Phenolic insulation put through its paces in new Coventry hospital
The space-saving, hygiene and thermal-performance benefits of Kooltherm pipe insulation have been exploited in Coventry’s new University Hospital.
Using Kingspan Tarec phenolic insulation on cold and chilled-water pipework in Coventry’s new University Hospital have solved the problem of space restrictions and helped the hospital meet stringent targets for carbon-dioxide emissions. Richard Drew, managing director of Gill Insulation, explains, ‘The original specification on the cold and chilled pipework was for mineral fibre, but was changed to phenolic due to space restrictions. We also felt that the Kingspan Tarec phenolic is a far superior product which is easy to use on site.’ Kooltherm pipe insulation can always be installed as a single layer, significantly reducing labour costs and time. It can also be 50% thinner than nitrile rubber and more than 50% thinner that mineral fibre. This insulation has a high closed-cell content and fin cell structure, resulting in a thermal conductivity of 0.021 W/mK. Other valuable features for this hospital project are that it is non-fibrous, odourless and non-tainting. It is also resists the growth of fungus and moulds and will not sustain vermin. 100 000 linear metres was installed.