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Article Date: 18th April 2016

Kingspan Pipe Insulation is a Work of Art

Pipe Insulation - Somerset College - Kingspan Kooltherm - Pipe Firesleeves

Kingspan Somerset College

Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation has been installed in an exposed to view application at an iconic arts college, providing considerable time savings and subtle, high quality aesthetics courtesy of its theatre black vapour barrier jacket.

When it was originally completed, the Art House at Somerset College was the largest purpose built arts college in Europe. To help revitalise the 1970’s structure, BAM Construction oversaw a comprehensive refurbishment and extension programme, increasing natural light within the building.

Building services have been left exposed within the interior spaces, reflecting the building’s industrial, brutalist design and allowing ceiling heights to be raised within the existing rooms. To compliment the internal pallet of whites and blacks, whilst also delivering excellent energy performance, M&E contractors EIC specified Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation with a matte, theatre black aluminium foil facing.

With an aged thermal conductivity as low as 0.025 W/m·K, Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation is the most thermally efficient commonly used pipe insulation and was installed on all service pipework within the building by RDA Insulation Ltd. Its theatre black facing has been specially designed for exposed to view applications where a more muted, non-reflective appearance is required. As the facing is factory pre-applied, there was no need for RDA Insulation to apply additional cladding or paint the System onsite, reducing labour times and cost.

Maintaining a high level of fire and smoke performance was also crucial on the project and Kingspan Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation easily met these requirements. The product has a Euroclass Reaction to Fire rating of BL,s1,d0 (the highest level achievable for phenolic insulation). Its outstanding thermal and fire performance characteristics have been independently verified by BDA Global with the System holding BDA Agrement® BAP 15-036/01/C.

In addition to its free Pipeline Technical Advisory Service, 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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