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London Icon Uses Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation

One of the most recognisable additions to the London skyline is to benefit from the superior thermal performance and space saving benefits provided by Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation.


Situated in the heart of the city, 20 Fenchurch Street features 680,000 sq ft of top class office space and is topped with a massive Sky Garden providing stunning views of the capital. The building’s sleek concave design, created by Rafael Viñoly Architects, provides an instant visual impact and has led the building to be nicknamed “The Walkie Talkie”.

20 Fenchurch Street is also one of the most sustainable office buildings in London with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and a post construction score of 80.2%. To help reduce heat transference from service pipework within the building, 20,000 linear metres of Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation was installed.

Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation has an aged thermal conductivity as low as 0.025 W/m·K. This allowed the desired thermal performance to be achieved with the slimmest possible solution, saving vital service space whilst contributing towards the energy requirements of the BREEAM Assessment. The system also holds a highest possible BRE Green Guide rating of A+ and is manufactured to a BS EN ISO 14001: 2004 scheme. This helped the building to achieve further credits within the material section of BREEAM.


Paul Frost from Prolag Thermal commented:

“We have a great deal of experience working on high profile, sustainable projects and Kingspan Kooltherm® Pipe Insulation helped us to simply meet all of the performance requirements on 20 Fenchurch Street. The product was to easy install and its compact dimensions were particularly useful when working in some of the more restrictive service spaces.”

With the building standing at 180 metres in height, reaction to fire was also a key consideration in the specification. Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation delivers excellent fire and smoke performance, with a best in class Euroclass Reaction to Fire performance of BL,s1,d0 and FM Approval to Class 4924.

In addition to its free Pipeline Technical Advisory Service which can be contacted on 0808 168 7363, Kingspan Industrial Insulation has now also launched Premier and Premier Plus Services. These services support purchases of Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation and the Kooltherm® FM Complete Pipe Insulation System (incorporating insulated pipe support inserts and Kooltherm® FireSleeves) respectively, delivering clear advice and guidance at every stage in a project, from the initial specification, to site visits and certification.

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