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Article Date: 27th April 2017

Kingspan Enters the Space Age

Space Age - Duct Insulation - Pipe Insulation - Pipe Supports

Kingspan - RAL Space Centre

When it came to insulating building services at the cutting edge new Science & Technology Facilities Council RAL Space Development and Test facility (R100) in Didcot, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the fibre-free cores of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation made them the outstanding choice.

The world-leading R&D facility is based at the Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire. The campus forms the central hub of the UK space programme and played a critical role in last year’s Rosetta comet landing. Willmott Dixon worked on the high-spec design for the new centre which includes a total of 1,200 m² of clean rooms and test chambers.

To ensure services performed as expected over 10,000 lm of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct and Pipe Insulation were specified for the numerous runs of service pipe and ductwork. The products’ fibre-free insulation cores allow them to deliver outstanding energy performance with thermal conductivities as low as 0.022 W/m.K and 0.025 W/m.K respectively.

Matthew Bashford, Operations Director at specialist installers, Industrial Insulation Ltd. explained:
"The nature of the building’s use meant no fibrous materials could be included within the specification. The fibre-free phenolic insulation cores of Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation and Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation made them perfect for the job. In addition, the superior thermal conductivity of these products proved beneficial when insulating services with little clearance."

Specialist designers and installers, Clean Room Construction, oversaw work on the clean rooms while building services company Briggs & Forrester carried out the connections. To ensure clear communication the numerous service runs were designed with BIM Level 2 on the Revit platform, allowing clash detection exercises to be run in advanced, saving time and cost during the build. Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is available as a freely downloadable BIM object by clicking here.

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct and Pipe Insulation have been assigned best-in-class Green Guide Summary ratings of A+ by the BRE and their insulation cores are manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP).

The products also deliver outstanding fire performance. Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation holds a Euroclass reaction to fire rating of BL,s1,d0 and both products are FM Approved to Class 4924 when installed in accordance with the conditions defined by the approval. The Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation System is the first pipe insulation product to attain BDA Agrement® certification under the scheme and has been awarded a best-in-class Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold certificate, recognising it as outstanding material according to the VOC Indoor Air Quality emissions regulations.

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 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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