Article Promotes Insulating Steam and Hot Water Pipes to Save Energy

An article in a recent Insulation Outlook, the magazine of the National Insulation Association, examines the “many opportunities” that exist for energy savings in institutional buildings that use district heating systems.

The article notes that typically, “there are many heat distribution pipe components left either uninsulated or partially insulated. If you can walk into a mechanical or boiler room and see bare steel on operational heat distribution pipe and equipment components, then thermal energy is being wasted.”

As MIIP has constantly and consistently maintained in its messages, the article states: “This thermal energy waste can be corrected simply by insulating those bare components.”

The article sites a study that found insulating these components has been predicted to comprise 8 percent of buildings’ total fuel use for heating. “Payback periods of less than 1 year, and even as short as several months, are common when insulating these previously bare components,” the study found.

As the article concludes, MIIP also recommends that mechanical designers and facility owners/operators survey their mechanical rooms and boiler rooms for bare pipe components and equipment. Just as the study’s author states, MIIP recommends using removable/reusable insulation blankets for these components.

Click here to read the article: Saving Energy by Insulating Pipe Components on Steam and Hot Water Distribution Systems


MIIP Will Enhance Insulation Industry in New England

Perhaps the most striking feature of the Mechanical Insulation Industry Professionals (MIIP) is that it is a labor-management organization, so it involves a unique dynamic in which contractors — the management — and their insulation workforce — the labor — work together for a common goal.

The singular mission is an important one, especially in today’s day and age where saving money and protecting the environment are paramount in industry, education, construction, commercial and just about any industry.

This collaboration will produce best practices in the New England  region’s insulation industry … because MIIP members are dedicated to ensuring contractors and insulation technicians are the very best prepared to handle any commercial, industrial, bio-tech, medical or higher-educational facility insulation project. This is accomplished through TRAINING and INDUSTRY STANDARDS and REGULATIONS.

What’s more, MIIP will EDUCATE those who make decisions about construction and the general public, to show them how insulation saves money and is the greenest construction product available, among many other advantages. To learn more, click here.

And visit the MIIP website constantly for updates, news and research on the organization and the insulation industry.