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Acton Gardens

Kooltherm Pipe Insulation has been installed as part of a communal heating network on an ambitious mixed-tenure regeneration scheme in Acton, helping to minimise heat loss from pipework across the development.

The Project

Acton Gardens is an award-winning urban village spanning 52 acres in west London. The Countryside and L&Q development forms part of a long-term regeneration designed to reshape the lives of residents by providing 3,400 new homes and establishing a thriving community hub which will incorporate expansive open green spaces, medical facilities and a public square.The project team, which included Mendick Waring Limited, LJJ Building Services Contractors and Chase Insulations, was keen to ensure the homes were affordable to purchase and run over the long-term. To achieve this, a communal heat distribution network has been used instead of installing individual boilers within each property. To reduce heat distribution losses across this network, Mendick Waring Limited specified 27,000 lm of Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation for heating and water service pipework.
 

Location:
Acton, West London
Product:
Kooltherm Pipe Insulation
Insulation Contractor:
Chase Insulations Ltd
Building Services Engineer:
Mendick Waring Limited
Building Services Contractor:
LJJ Building Services Contractors
With an aged thermal conductivity as low as 0.025 W/m·K (at +10°C mean), Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation is one of the most thermally efficient pipe insulation products on the market. This excellent performance allowed pipework to be effectively insulated with a slimmer insulation thickness than would otherwise have been possible. The product was installed in a 50 mm thickness on the heat distribution pipework, allowing it to achieve a level of performance exceeding the requirements within current industry standards in the UK.
 
Minimising the risk of summer overheating was also seen as a priority across the development to ensure that homes are adapted to climate change and remain comfortable to occupy in the future. The specification of Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation supported this approach. Research from AECOM has shown that by installing an Energy Technology List-recommended specification of Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation, it is possible to significantly reduce overheating hours in communal areas when compared with a BS 5422: 2009 pipe insulation specification with rubber lined pipe support brackets.

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On a scheme of this scale, it was important that we had products which could meet the energy performance criteria without hampering our work. The slimmer thickness of the Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation ensured we could quickly and efficiently lag pipework in even tight spaces, helping to keep the work on track.

Samuel Hitch, Managing Director, Chase Insulations 

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