Why do we need pipe insulation?
Pipework is part of any heating or sanitary system in buildings where fluids must be conveyed. A heating system consists of a boiler, radiators and the pipework that connects them.
Sanitary pipework is used to supply hot and cold water to toilets, sinks, baths, showers, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. to discharge wastewater from the building into the sewer system.
The pipe system consists of many different elements, including pipes of different diameters, supports, gaskets, flanges, bolts, valves, strainers, connections and expansion joints. They are used to control the pressure, flow rate and temperature of the conveyed fluid. Traditionally, domestic pipework was manufactured from metals but modern designs use mainly plastics or composites such as PVC, high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, aluminium composites, etc.
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Pipework has a major impact on the efficiency and comfort level of your building, and pipe insulation will optimise it in several ways.
Today more than ever, with climate change being an increasingly important issue and with an unstable geopolitical situation, energy and water are becoming more precious resources. Pipe insulation is the perfect solution to help you not only reduce the ever-increasing costs but also protect the planet.
At every stage of its life cycle, a building designed, built or renovated in a sustainable way should help improve people’s comfort, safety and well-being while minimising the consumption of energy and natural resources, reducing the environmental footprint and resulting in lower running costs and increased property values.
Benefits of Pipe Insulation
Depending on your specific needs pipe insulation solutions can offer many benefits:
- Increase the energy efficiency of your building
- Provide thermal and acoustic comfort
- Protect your building and its occupants from fire and smoke
Energy efficiency and system performance are significantly increased by insulating the pipes, while generating savings by reducing energy consumption.
With our complete range of pipe sections, we can help you obtain a high performance pipework system depending on your needs!
Which pipe section is right for my pipe insulation project?
ISOVER Technical Insulation offers two alternative of pipe insulation solutions:
- CLIMPIPE Section (made of glass wool)
- U Protect Pipe section (made of stone wool)
You can invest in one of these solutions or both depending on your needs to add value over the entire life of the project whether you are a building owner, a specifier or a contractor.
Thermal and acoustic comfort
Ensuring a building is neither too hot nor too cold helps make it a more pleasant environment for its users. Most people will feel comfortable at a room temperature of between 19 and 25°C. Insulating pipes with CLIMPIPE or U Protect Pipe Section helps provide the ideal indoor temperature, ensuring that generated heat goes where it is actually wanted.
Beside that, water pipes can be a real source of disturbance. Insulating your pipework will largely enhance the overall acoustic performance of the pipe system and contribute to the comfort and well-being of the building’s occupants. U Protect Pipe Sections and CLIMPIPE are both good solutions for pipe insulation to reduce the sound transmission levels in the pipes.
Save energy, reduce CO2 emissions and use less water
Buildings account for 39% of greenhouse gas emissions and HVAC can represent up to 80% of total buildings energy consumption. That’s why HVAC Insulation plays a key role in Green Building. With CLIMPIPE insulation or U Protect insulation, less energy is needed for heating and warm water as insulated pipes reduce heat loss and therefore less water is wasted. At the same time, reducing heat loss also prevents unwanted heating of the building from the pipes and therefore reduces the need for cooling systems.
Reducing heat loss with pipe insulation means also saving money on energy cost.
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During the product of CLIMPIPE, a minimum of 70% recycled glass is used. Production waste is also recycled.
Pipe insulation and fire safety
If you are looking for a fire protection solution, U Protect Pipe Sections is the one you need! Made from ULTIMATE™, our light stone wool, U Protect Pipe Sections offer an optimal fire protection.
U Protect Pipe Sections are classified Euroclass A2L-s1, d0, meaning:
- They are non-combustible (melting point > 1,000°C).
- They do not contribute to the spread of fire.
- They will not release smoke.
- They will not produce flaming droplets or particles.
In addition to being certified for non-combustible steel, stainless steel and copper pipes, U Protect Pipe Sections have also been successfully tested with combustible pipes made of PE, PVC or aluminium composites. They can be used for fire rated penetrations up to 120 minutes (EI 120).
With U Protect Pipe Section Alu2, ISOVER offers an optimal 2-in-1 solution for the insulation of combustible and non-combustible pipes.
With a multitude of key improvements and product innovations, ISOVER is setting a new standard in technical insulation.
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