The new Cardiff HQ of insurance giants Admiral has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, thanks in part to the outstanding performance provided by Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation from Kingspan Industrial Insulation Ltd.
Situated in the heart of the Welsh capital, Tŷ Admiral has capacity for 3,000 staff. ARUP acted as M&E consultants on the project which was delivered by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. The purpose built building, developed by Stoford Developments, includes a number of ‘chill out’ areas.
To help meet the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, over 15,000 lm of Kingspan’s Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was specified. Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is suitable for pipework and equipment operating in a temperature range of between -50°C to +110°C and offers industry leading performance, with thermal conductivities as low as 0.025 W/m•K.
Dave Hodsoll, Managing Director of installers Linear Insulation Ltd. commented: “By installing Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation we were able to achieve the required level of performance with a minimum product thickness, helping to save valuable services space. The product was easy to install both on and offsite and its Green Guide A+ rating helped further contribute towards the overall BREEAM rating.”
As the only pipe insulation to hold a national LABC Warranty and LABC Registered Detail, Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation can help to streamline the Building Control checking and approvals process, saving project costs and time. It is also available as a freely downloadable BIM object from the company's website or the BIMStore.
The product holds a Euroclass rating of BL-s1,d0, the best possible Reaction to Fire classification available for phenolic insulation, and is approved under FM Global insurance Approval Class 4924 Pipe Insulation. With the launch of the Kooltherm FireSleeve, Kingspan Industrial Insulation can now offer a complete fire performance approved system with a 2 hour fire rating.
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 fire sleeves) 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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