U.S. Congressman Speaks on Advantages of Mechanical Insulation

On May 16, Republican U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo of Illinois, speaking on the House floor in support of energy efficient buildings, the money they can save, and the manufacturing jobs that energy efficiency initiatives can create, encouraged his colleagues to consider supporting HR 2866, the “Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2011.”

Manzullo said HR 2866 is a common sense bill that will save money, improve facility operations, put people to work, and help our buildings perform to a higher standard.

To view Manzullo’s speech, click here.

As Manzullo touched upon, one of the easiest, most cost effective ways to improve building performance is to ensure that mechanical insulation systems are properly installed. Improved insulation for piping and mechanical components in commercial and industrial settings will help business save more than $4.8 billion a year, according to the National Insulation Association. These improvements will also save resources to the tune of more than 82 million barrels of oil, or 19 million tons of coal.


T-Tubes Technology Provide Additional Benefits in Mechanical Insulation

Many member contractors with Mechanical Insulation Industry Professionals are realizing the benefits of T-Tubes, which is an advanced tube-and-pipe insulation system specifically developed for process lines and equipment in cleanroom environments. MIIP contractors are becoming educated in its best use and installation to best serve our customers by providing this option for mechanical insulation.

T-Tubes save time and money while doing an exceptional job, MIIP contractors are discovering, because they require no jacketing and have a temperature range of -112°F to 320°F (-80°C to 160°C). With a wall thickness of only 1/4 inches, they also save space and allow for insulating areas that cannot be covered using existing methods.

T-Tubes are the only insulation in the world that is compliant with Factory Mutual (FM) Approvals 4910 standard for cleanroom materials. They have also successfully completed FM’s 4924 Pipe Chase Flammability Test. Click here to see the technical data.

With a focus on the safety, cost and environmental benefits of mechanical insulation, MIIP sees T-Tubes as a true solution for many applications. Importantly, they provide critical protection for personnel working around hot processing lines in the biotechnology, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics and food and beverage industries.

Major Energy Efficiency Gains, Annual Returns, Job Creation Possible With Greater Use Of Mechanical Insulation

The National Insulation Association (NIA), a not-for-profit trade association, has released more evidence on the advantages of Mechanical Insulation that the Mechanical Insulation Industry Professionals have long touted … “Even a modest increase in the use of energy-efficient mechanical insulation would allow the United States to quickly generate significant energy demand reductions in the industrial sector, create tens of thousands of green jobs, and help cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions,” according to the (NIA).

The NIA report states that it and its partners estimate that mechanical insulation could deliver annually $3.7 billion in energy savings and reduce 37.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions, with a return on investment in 11.3 months (106 percent annual return) from simple maintenance of mechanical insulation in industrial/manufacturing plants.

NIA estimated this maintenance work would create over 27,000 jobs per year for insulation contractors, of which 90 to 95 percent are small businesses, in all 50 states. Those 27,000 jobs support other industry channels with job opportunities of more than 13,000, bringing the total job creation opportunity to 40,000. NIA also noted that 95 percent of materials required for these opportunities are made in the United States.

MIIP agrees that these findings once again confirm that mechanical insulation is truly an overlooked and undervalued technology. The report also bolster’s MIIP support for the passage of U.S. House Resolution 2866 and U.S. Senate Bill 1526, “Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2011,” to amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow additional tax deductions for the cost of installing mechanical insulation. (Check out the MIIP blog post on these bills.)

The data for the study was collected from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now program, which MIIP notes provides many case studies that support the use of mechanical insulation.

Report Supports Green Building to Save Energy, Environment, Money

Inside Climate News recently reported on a report issued by Architecture 2030, a building sector research and advocacy group, asserting that “the greening of the U.S. building sector is on track to deliver far more energy savings than government officials predicted only a handful of years ago, with important implications for the country’s energy and climate picture.”

As the Mechanical Insulation Industry Professionals have always maintained, building green and upgrading building systems to be green saves energy, the environment and costs — which is supported by this report.

Importantly, there is no better way to build green than to make Mechanical Insulation a major part of building construction. In this way, the Architecture 2030 report supports MIIP’s calls for the use of mechanical insulation in the construction of all buildings.

