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 is a Big Fan of The ISAVE Team — A Mechanical Insulation Winner

Much like MIIP acts locally, the ISAVE Team, a consortium of mechanical insulation specialty contractors, works to promote the mechanical insulation industry throughout Canada and the United States.  Importantly, ISAVE promotes the proper installation and use of mechanical insulation and firestops along with the removal of asbestos- and lead-containing materials.

And just like MIIP touts, ISAVE also recognizes that insulation is the original green technology.

ISAVE, as well as MIIP, strives to be a source of mechanical insulation information — data that proves the value of insulation. Some iSAVE Team members even offer energy audits through the National Insulation Association Insulation Energy Appraisal Program.

What’s more, the contractors that are associated with ISAVE are true industry professionals; the ISAVE group of contractors offer highly skilled project management, just like MIIP, to provide highly skilled, safety-trained, drug-tested and ready-to-work employees who can perform all tasks relating to mechanical insulation in any facility.

Key to the ISAVE Team, as with MIIP, is workforce training — ensuring contractors and employees are capable of performing mechanical insulation and firestopping in commercial, industrial, institutional, hospital and high-rise facilities.

In the end, just like MIIP, the ISAVE Team offers quality project management, superior value, and a safe and under budget project.

Free 3-E Energy Audits Save Money By Identifying Proper Insulation Needs

Mechanical Insulation Industry Professionals contractors use cutting-edge 3E Plus Program software that enables customers to see the many benefits that can be attained through proper insulation. This audit can help you make sure your facility is properly insulated — so you can SAVE ENERGY & MONEY with a 3E Insulation Energy Audit.

MIIP incorporates the 3E Appraisal Process to calculate the need for insulation installation, upgrade or maintenance – helping customers recognize potential cost savings of operating their systems with the proper insulation upgrades. Contact MIIP to receive a free audit!

3E Plus is used to effectively calculate the necessary thickness of insulation based on Return On Investment (P.O.I.), installation costs, tax rates and maintenance. With this tool, MIIP is able to provide customers with exceptional R.O.I. because proper installation of mechanical insulation systems provides quicker return than nearly any other energy efficiency investment.

Importantly, the 3-E Plus Program addresses the use of mechanical insulation in new construction and existing systems for all industrial, commercial, medical, educational and residential uses. Even in the U.S. Congress, legislation exists that would provide a tax incentive for the installation and maintenance of mechanical insulation.

U.S. House Resolution 2866 and U.S. Senate Bill 1526, “Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2011,” propose to amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow the additional tax deduction for the cost of installing mechanical insulation. MIIP fully supports these bills — and the use of free 3-E energy audits.