Not just thermal insulation – fire protection as well: TECEflex and TECElogo multi-layer composite pipes encased in a Rockwool pipe shell RS 800 tested and certified
To date, it has only been possible to use Rockwool pipe shell RS 800 to thermally insulate TECE's multi-layer composite pipes. Following intensive fire resistance tests the Civil Engineering Materials Testing Institute (MPA) based in Braunschweig, Germany, issued a general building code test certificate (AbP), which means the pipe shell can now also be used as pipe penetration seals R30 to R120 for TECEflex and TECElogo composite pipes. Professional installers no longer need to change materials at the wall and ceiling openings. That saves time and money.
Numerous standards and laws covering fire prevention must be observed when non-combustible and combustible pipes are routed through room-sealing components for which a mandatory fire resistance rating is required. When all is said and done, it is not just about protecting material objects, but saving human lives. To comply with these regulations the pipes have to be routed through fire resistant barriers, which are capable of preventing fire and smoke spreading from one side of the component to the other for a defined period of time (generally, 30, 60 or 90 minutes).
Something that could only be guaranteed to date with special fire-resistant pipe shells can now equally be achieved utilizing standard mineral wool pipe shells RS 800 and TECE composite pipes: the system components have been jointly subjected to intensive testing in the Civil Engineering Materials Testing Institute (MPA) in Braunschweig. The results of fire behaviour tests performed under realistic installation conditions in the combustion chamber demonstrate that the combination of building components RS 800 and TECE composite pipes withstand fire for 120 minutes; as a consequence, they are rated in the highest fire resistance class (R 120). "That has enabled us to expand our fire protection competence. We are now able to offer our customers a real alternative to the expensive fire protection solutions", explains TECE product manager Andreas Lösing.
Suitable for all massive building components: the aluminium-clad pipe shell RS 800 is suitable for use with all size 16 to 63 multi-layer composite pipes available in the TECEflex and TECElogo ranges. Furthermore, zero clearance installation was demonstrated successfully. Consequently, the product is not only safe from the point of view of fire resistance it can also be installed with comparative ease and little effort. The reason is simple: it is no longer necessary for the installer to change to special pipe penetration seals at the ceiling openings when using RS 800 to thermally insulate riser pipes, as was previously the case. It is no longer necessary to change the materials, because RS 800 can now be used with immediate effect for both insulation and fire protection purposes. Solutions: "One pipe shell for everywhere – that saves space, time and it is cheaper into the bargain. Consequently, the combination with TECE composite pipes represents the best-possible alternative to the previous solution."