Published on : 05 May 20203 min reading time
In industry, uninsulated heating and water pipes can cause heat losses that amount to thousands of euros lost annually. Devices have been provided to help you insulate them free of charge.
What is insulation?
It is a method of insulating water, fluid and heating pipes to save energy. Heat loss is one of the main causes of increasing energy losses in industry. To avoid heat loss but also condensation, it is always better to protect hot and cold water pipes with insulating sleeves (made of glass wool, cellular glass, polystyrene, cork or phenolic foam) which are then covered with PVC. In industrial environments this precaution proves to be unavoidable – especially in renovation and construction companies and companies specialising in renovation work. Protecting pipes is another effective solution against frost. It is not always realised that every year, in both the industrial and tertiary sectors, this problem of energy loss can be estimated in hundreds or even thousands of euros. You can find more information on industrial and tertiary insulation on the moncalorifugeagegratuit website.
Financial assistance to amortize your investment
Energy incentives, such as Energy Savings Certificates (ECC), are granted to homeowners (private and industrial) who make the decision to insulate their pipes to save energy. A tax credit for energy transition and a reduction of VAT on labour costs to 5.5% are also granted for improvements, including pipe insulation. The only condition: you must call upon a certified RGE (Recognized Environmental Guarantor) professional for this work. The energy bonus you could receive could make your insulation really inexpensive (in some cases, it could even be free). In the industrial and tertiary sectors, in addition to the savings generated by the installation of insulating materials, the environmental performance of fluids is optimized. Insulating a boiler room hydraulic system also increases the health and value of the assets.
Thermal insulation standards to be taken into account
When it comes to the thermal insulation of pipes, certain standards and fire regulations apply:
Industrial thermal insulation class: equal or superior to 3, according to the NF EN 12 828 standard.
For a hot water network, the thermal protection must be flexible and equal to or greater than 1.5m2.K/W, at a temperature of 50°C on average. For an overheated water network, it must be 1.2 m2 K/W, at an average temperature of 70°C.
For a steam network, the thermal protection must be at least 1 m2 K/W at a temperature of 120°C on average, if it is a network in which an organic fluid circulates. By using a professional (certified RGE) specialised in pipe insulation in industrial environments, you can be sure that the thermal insulation installation will be carried out according to the rules of the trade and in compliance with the standards in force. To plan your budget, don’t hesitate to request a free quote!
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