Join Multipipe at Installer Show 2024 from 25-27 June

Multipipe are thrilled to be exhibiting at this year’s Installer Show 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th June 2024.

Join 20,000 installers, specifiers and decision-makers working across the heat, water, air and energy sectors for the event you won’t want to miss.

Come and visit our stand (5G24) to meet our team of experts and learn more about the innovative solutions and products that we offer for your projects including:

  • Plan designs
  • Heat loss calculations
  • Underfloor heating
  • Cooling
  • Pre-insulated pipes
  • Pumpstations
  • Pipe & fittings
  • And more!

Secure a meeting slot with us right now and guarantee yourself exclusive time with our experts:

This is your opportunity to stay updated with the latest industry trends and ensure your business stays a step ahead.

If you haven’t already, claim your FREE ticket for the Installer Show 2024 here.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Benefits of Underfloor Heating in your Kitchen

Underfloor heating is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners, especially when it comes to kitchens. But what are the benefits of having underfloor heating in your kitchen?

It offers a more comfortable and effective method of heating a room and it also removes the need for radiators. This gives a modern and tidy appearance to your home. Find out our top benefits and considerations in our blog.

Top Benefits of Underfloor Heating in the Kitchen

Energy Efficiency

  • Underfloor heating can be more energy-efficient than traditional radiators, as it distributes heat evenly across the entire floor surface.
  • This can result in lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions.

Comfort and Warmth

  • Underfloor heating provides a comfortable and warm surface to walk on, especially in the colder months.
  • It eliminates cold spots and drafts that can be common with radiators.

Space Saving

  • By installing underfloor heating, you can free up wall space that would otherwise be occupied by radiators or other heating systems.
  • This can give you more flexibility in designing your kitchen layout.

Future-proofing

  • Typically, in the life span of the pipework, you might change your kitchen over 5 times.
  • Removing kitchen features like islands can leave cold spots on the – so ensure you are covering the full area when installing UFH systems!

Cold-bridging

  • Where you have a cool outer wall and no insulation between the floor and the wall, you can get cold bridging. This term refers to where the cold air chills the wall to such an extent that it will conduct to the floor and cool the floor itself.
  • In older houses, this can lead to damp where the warm surface meets a cold surface. At the very least, having no pipe where your units are and standing at the plinth, you will still get a 100-200mm area where the floor is cold (even in a modern house), which is not ideal next to kitchen sinks where you tend to stand.
  • Ensure the pipe goes at least 300mm under the kitchen unit to eliminate this issue.

Considerations before Fitting Underfloor Heating

Flooring Type

  • Different types of flooring, such as tiles, laminate, or engineered wood, have different compatibility with underfloor heating.
  • It is important to check the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure that your chosen flooring is suitable for use with underfloor heating.

Kitchen Units

  • Before fitting underfloor heating, you need to consider the height and weight of your kitchen units.
  • Underfloor heating can raise the floor level, which may affect the installation of your units.
  • It is important to plan and make any necessary adjustments to accommodate the underfloor heating system.

underfloor heating in your kitchen

Will adding underfloor heating under units add more cost?

  • Generally, for the size of the kitchen units, the increasing cost is marginal, and to add floor heating later into an unheated area is far more expensive.
  • However, if you are still unsure, our recommendation is to add the pipe still but add insulation in the kick space, eliminating all heat but futureproofing the system.

Pipework under appliances

  • Most appliances will not be affected by having UFH under them, so to future-proof the install, add the pipe. However, where the fridge is to be placed, we recommend not to install pipework, as it does decrease the unit’s efficiency.

Will Underfloor Heating damage the kitchen units?

Underfloor heating should not damage kitchen units if installed correctly, and with proper planning, there will be no problem. Some people are pressured by kitchen fitters who tell them it would damage the cupboard or bake items in the cupboard, but this will not happen.

But it is worth remembering wooden floors are used on UFH without issues. So, a cabinet 200mm off the floor will not warp or twist, and it will not bake goods in the cupboard!

In the many years of specifying underfloor heating, Multipipe have never had issues with damage to units or products inside. This is because underfloor heating, by the regulation, must run at a dictated (BS 1264) floor temperature of only 9°C warmer than the air around it. By the time this goes through the air gap and to the cupboard itself, this temperature is of no concern.

Find out more in our blog: Fitting Underfloor Heating under Kitchen Units

Conclusion

Fitting underfloor heating in kitchens can provide numerous benefits, including energy efficiency, comfort, and space-saving. It’s a popular misconception that underfloor heating will damage kitchen units, but this is not the case.

