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.

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.”

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.

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.


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.