AIS jackets protect state-of-the-art HVAC system

The 64,000 sq ft Ice Arena Wales has state of the art heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to maintain the internal environment. However, over 90% of the pipework used in the HVAC systems is situated externally. To prevent heat loss and ensure the system operates as efficiently as possible, building services manager SHS Integrated Services used ContraFlex® jackets to insulate the pipes, valves and flanges.


The highlights

£8,000 annual savings

Our insulation saved Ice Arena Wales more than £8,000 per year.

70% energy loss reduction

Our jackets reduced the customers energy loss by more than 70%.

350 jackets

Our team designed, manufactured and installed 350 ContraFlex® insulation jackets.



We provided bespoke ContraFlex® jackets to fit around awkward pipe features. This maximised thermal protection whilst protecting operators from potential burns, and will minimise health and safety risks, and heat loss. Furthermore, ContraFlex® jackets are held in place with hook and loop fastenings for quick and easy installation, future maintenance and replacement. This gives them time and cost advantages over alternative solutions such as metal valve boxes and fibrous insulation. They have a waterproof outer cloth and a water shedding design and have been tested to ensure durability and challenging environments, making them ideal for external applications.





“Not only did we need a solution with remarkable insulation properties but it also had to be cost effective and quick to install. From start to finish the project took just five days. This represented a significant cost saving in terms of labour without sacrificing the energy loss reduction properties of the end product.

Operators of Ice Arena Wales can be confident that HVAC systems will be protected and insulated for years to come.”

Matthew James Operations Director, SHS Integrated Services



Our team designed, manufactured and installed 350 ContraFlex® insulation jackets. This installation took just five days. Such a quick turnaround was especially important because external factors meant the project start had been delayed but still had to be completed on schedule. Without insulating the valves and flanges, annual heat loss at Ice Arena Wales was 273,845 kWh. After the ContraFlex® jackets were installed this figure was reduced to just 21,551 kWh, saving Ice Arena Wales more than £8,000 per year and reducing energy loss by more than 70%.

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