However, it is important to consider the flooring type and plan ahead to accommodate the underfloor heating system. Contact your local installer to get underfloor heating installed in your kitchen – and remember to ask for Multipipe MLCP.

Book your Underfloor Heating Course with Multipipe

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Get ready to take your business to the next level with the Multipipe Training Academy Underfloor Heating Course. Join us in person on selected dates!

Did you know that the UK’s plumbing and heating industry is largely unregulated? Which means anyone can call themselves a plumber – regardless of qualifications, knowledge and competence. Here at Multipipe, we try to educate and share our knowledge to help raise the standards of the industry and encourage professional plumbers to consider the quality of the products they are using and how they are installing them.

Check out our Knowledge Base here!

Join Multipipe for a comprehensive training program designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a proficient underfloor heating installer.

Our in-person courses will be held at Multipipe HQ on multiple dates throughout 2024, for just £135 per person +VAT. Throughout the course, you will learn about the latest techniques, best practices, and industry standards in underfloor heating installation.

And to kick things off, until January 12th, you can get 10% off your booking when you quote: EARLY10

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

Agenda:

  • Floor Constructions
  • Pipe & Manifolds
  • Installation Principals
  • Controls – Water & Air
  • Existing systems & Heat pumps
  • Get hands on in our practical!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

Our experienced instructors will guide you through hands-on practical sessions, allowing you to gain valuable experience in installing and troubleshooting underfloor heating systems. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with fellow participants, fostering a supportive learning environment.

By the end of the course, you will have the confidence and expertise to successfully install our underfloor heating systems, ensuring optimal comfort and energy efficiency for your clients. Don’t miss this chance to enhance your skills and advance your career in the heating industry!

Places are limited and there are only select dates available. Be sure to book your space at the Multipipe Training Academy today!

Get in touch to discuss group booking discounts!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

If you’d like to speak to the team about the Multipipe Training Academy and our Underfloor Heating Course, please call 01245 227630 or email [email protected].

Multipipe Christmas Game – Terms & Conditions

Multipipe Christmas Game – Terms & Conditions

  1. By entering into this free prize draw competition, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these Terms and Conditions. All entry instructions form part of these Terms and Conditions.

 

  1. This competition is open to all UK residents, except for employees of Multipipe Ltd, their families, agencies or any other company directly connected with the administration of this promotion.

 

  1. The competition starts at 07:00 (GMT) on 01/12/2023 and will run until 23:59 (GMT) on 31/12/2023.

 

  1. All entries must be received by 23:59 (GMT) on 31/12/2023 to be eligible for the free prize draw.

 

  1. Any entries that are incomplete, illegible or do not arrive within the specified time frame will not be accepted and the decision of Multipipe Ltd will be final.

 

  1. The decision of Multipipe Ltd is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

  1. Participants may attempt the game as many times as they wish. Each qualifying participant will be entered only once into the prize draw. Only participants that submit their scores to the leaderboard with a name, company and email address will be entered into the prize draw.

 

  1. There is one prize to give away on each day of the Digital Calendar, and one main prize at the end of the competition. The prizes are:
  • Main Prize of Competition:
    • Tuesday 2nd January – Multipipe Surprise Bundle – worth over £250
  • Daily Digital Calendar Prizes:
    • Monday 4th December – Multipipe Underfloor Heating X-Power 40mm Pipe Staples – qty 300
    • Tuesday 5th December – Multipipe T-Shirt
    • Wednesday 6th December – Board game
    • Thursday 7th December – Multipipe Guillotine Pipe Cutter
    • Friday 8th December – Box of chocolates
    • Monday 11th December – Multipipe kneel mat
    • Tuesday 12th December – Multipipe Internal Bending Spring
    • Wednesday 13th December – Multipipe beanie hat
    • Thursday 14th December – Multipipe Travel Mug
    • Friday 15th December – IT500 Wireless Internet Controlled Thermostat
    • Monday 18th December – £20 Multipipe voucher
    • Tuesday 19th December – Multipipe Combined Bevelling Tool

The winner of the daily competitions will be selected at random from all participants who have submitted a score to the leaderboard on the corresponding day. The winner for the main prize at the end of the competition will be selected at random from all participants that have submitted a score throughout the competition period. The winner will be notified by email. Should there be no response to this email within 48 hours or should the email be returned as undeliverable for any reason, including but not limited to an invalid email address, Multipipe Ltd reserves the right to disqualify that entry and select an alternative winner.

 

  1. The competition winner will be notified of the prize delivery details. Multipipe Ltd accepts no responsibility for any delays in the delivery of the prize due to supply issues or any other unforeseen circumstances.