In the article, Skip Laitner, an economist at the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy, said he believes that “Architecture 2030’s overall claim that green buildings will produce national efficiency gains has a sturdy foundation.”

To read the article, click here.

This report also further supports Legislation to Reward Mechanical Insulation Use Must Move Forward, such as U.S. House Resolution 2866 and U.S. Senate Bill 1526, “Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2011.”

Colleges Can Do More to Be Green, Save Money: INSULATE

Colleges all over the Northeast have Sustainability Offices now … and it is a great effort in helping these campuses map out a green and sustainable energy future.

There is no doubting that these offices have been able to get their respective colleges on the road to meeting earth-friendly goals — and even, perhaps, score higher marks on The College Sustainability Report Card.

But, for example, Brown University was one of only seven schools to earn an “A” on their Sustainability Report Card … the school’s successful efforts were accomplished in large part because Brown requires that new construction must meet LEED Silver standards, at a minimum, and the school has conducted several adaptive re-use projects. For the report on Brown’s efforts, click here.

To improve these scores, colleges need to implement — at the behest of their students and sustainability offices — construction requirements in which INSULATION must be a key component to realize true energy and cost savings … because the sustainability advantages of mechanical insulation are many. Research proves that there is no better or quicker return-on-investment than that from insulation in construction and there is nothing greener than insulating!

For research data on the many environmental and budget advantages of mechanical insulation, click here.

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.


Legislation to Reward Mechanical Insulation Use Must Move Forward

The Mechanical Insulation Industry Professionals fully support the use of mechanical insulation in new construction and existing systems for all industrial, commercial, medical, educational and residential uses. After all, research shows time and time again that mechanical insulation is the one component of any project that immediately begins paying for itself as soon as a properly insulated system is activated.

A group of well-meaning U.S. Congress members have it completely right with their legislation 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 amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow the additional tax deduction for the cost of installing mechanical insulation.

Clearly, supporters of this legislation understand the many advantages of properly applying mechanical insulation to mechanical systems. Mechanical insulation saves money and energy, helps the environment and helps maintain systems and keeps them running their best.

The bills are continuations of the “Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2009” and are, unfortunately, sitting in committee, much like its predecessors.

MIIP would like to see Congress act upon this important legislation and make it law — so that the responsible construction industry that recognizes the advantages of mechanical insulation can be better encouraged and rewarded to use properly installed mechanical insulation.

State of Montana Institutes Public Buildings Energy-Saving Program

With insulation as a key component, the Montana State Buildings Energy Conservation (SBEC) Program reduces operating costs in state facilities, including Montana universities and community colleges. Cost effective energy efficiency projects in state-owned buildings are identified, investigated and funded. Annual energy savings are anticipated to be nearly $2 million and 430,000 MMBTU.

MIIP believes a similar program should be adopted by New England-region states, in which public funds are tight and simple, environmentally friendly ways of saving money need to be instituted. MIIP knows that insulation is the one system of any building that starts paying for itself once it is implemented.

In the Montana state program, the resulting energy savings are captured and used to repay the investment. Montana will expand this existing program and fund about 60 projects identified through energy audits and approved by the 2009 Montana Legislature. Data on energy use will be collected before and after the energy conservation building retrofits.

For more information, click here.

The Value of Insulation: Goodyear Saves Money with Insulation

A recent U.S. Department of Energy report shows that a Goodyear Tire plant in Tennessee saved $875,000 in energy costs and reduced natural gas consumption implementing a program that greatly incorporated improved insulation – supporting a basic but vital fact that the Mechanical Insulation Industry Professionals strongly supports: Mechanical insulation saves money!

“Once the insulation project is completed, the company will have reduced its natural gas use by 93,000 MMBtu and No. 6 fuel oil consumption by 224,000 gallons—for a total annual savings of more than 127,000 MMBtu and nearly $875,000 in energy cost savings.”

Interestingly, Goodyear chose to implement an opportunity out of several that would yield the greatest energy savings – the plan that included insulation. The report says that the plant improved its boiler operation and load management strategy and then insulated their process equipment.

Check out the report on the MIIP Research page.


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.