Insulating pipework and support brackets with the same material improves energy efficiency and protects against bi-metallic corrosion in both cold and hot pipework. Anthony Barnett, technical marketing manager at Armacell, looks at the factors to consider.
The durability of materials obviously has a bearing on the longevity of all building elements. Factors such as condensation and vibration/structural stress all take their toll on HVAC systems. While it’s the designer’s responsibility to ensure that exposed elements of a building are fit for purpose, it is important that suppliers provide their input, especially in the often overlooked area of bi-metallic material corrosion.