 

  1. Entrants must be over the age of 18 at the time of participation to enter the free prize draw competition.

 

  1. The prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. No other costs will be covered.

 

  1. The prize is subject to availability and usual Multipipe Ltd terms & conditions apply.

 

  1. By entering this promotion you give permission for Multipipe Ltd to post your first name and last name on our website and social media outlets should you win the prize draw.

 

  1. By entering the competition you are opting in to receive email correspondence from Multipipe Ltd informing you of products and services that may be of interest to you. You may unsubscribe to this email correspondence at any time using the unsubscribe link provided in the emails.

 

  1. Multipipe Ltd accepts no responsibility for any entries not received, or for undelivered or delayed messages which were unable to be sent or received due to technical failure or any other reason beyond its control. No responsibility will be accepted by Multipipe Ltd for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, for any computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability, for the acts or omissions of any service provider, internet, accessibility or availability or for traffic congestion or unauthorised human act.

 

  1. Any personal data relating to the competition entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual’s prior consent.

 

  1. No warranty or guarantee is given by Multipipe Ltd in to relation to any of the prizes. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Multipipe Ltd, its agents, associated companies, and trading partners will not be liable for any loss, damage, delay, additional expenses, injury or death howsoever caused, whether in contract, tort (including without limitation negligence, fraud or malicious act), statutory or otherwise arising out of the Competition or in connection with the acceptance of these terms and conditions or receipt or use of any prize awarded pursuant to the Competition. Multipipe Ltd does not recommend or guarantee the performance of any contractor or the obligations of any third parties associated with the prizes (including without limitation the manufacturer or promoter of any prize). Multipipe Ltd will not be liable for any fraud committed by any third party.

 

  1. Multipipe Ltd reserves the right to vary, cancel or modify the Competition and/or the terms and conditions at any time and for whatever reason and/or amend or withdraw the Competition (and/or any related prizes) in whole or in part at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Multipipe Ltd is also entitled to vary the prize(s) if, due to unforeseen circumstances it becomes impossible to provide the prizes as described or in its opinion, it would be inappropriate in any way. In that event, a prize of equal or greater value will be offered.

 

  1. Multipipe Ltd at its sole discretion and at any time has the right to remove a participant from the Competition if it has reasonable cause to believe that the participant has acted or is acting fraudulently, illegally or in an unauthorised manner.

 

  1. This competition is governed by English law. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

Multipipe Christmas Game & 12 Days of Multipipe Competition 2023

Multipipe Christmas Game & 12 Days of Multipipe Competition 2023

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Multipipe Christmas Game – Match-3 is live to play from Friday 1st December to Sunday 31st December 2023.

This year, we’ve also got a Digital Advent Calendar – 12 Days of Multipipe. Your chance to win some prizes in the lead up to Christmas on selected dates in December.

PLAY THE MULTIPIPE CHRISTMAS GAME NOW

OPEN THE 12 DAYS OF MULTIPIPE DIGITAL ADVENT CALENDAR TO WIN DAILY PRIZES

Here’s a list of prizes you could win!

Multipipe Christmas Game Prize:

Multipipe Surprise Bundle – worth over £250!

12 Days of Multipipe – Digital Advent Calendar Prizes:

  • Monday 4th December – Multipipe Underfloor Heating X-Power 40mm Pipe Staples – qty 300
  • Tuesday 5th December – Multipipe T-Shirt
  • Wednesday 6th December – Board game
  • Thursday 7th December – Multipipe Guillotine Pipe Cutter
  • Friday 8th December – Box of chocolates
  • Monday 11th December – Multipipe kneel mat
  • Tuesday 12th December – Multipipe Internal Bending Spring
  • Wednesday 13th December – Multipipe beanie hat
  • Thursday 14th December – Multipipe Travel Mug
  • Friday 15th December – IT500 Wireless Internet Controlled Thermostat
  • Monday 18th December – £20 Multipipe voucher
  • Tuesday 19th December – Multipipe Combined Bevelling Tool

Multipipe Christmas Game Rules:

  • Our Match-3 Christmas game is live from Friday 1st December to Sunday 31st December 2023.
  • You can play the game as many times as you like – but you must submit your score and join the leaderboard to be in the competition!
  • On Tuesday 2nd January 2024, we will be selecting a winner at random from everyone that has submitted a score during the competition window. This is to win the big prize!
  • Additionally, throughout December on selected days, we also have a Digital Advent Calendar. On these selected days, an additional random prize draw will take place from those that submitted a score on the corresponding day. This is to win the daily prizes. Names will be taken from the leaderboard each day at 16:00 GMT.
  • You must submit your score and name, company and email to the leaderboard in order to be put into the prize draws.

