Kooltherm Pipe Insulation

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Premium performance pipe insulation

Kingspan Kooltherm premium performance pipe insulation is one of the thinnest and most efficient products available for the insulation of pipework in building services / HVAC applications. It is available in a range of thicknesses to suit different performance specifications and may be used on mild steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, copper and plastic pipework.


Kooltherm Pipe Insulation Quick Guide

Product information

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With a 25 year aged thermal conductivity as low as 0.025 W/m·K (at 10°C mean), Kooltherm Pipe Insulation is one of the most thermally efficient insulation material commonly used. A low thermal conductivity allows specified thermal performance standards to be achieved with thinner insulation.

The superior thermal performance of Kooltherm Pipe Insulation derives mainly from its closed cell properties. Its closed cell structure has been optimised to resist heat transfer. The closed cells have a small solid to void volume ratio, are small and uniform in size, and their construction very fine with extremely thin walls and minimum point contacts (struts). They are filled with a thermally efficient CFC/HCFC-free blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP). As a result of its closed cell, fibre free structure, Kooltherm Pipe Insulation is unaffected by air infiltration – problems that can be experienced with mineral fibre and which can reduce thermal performance.

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation products and systems have a densely cross-linked structure that makes them difficult to ignite and when subjected to fire, the outer surface forms a strong carbonaceous layer that limits heat generation and retards further flame spread.

The excellent fire and smoke performance characteristics of Kooltherm Pipe Insulation products and systems clearly demonstrates their suitability for the designated application, with best in class European Reaction to Fire performance of BL,s1,d0. Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is FM Approved per Approval Standard Class 4924.

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Kooltherm Pipe Insulation can directly contribute towards the award of several credits under the previous and current versions of BREEAM. The product holds a highest possible BRE Green Guide rating of A+ and is manufactured to a BS EN ISO 14001: 2004 scheme, qualifying for the Responsible Sourcing credit. In addition, Kingspan Industrial Insulation offers a ‘zero landfill, take-back’ scheme, using waste product collected from off-site manufacturers for recycling or energy recovery.
Kooltherm Pipe Insulation has a 90% (or greater) closed cell structure, which makes it non-wicking and highly resistant to moisture penetration. The risk of moisture absorption into the insulation is effectively eliminated as the factory-applied facing to Kooltherm Pipe Insulation products and systems provides a high performance vapour barrier jacket.
Click on the links below for the relevant recommended thickness tables. All of the tables can be found in the Kooltherm Quick Guide available under the Download section. 

Insulation Thickness Table to Control Heat Loss: BS 5422: 2009

Insulation Thickness Table to Control Heat Loss: ECA & Y50 Enhanced

Insulation Thickness Table to Control Heat Gain & Control Condensation

Insulation Thickness Table to Protect Against Freezing

General Physical Properties (Kooltherm Pipe Insulation System)
Property Test Method Unit Typical Value
Nominal Density (EN ISO 845) / (ASTM D 1622) kg/m3 37 60 80 120
Thermal Conductivity at +10°C (EN 12667) / (ASTM C 518) W/m.K 0.025 0.031 0.036 0.045
Colour     Pink Grey Grey Grey
Closed Cell Content (EN ISO 4590) Method 1 / (ASTM D 2856) Method B % ≥ 90 - - -
Operating Temperature:
Pipe Section

Upper Limit
Lower Limit




Minimum Compressive Strength at +23°C (EN 826) / (ASTM D 1621)





General Physical Properties (Vapour Barrier Jacket)
Property Test Method Unit Typical Value
Weight (EN ISO 536) g/m2 100 + / -30
Water Vapour Transmission (ASTM F 1249)
(ASTM E 96) 
g/m2.24 hr
Fire Test Classifications (Kooltherm Pipe Insulation)
Property Test Method Typical Result
Reaction to Fire EN 13501-1 BL – s1, d0
Surface Burning Characteristics ASTIM E 84 Class A/1 (FSI 25/SD 50)
Fire Propagation and flame spread   Class 0, in accordance with criteria set out in
Approved Documents B for England & Wales
FM Approval Class 4924 FM Approval per Approval Standard 4924

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation Quick Guide

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation Technical Data Sheets

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation Installation Guide

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation Specification Guide

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation Product Safety Information

Case studies

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Sobell Leisure

The Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation System was installed as part of a multi-million pound education and sports development in South Wales, helping the project towards its goal of BREEAM ‘Excellent'.

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Walkie Talkie

One of the most recognisable additions to the London skyline is now reaping the benefits from the superior thermal performance and space saving benefits provided by Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation.


Marks and Spencer

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was installed as part one of the most sustainable and sophisticated retail spaces in the country, Marks & Spencer, Cheshire Oaks.

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Birmingham Library

Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was the product of choice to insulate pipe-work at the prestigious new Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in Europe

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Silverstone UTC

Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was installed on one of the UK’s first University Technical Colleges, Silverstone UTC, helping it to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

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French Ministry of Defence

The optimum thermal performance and environmental credentials of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation were used to full effect at the French Ministry of Defence’s new €4.2 billion headquarters in Paris.


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.

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Fitzroy Place

A stylish development in the heart of London is the latest project to benefit from Kingspan’s premium performance Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation.


Alder Hey

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is set to provide long-term energy savings for an amazing new children’s hospital, built entirely within a park.


Airedale International

Following a major fire, Airedale International Air Conditioning’s Headquarters needed to be rebuilt on a tight schedule. Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was installed on the successful rebuild in Rawdon, Leeds, due to its wide operating temperature envelope which suited the capabilities of their R&D centre.

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Dunlop Systems

Dunlop Systems and Components recently moved from its historic Holbrook Lane site to a new 60,000 square foot state of the art manufacturing facility at nearby Prologis Park, Coventry which is benefitting from Kingspan’s premium performance Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation.

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