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  • August 8, 2018

    As the insulation industry strives to help equip new talent with the skills and tools necessary to fabricate and install well-detailed, effective insulation systems, many programs are being developed by major players in the insulation industry to meet the growing need for education. For example, NAIMA (the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association) developed the Duct Instruct Program – a train-the-trainer program designed to help ensure that vocational schools are equipped to properly train their students on duct board fabrication.

  • August 8, 2018

    “Forward-thinking contractors keep duct insulation in the forefront as they understand the impact it has on temperature loss through the duct system,” said David Richardson, curriculum developer and trainer, National Comfort Institute (NCI). “It’s almost always a focal point of any duct renovation or upgrade they perform.”

  • August 8, 2018

    Generally, when the words duct insulation and acoustics appear in the same sentence, I usually think duct liner and sound absorption. If I am having a more cerebral moment, I may think insertion loss or friction loss. But that is not all there is to HVAC duct insulation. While duct liners certainly play an important role in providing thermal and acoustical insulation for HVAC systems, duct coverings or duct wraps also provide important alternatives.

  • August 8, 2018

    The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) System Market is a rapidly growing market, especially in the U.S and Canada with a value of $81.1 billion in 2015 - and is expected to continue to grow by 5.5% each year through to 2022 [1]. In addition to this, jobs within mechanics and installation in HVACR are also increasing by 21% through to 2022 [2].

    Talent At A Premium

  • July 11, 2018

    As we see a cultural shift toward more energy-efficient and sustainable living, building compliance codes like the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are being adopted by more and more local jurisdictions. The IECC is a prescriptive code that has established regulations for energy efficient buildings. The code is designed to help promote the use of new materials, technology, and energy efficient designs.

  • July 11, 2018

    The International Code Council has put together a series of short videos to help you get a full view of the changes they’ve made to the 2015 IECC. Click here to see the complete list. 

  • July 11, 2018

    Corporate office space is undergoing a rapid transformation. Traditionally, these spaces included a ring of private offices around the perimeter of the space, with cubical farms occupying the center. Today, companies are moving to more of an open office plan, which requires different considerations for HVAC system design.

  • July 11, 2018

    Companies looking for insulation replacement solutions for commercial buildings should keep in mind that there are many wrong ways to implement these projects. Mistakes made in getting commercial installation in place can destroy energy efficiency initiatives and cost businesses a lot of money. They can lead to non-compliance with industry standards, and raise risks.

    Here are some of the things that a professional HVAC company takes care to avoid during commercial insulation repair projects for a business client.

  • June 26, 2018

    The 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has been published, and it includes new provisions regarding HVAC ducts buried in vented attic insulation. The code changes, proposed by Craig Drumheller from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), allow ducts to be buried in attic insulation, and when using the performance path, provides credit for the improved duct efficiency.    

    We sat down with Craig to dive into some of the details of his proposed code change, and how it can influence duct system design and energy savings.

  • June 26, 2018

    Eric Makela, co-host for JM’s webinar, Know the Code: Understanding Building Code Compliance, has put together a detailed presentation on the most significant code changes in the 2015 IECC building code.

    Click here to view the slide deck.