Division 22 23 Ebook Page 177 VaporWick® Pipe Insulation Drafted for Service at Fort Campbell

Case Study VaporWick Pipe Insulation Drafted For Service at Fort Campbell An army unit that takes pride in freshly pressed uniforms and highly polished boots doesn't want barracks with puddles on the floor and stained ceiling tiles. But that's what can happen when warm humid air finds a chilled water piping system. At Fort Campbell, Ky., home of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles air assault), Caddell Construction is preventing that problem by installing VaporWick pipe insulation from Owens Corning. VaporWick pipe insulation is designed specifically for below-ambient-temperature applications in hot and humid environments. The product keeps insulation dry by using a specially designed wicking material that absorbs condensed water from the pipe surface and wicks it to the outside surface of the insulation where it then evaporates to the ambient air. Caddell Construction, the general contractor for the project, is expecting to see benefits from the minute they turn on the air conditioning in a new three-story, 336-bed barracks building. According to Joe Peek, mechanical quality control inspector for Caddell, projects in the past have experienced dripping water at start-up. "When we first start the air conditioning we will be close to being buttoned up but I don't think we will 100 percent," says Peek. "We're going to have people who will open windows with the outside temperature 90+ degrees and we'll be trying to condition the building at 70 degrees. "They had problems on phase two (when they turned the air on)," he continues. "Wherever the chilled water lines were, they had water underneath them. It wet the whole hallway. "In the past, we didn't put any ceiling tile in until we got past that initial start-up period. We just put the grid up because we knew we were going to get water. With VaporWick pipe insulation, we don't need to worry about that. We're hanging the ceiling tile." Peek says he is also impressed with another feature of VaporWick pipe insulation - its appearance. "It's a neat looking product," he says. "We are very well satisfied with the appearance." David Carver of Breeding Insulation, the distributor providing VaporWick pipe insulation for the Fort Campbell barracks project, says it is not unusual for the product to surprise people and win their loyalty. "We had a lot of skeptical people in the beginning, but in the end everybody seems to like the product," says Carver. "We've got customers who are using it now by their own choice, not just because it is specified for a project." Carver says he expects to sell a lot more VaporWick pipe insulation in the summer when contractors are asked to insulate systems they can't turn off. "If they can't turn the system off it's going to be dripping," he explains. "We've put VaporWick pipe insulation on a dripping system at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) and it worked perfectly. "At a lot of schools, that's just the nature of the job. They are removing wet insulation because of mold problems and this ( VaporWick insulation) is something that takes care of the mold, too. If the school is in session and the chilled water system is running they can put it on wet. "A person at MTSU was my most critical customer," admits Carver. "Every time he saw the sample he would just laugh and say, 'That stuff ain't gonna work.' Then he used it and became the first to buy it by choice where it wasn't specified. He told us everything they do from now on will be VaporWick pipe insulation." Glen Embry, owner of Bluegrass Insulating Services, the insulation contractor for the Fort Campbell barracks project, also had previous positive experience with the product. Fort Campbell Facts Fort Campbell lies on the Kentucky-Tennessee border about 60 miles northwest of Nashville. Opened in 1942, the Fort is named for William B. Campbell, a Tennessee statesman and Brigadier General of the U.S. Volunteers during the Civil War. Although nearly two-thirds of the post's 105,000 acres are in Tennessee, the post office is in Kentucky and the identification lies with that state. The 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles are the only air assault Division in the world. Helicopters are their primary means of transportation. Fort Campbell supports the third largest military population in the Army and the seventh largest in the Department of Defense. At 164 square miles, the installation is one of the largest in the world. Approximately 12,000 acres have facilities while the remaining 93,000+ acres are training and firing ranges. INNOVATIONS FOR LIVING

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