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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Industry heavyweights invest in world leading Ecobuild
Industry heavyweights invest in world leading Ecobuild
Over 44,500 attended the 2014 Ecobuild Event
Reinforcing its position as the world’s leading event for
sustainable design and construction, Ecobuild announces big brands investing in
the 2015 event (3rd to 5th March 2015, ExCeL London).
Travis Perkins, Kingspan Insulation, Scotscape, Mapei, ACO,
Polypipe, David Ball Group and Velfac are amongst the industry giants now
signed up, as well as fresh face Wavin.
“As the UK’s leading supplier of water management, plumbing,
heating and drainage systems for the building, construction and utilities
markets, it is important that we align ourselves with major events that address
the topics affecting the industry,” commented Mike Shaw, Head of Marketing at
Wavin. “Ecobuild brings together the key decision makers across the industry to
debate these topics, therefore offering the ideal opportunity for Wavin to
showcase its products, services and sustainability messages.”
Citing ‘renewed confidence in the green construction sector
combined with its strongest proposition ever’ for this flood of early
investment, Alison Jackson, Group Director of Sustainability &
Construction, Ecobuild said: “The cash injection from government initiatives
like the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and Green Deal provides fresh
opportunities and a much needed boost for sustainable construction. With over
44,500 attendees representing the entire buying and influencing chain, Ecobuild
is recognised by industry as the superior platform to showcase new innovations
to the market.”
Julia Bradbury at Eco Build 2014
Darren McMahon, Marketing Director at Viessmann said: “Ecobuild
is relevant for everything Viessmann has to offer – it provides a platform to
present anything from innovations such as our fuel cell micro combined heat and
power (mCHP) Vitovalor 300-P product, to futuristic power generation concepts,
such as our power-to-gas initiative, while also encompassing heating installer
focused developments like our Vitoflow hydraulic balancing kit for heating
systems. This breadth of interests means it’s a dynamic and productive event to
which we are looking forward to returning in 2015.”
Ecobuild 2014 saw a three percent rise in attendees this
March, with 44,538 sustainable built environment professionals flocking to
London’s ExCeL across the three days.
Jackson urges: “With sixty five percent of the 2015 floor
plan now sold or reserved, we would encourage companies to get in touch now to
secure a prominent position.”
If you’re interested in exhibiting at Ecobuild 2015, please
contact Martin Hurn, Sales Director on t: +44 (0)20 7560 4072 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please visit the web site at
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.