

Moving Forward…..Uponor.”


Video 5

“UPONOR ProPEX – The Future of Plumbing

So, what’s ProPEX?

ProPEX is basically an expansion-type joint that was developed by Uponor a while back that’s becoming exponentially popular and it’s a total game-changer in the plumbing and heating world in terms of speed, reliability and performance.

Now I’ve worked countless hours with this system and I know all the ins and outs that there are to know and in this video I want to share with you all the details I learned on how this system works, the expansion tools themselves and how they expand, the pros and cons and who it’s meant for. So without further ado, let’s get started.

First of all, how does an expansion joint work?
An expansion joint is basically a tool that expands a pipe just enough to accept a proprietary fitting and shrinks under it’s own elasticity back onto it thanks to this ring to create a water tight seal that gets stronger with time. This expanding and shrinking process also known as “cold expansion” can only be accomplished with a certain type of PEX – and that is Pex-A.
Pex-A compared to Pex-B and Pex-C, has a different chemical makeup that allows it to come back to it’s original shape, making all of this possible.

About a decade ago Uponor started off with this – this is their manual expansion tool. The manual expanion tool basically uses a pair of handles to actuate the expansion head and worked well in the beginning but it had one major flaw to it and that was that the head
didn’t auto rotate itself. For an expanion joint not to leak the entire joint needs to be expanded.
If we look at the front of the head, we can see that only the part that is in contact during expansion gets expanded. This meant that the installer had to manually rotate the head to get proper expansions. So you can quickly see where this became a problem. Some new installers wouldn’t be aware of this and there would be leaks. So, Uponor came up with this gadget right here called the auto-rotation adaptor which would auto rotate the head and the problem was fixed.

However, their plans to make an electric or battery operated tool would solve this problem altogether. Fast forward to today, Uponor partnered up with Milwaukee and other known companies to bring the battery operated M12 and M18 expanders.

So off the bat the heads auto-rotate on both of these models which is something we don’t have to worry about anymore. The M12 model expands 1/2 inch to 1 inch and the M18 will do 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches. Going from one size to another is pretty simple. Just unscrew the head, make sure it’s well greased and screw the new one in and you’re set.

Now I know you guys want to see the Forcelogic behemoth that does 2 inch to 3 inch expansion joints but I’m keeping the hype for the end.

So that was some info on the tools, now let’s make a few connections together and go through some of the important things to remember when working with Propex. The first thing that needs to be done is to push the ring onto the pipe. 

Before, Uponor’s rings didn’t have a stopper and would go beyond the edge of the pipe. So they improved them by making a stopper on the front which ensures proper placement making them basically dummy-proof.

As we see here, the fitting won’t go in so the next step is to expand the joint until it reaches the shoulder of the die. Give it a few extra cycles to buy you some time and quickly insert the fitting ensuring it reaches the stops. At this point, you want to keep the fitting there for a few seconds
to let the pipe shrink itself. And then the joint is complete and ready for testing. It’s literally that simple.

What’s nice about Uponor fittings is that they are full bored compared to other Pex fittings. Crimped fittings which use PEX-B have a smaller diameter compared to Uponor’s PEX-A fittings as we can see here. This allows for better flow which means you wouldn’t get any loss in pressure when other fixtures are in use. If, let’s say, you need to make a connection with two fittings that are close together, there is a minimum length of pipe to respect, and each joint needs to be fully expanded before inserting the fittings. Let me show you what I mean.
If you were to expand one side, insert the fitting and expand the other side, the tools head would go into the other fitting and crack it open. So this procedure needs to be respected. You basically fully expand one side then the other and alternate on both sides a couple of times before installing it.

Here is a chart that gives you the minimum length for each pipe size. As for this assembly it’s pretty simple too. Just heat the joint with a heat gun, cut the ring and pull the pipe out. Just make sure when doing this that you don’t nick the fitting because if you do, it will leak.

On smaller fittings it might be worth just replacing it but on larger diameter joints it could be really worth the time as fittings start to get really expensive.

And lastly, if ever you’ve expanded a pipe a got distracted for whatever reason, you can expand it as many times as you want. So it’s very forgiving.

Onto the pro’s and con’s now.

For the pro’s this systems doesn’t use flames or chemicals like when soldering copper, you can install it wet which can’t be done when soldering and it doesn’t require as many connections as PEX-B as it’s really easy to bend. Pex-A fittings have better flow that PEx-B fittings as they
have a larger bore. Another nice feature is that they can’t be dry fitted like copper or Pex meaning that if they aren’t completely on you’ll have a good visual indication that they aren’t which is something you don’t get with copper or Pex. As with any other Pex system, Pex is lightweight, doesn’t corrode like copper does, and has way better freeze resistance compared to copper. So before it splits it’ll expand much like with the connections. And lastly, if ever you kinked your pipe, you can always heat it up to get it back to it’s original shape. Pex B and Pex C do not have this feature. And that’s it for the pro’s.

As for the con’s, Uponor fittings and rings are more expensive than other connections like soldered copper and crimped Pex and the tools have an initial cost as well. The M-12 version runs from about $550 US, the M-18 is $950 and the Forcelogic will set you back about $3000.
So yes, they are a bit expensive at first but your return on investment will catch up real quickly.

Now you guys have been waiting long enough. This is the Forcelogic expander and it could expand from 2 inch to a whopping 3 inch. That’s totally insane. So let’s see this bad boy doing it’s thing. The Forcelogic unlike the two other models from before will expand automatically
after the trigger has been pressed. So it’s basically the same thing as the others I showed before. I’m not going to explain everything again but it’s just amazing that we are able to expand to this diameter in such little time with no flames no chemicals and with minimal effort. Once it’s fully expanded, just insert and you’re done. I’ve soldered quite a lot of 2 inch and 3 inch copper joints in my career and the first thing that comes to mind when using this tool is that it’s quicker, easier and so much simpler to create a joint. You normally need to de-burr, sand, flux the pipe before actually soldering and with this, none of that is needed.

Also, this system is becoming mandatory on a lot of LEED and wooden job sites now. So by using this system you’ll be future proofing your business which means more money in your pocket and more time for the next job.

So who is this system for?

If you’re a homeowner looking to do some fixing at home, the manual expander will do just fine. If you’re an entrepreneur who does light and heavy residential work, the M-12 and M-18 might be good options for you. And for the Forcelogic, well, it’s meant to be used in heavy commercial jobs. I personally highly recommend the system for anyone who wants to use it. Like I said, I worked countless hours with it and never had a problem.”




We trust you enjoyed the TABS videos and that you found them informative.  If you require any more information, contact us.