BREEAM and Pipe Insulation

BREEAM Update

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The BRE has published a new Environmental Profile Methodology for Pipe Insulation products that has been created to provide a more accurate assessment of the environmental impact of pipe insulation products. The new methodology introduces a significant change to environmental profiles and Green Guide rating claims for pipe insulation, and supersedes all previous certification. No claims can be made regarding the performance of pipe insulation without assessment or reference to the new guidance. Green Guide ratings are now assessed according to the building service pipework the insulation is applied to, listed by the type of building the service is installed in.

Summary

Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation has achieved A and A+ BRE Green Guide 2008 Summary Ratings. The ratings were awarded by BRE Global, which used its new Environmental Profiles Methodology for Pipe Insulation Products to assess the environmental impacts of the products across their entire life cycles from cradle to grave. The 2008 Green Guide rating system uses such data to classify performance in a number of key areas and awards a Summary Rating on a scale from E (worst) up to A+ (best).

All of the products for which BRE Green Guide 2008 Summary Ratings were produced and their respective Summary Ratings published on BRE’s Green Book Live website.

The BRE has not published Green Guide Ratings for mineral fibre pipe insulation products, as the mineral fibre industry declined permission for its data to be used for the creation of mineral fibre pipe insulation Green Guide ratings. Those interested are invited to consider why the mineral fibre industry does not wish Green Guide ratings to be published for its pipe insulation products. What could be worse than having no published Green Guide rating at all?

Please contact our Technical Services Department for further information on 0808 168 7363. 

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