Read the full Terms & Conditions here.

Case Study: Underfloor Heating and Ceiling Cooling

Installing domestic hot and cold services with Underfloor Heating and Ceiling Cooling

Already working with Multipipe for the underfloor heating system and domestic hot and cold services for the build, Excelsior Heating Services asked if we could also help with the cooling system, as they had no previous experience in it.

Because it is well insulated and has a lot of glass, one of the challenges was the heating in the building. The client’s consultant wanted to use cooling via the heat pump system, and the original design for the cooling involved using ceiling panels and wall panels. We suggested it would be better to install the system directly into the fabric of the building and plaster it in to give it a true thermal mass.

Project at a glance:

  • Executive home
  • Ground and second floor
  • Combined area 823sqm
  • Domestic hot and cold services
  • UFH heating system throughout
  • Cooling system in ceilings
  • Pumpstations

“After working with Multipipe for this project, it has made us far more confident to move forward on other projects, specifically with cooling. The support I’ve always had through ordering, design, and supply from Multipipe has been amazing.”Matthew Smyth Excelsior Heating Services Ltd

Read the full case study here.

Multipipe Unveils UK Manifold First

  • Uniquely designed Maxima product supports vastly increased volumetric flow
  • Leading supplier of piping systems and solutions on a mission to reduce industry costs by creating time and space savings for installers

maxima manifold 16 port

Multipipe, a leading supplier of piping systems and solutions, is proud to launch a UK first with its oversized Maxima manifold.  The new Maxima LS for radiators and Maxima FM for underfloor heating are more flexible and require less space, labour time and materials, resulting in cost savings of more than 40 percent*.

Multipipe’s exclusively designed Maxima manifolds boast a 43% bigger bore, which enables a higher volumetric flow rate for greater efficiency. The range is available with up to 16 ports, and includes an automatic air vent and pressure gauge, which makes the manifolds more installer friendly. The products can also be positioned as left or right-handed, giving greater flexibility during installation.

On larger projects where previously multiple manifolds may have been required, the new Maxima range allows a larger area to be covered using only a single manifold. This will result in less space being required. Installers will also benefit from labour time being heavily reduced, along with fewer materials needed, resulting in significant cost savings.

Multipipe’s high specifications and construction ensure superior flow (compared to other products which use brass and composites). Manufactured in Europe, using only high-quality raw materials and components, the manifolds come with ISO9001 and 14001 certifications, which includes pressure testing and approving each manifold bar off the production line.

Mike Young, co-founder and managing director at Multipipe, said: “We have been listening to installers and we’re extremely proud to launch the new manifold range as a UK first.

“The Maxima follows months of research and development, with Multipipe’s product development team working closely with its selected manufacturer to specify the final product. I believe the new manifold will be a real game-changer, and already we’re seeing a lot of interest.

“We recognise the importance of dynamically changing our products and continuing to ensure quality, whilst remaining as cost efficient as possible. Our deep levels of technical support and expertise help installers to complete their work to the highest standards.”

Multipipe’s experts are on hand to advise and provide a free of charge quotation, complete with CAD design, drawing and estimation service.

For further information on the new manifold email [email protected], or call 01245 227 630.

*These calculations are based on now using one manifold instead of two, as well as the additional products needed for purchasing two manifolds.

RAAC issues impact beyond building structure

RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) issues have been the height of news recently. RAAC was used in the construction of some public buildings between the 1950s and 1990s.

Recently, more than 140 schools containing this cheap concrete that can collapse without warning were told to close. Universities, theatres, and other government and privately owned buildings are affected too.

Unfortunately, this means that other areas of the buildings will be affected, like plumbing and heating.

These buildings with RAAC issues are over 30 years old and the heating solutions used then were efficient, but outdated compared to today’s advancements.

Today we can make them more energy efficient, and offer alternative solutions like cooling and underfloor heating. This could lower running costs for schools and other buildings in the future.

Multipipe offers top-quality heating and plumbing solutions, backed by high-grade materials, innovative research, and a patented production process. This ensures project safety and longevity, making it a reliable choice for school and construction partnerships. And, our MLCP system has been tested to have a design life of over 50 years.

We’ve been supplying reliable MLCP for both domestic and commercial installations for over 20 years. So you can be confident that it will continue to do the job day in and day out for years to come.

Our system is not only fast, efficient, safe, and secure, but we also offer complete project and installation advisory support, including system design and training.

At Multipipe, we care passionately about raising UK plumbers’ operational standards and our societies’ perception of the trade. We’re here to support you.

