Kingspan pipe insulation first to receive new green guide rating



Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation has become the first system to be evaluated under the BRE’s new Green Guide ratings table and methodology for pipe insulation. The new approach has been specifically designed to provide a more accurate assessment of the environmental impact of pipe insulation in-situ. The Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation system products received highest possible summary ratings of between A and A+.

The introduction of the new methodology means pipe insulation can no longer be assessed against the Green Guide ratings table for flat board insulation. Manmade mineral fibre pipe insulation is not available on the new Green Guide ratings table as manufacturers chose not to supply data to the BRE. As a result, the only route to obtain a Green Guide rating for manmade mineral fibre pipe insulation is to apply for a project specific rating. This process can be time consuming and results are based on assumptions rather than data.

Kingspan Industrial Insulation commissioned BRE Global to carry out environmental profiling and certification of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation. As part of the assessment all Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation products faced with the theatre black vapour barrier jacket received a summary rating of A+. The high emissivity jacket can reduce the risk of condensation forming when compared with silver facings making it well suited to cold and chilled applications. A technical bulletin with further detail about the new ratings is now available on the Kingspan Industrial Insulation website:

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation holds BDA Agrement® certification, LABC Registered Detail & Warranty, and is available as a freely downloadable BIM object from either or the BIMStore website.

In addition to its free Pipeline Technical Advisory Service which can be contacted on 0808 168 7363, Kingspan Industrial Insulation offers the 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.