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Ductwork - Embodied Environmental Impact

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Issues to Consider - Embodied Environmental Impact


Embodied environmental impact of differing insulated HVAC ductwork specifications

In comparing the embodied environmental impact of building products, the concept of a functional unit must be taken into account, such that apples are compared with apples and not with pears.

This Technical Bulletin details the analysis of the embodied environmental impact of differing insulated HVAC ductwork specifications, both designed to meet the same performance standards. The findings show that:

  • the embodied environmental impact of ductwork fabricated from The Kingspan KoolDuct System can be 65% lower than that of ductwork constructed from galvanised sheet steel and insulated with rock mineral fibre; and
  • that 86% of the impact of the ductwork constructed from galvanised sheet steel, and insulated with rock mineral fibre, is accounted for by the galvanised sheet steel.
Download the Embodied Environmental Impact Technical Bulletin