If you need any support for future projects around this issue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Hot water recirculation system efficiency.

With more homes looking to save energy, many are moving to heat pumps which could see a massive reduction in instantaneous hot water systems (combi boilers)—bringing back the cylinder to your client’s homes. But looking further into a cylinder-based hot water system might have some hidden benefits that your clients might not have considered.

“Heating” hot water

Did you know every time a gas combination boiler has to heat water, the efficiency of the boiler drastically drops whilst generating hot water. This is because you have to push your flame rate in the boiler up, causing it to fall out of the condensing mode. You are dropping the efficiency to as low as 70-80%. A system-style hot water system relies on storing water, removing these peak demands. Match this then to a heat pump, and you can operate four or even five times the input energy.

Reducing water use

This comes down to this article’s point, which is a recirculation loop. By looping the hot water back into the cylinder and pumping this, you can massively decrease water usage, whereas a combi boiler (that cannot really have a secondary loop) has to heat up water, pipes, and heat exchanger, and then send it through the pipes around the house. Then, finally, you get your hot water. This is frustrating to wait that long and can waste as much as 12 litres of water every minute of running. By recirculating, you eliminate this issue by having hot water when you need it (which is also a massive time-saving).

However, a few things to consider to minimise energy loss.

Insulate your system

The larger the system (including the pipes), the more energy you lose to use up the reheat. You can be losing as much as 30w/m on a simple 15mm bit of pipe. Compare this to 7w/m if this was insulated. So make sure both your cylinder and pipework system (both hot water flow and return is insulated as much as possible). Remember, we do pre-insulated pipe to save time!

Install a timer

When you are asleep, the chances are you are not using hot water, so why not install a timer on the secondary pump for your customer? Therefore at night, you are saving the energy you would have lost through the pipe system (even if it is lagged). Why not go even more fancy and hook it in with a PIR sensor, so any time someone is in a WC, the pump turns on…

Type of owner

If you have a larger family that uses hot water daily, a cylinder is for you. However, if you are out most of the day and live on your own, an instantaneous water heater is better for you. So consider the occupier of the house. This is because storing anything (no matter how good the insulation is) does always lose energy. The longer the period the system is not used, the more energy is lost.

As always, if you have any questions, our friendly team is here to help! Give us a call on 01245 227630 or email [email protected].

EVOLUTION OF PUMPSTATIONS

As heating systems become more energy efficient, they also increase in complexity. Traditionally, a system would require high-temperature water, which can cause wasteful overheating and high energy use. As heating engineers, we now need to think about energy usage on behalf of our clients, not only for the benefit of the environmental impact of carbon emissions but also for our customer’s pockets. With this, you, as the expert, have to take on even more responsibility to engineer the system’s heat source and emitters.

This is where Multipipe’s Pumpstations can help you enormously in the design of your next project.

Increasing the efficiency and comfort for your customer, especially in older renovation work, it can mean different running temperatures are required in a single-temperature system.   It is common to use different heat emitters for different floors or rooms. Usually, you have just two choices:

  1. Remove the existing heat emitters, resize the entire pipe layout and heat emitters to run at a single temperature (if you also need to provide hot sanitary water, this may not be feasible)

 

  1. Run the system heat generator (gas/oil boiler or heat pump) at a higher temperature (usually dictated by your hot sanitary water requirement) and then locally blend the zones depending on their design requirement.

Pumpstations act as your compact/combined local blending and distribution centre. Combining an easy-to-install,  modular & fully insulated complete solution. The heat generator (boiler or heat pump) primary circulates around the low-loss header. When a secondary circuit is in demand, the pump draws from the header the water it requires. This helps to reduce cycling as this is much softer when the system calls for heat, making your system more efficient.

There will be 3 main versions.

 

Direct flow Pumpstation.

This unit is ideal where mixing is not required, but there is a need to monitor system temperature. Perfect for radiators and/or hot water cylinders that require high temperatures.

 

Fixed Temperature Pumpstation

The fixed temperature unit is designed where there is a requirement for a continuous lower supply temperature than that on

the primary side of the system. This is perfect for sensitive UFH systems, also towel rails circuits or where there is a risk of scalding.

Variable Temperature Pumpstation

We also offer a rotary valve version. When coupled with a water temperature controller and actuator, a variable water temperature can be provided, perhaps based upon the outside temperature (eg: weather-compensated system), further increasing comfort & efficiency by lowering or raising water temperature cooler/warmer days.


 We at Multipipe are offering a new range of Pumpstations from November 2022. If you would like further information, please SIGN UP NOW

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