This blog aims to highlight the various different kinds of thermal pipe insulation, and highlight their particular strengths and weaknesses.
Choosing the right product for your application helps to avoid wasting money, and understanding more about what you are doing helps you to avoid making mistakes.
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Kingspan Delivers for M&S
A giant new Marks & Spencer’s distribution centre in
Castle Donington, capable of storing twelve jumbo jets, has achieved a BREEAM
‘Excellent’ rating with the help of Kingspan Multibeam and Multichannel,
Kingspan Insulated Panels’ Structural Products & Systems.
The East Midlands Distribution Centre (EMDC), designed by
architects Isherwood McCann, stands at over 25 metres tall and helped create
around one thousand jobs when it opened in April. The centre is also one of the
most environmentally efficient distribution operations in the country.
Robin Orgill, Operations Manager from main contractors
Winvic discussed the construction: “This was an extremely ambitious project and
the key challenge for us on-site was to ensure that we met the tight
construction deadlines, while also delivering a building which met the
standards required for BREEAM ‘Excellent’.
The Kingspan Multibeam system had been successfully
installed as part of another M&S distribution centre in Bradford and this
gave us confidence that, combined with the Kingspan Multichannel sections it
could deliver the structural performance we needed, on schedule. Consequently
we were able to complete the construction of the steel framework, including
over 60,000 m2 of the Kingspan Multichannel and Multibeam products, in a period
of just 10 weeks.”
Kingspan Multibeam is a purlin and rail system which is
suitable for bay spans of up to 15 metres. This system can also typically be
installed with fewer components than other systems, allowing a quicker and more
efficient assembly process. Kingspan Multichannel sections are designed to
complement the Kingspan Multibeam system, providing a lightweight, robust
construction which is suitable for a wide range of structural applications,
including horizontal cladding support, door and window trimmers, wind bracing
and mezzanine floor beams.
Kingspan Insulated Panels’ Structural Products & Systems
have been awarded a Gold Standard under the Steel Construction Sustainability
Charter (SCSC) and both Multibeam and Multichannel were able to contribute
towards the centre’s BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The products are designed to
deliver maximum structural performance from a minimum amount of steel content,
and are packaged using recyclable low carbon mild steel banding, biodegradable paper
labels, and ethically sourced softwood bearers. The EMDC site also contains a
range of other environmental and ethical solutions, including Europe’s largest
solar wall, as part of Marks and Spencer’s “Plan A” commitment to become the
world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015.
The design, detailing and ordering of components from
Kingspan Insulated Panels’ Structural Products & Systems is straightforward
with the use of its brand new Toolkit 8 Design Software. The software provides
Kingspan Multibeam and Multichannel design solutions to both British Standards
(BS) and Eurocodes (EC). It offers purlin, rail, eaves beam and parapet post
solutions. To use online or download the latest copy, simply visitwww.kingspanstructural.com/Software/Toolkit-8/
Next up in the series we are doing on pipe insulation is "flexible foams"; a category that includes polyethylene and expanded nitrile rubber.
Polyethylene Pipe Insulation Climaflex pipe insulation is the UK's leading brand for polyethylene pipe insulation. This is the grey foam that most people are familiar with, the kind you would traditionally find in garden centres for example. Polyethylene is the cheapest, widely available product in the market. People very often wrongly assume cheap means poor quality, this is not the case with a brand such as Climaflex. It has a thermal conductivity of 0.034 W/m.K at 0°C which is broadly equal to that of any other flexible foam, and it also has a much higher "μ factor" than other foams, making it more resistant to moisture ingress. These facotrs make it ideal for use around the home, being easy to work with and providing good insulation. The material can be purchased in 1m and 2m lengths, and is available in wall thicknesse…
Our Beginners Guide series of blogs will look at the common areas of pipe insulation lagging that you will want to look at when choosing your product. This guide will be of most interest to the DIY installers, but some of our later guides will cover more complex products and areas of application.
One of the things we get asked about a lot is what the dimensions quoted for pipe insulation actually mean. You will always see three measurements quoted when describing pipe insulation; Wall Thickness, Bore Size and Length.
In the below diagram, A is the "Bore" and B is the "Wall".
Wall thickness is very simply how much insulation you have; so for example if you have 13mm Wall pipe insulation, then that means you have 13mm of insulation on either side of your pipe. This thickness is very often one of the most important part of your decision; too thin and you might not get the results you are looking for but too thick and it might not fit between your pipe and the wall.
With the cold weather approaching we thought it would be a good idea to touch on how best to protect your pipes from frost this winter.
When dealing with frost protection on pipes inside a building your aim with insulating them is to delay the onset of freezing for as long as possible; it is not possible to guarantee a pipe will not freeze by insulation alone. The better the insulation, and the thicker the insulation, the longer you will give yourself. Under normal circumstances you aim to give yourself about 8-10 hours protection against sub zero temperatures. With pipes inside a home this is usually long enough to be sure the pipes will not freeze.
Ice formation inside the pipes will lead to an increase in pressure. As the water tries to flow this pressure will increase, and eventually will lead to the pipes bursting. A burst pipe can cause a lot of problems, not least of which is a lot of damage to your property and a lot of expense incurred.