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  • October 9, 2019

    We recently hosted our live webinar, “Insulation Systems as a Design Element,” where we received a variety of excellent questions. Below, you’ll find the answers to the top 10 questions from the webinar (plus an honorable mention). Many of the answers have links to resources where you can find additional information on the question topic. 

  • September 25, 2019

    Traditionally, building design has “hidden” the building components (pipes, ducts, and insulation) behind walls and ceiling panels. As a result, historically, HVAC insulation has simply needed to offer thermal and/or acoustical performance – the outward appearance of the HVAC material and its facing has largely been insignificant if not entirely irrelevant to the application. However, new design trends are creating a space and a need for HVAC insulation materials that not only offer thermal and/or acoustical control, but also, to the extent it is visible, offer outward aesthetic appeal.

  • September 25, 2019

    I recently had a son graduate from college. To celebrate, my wife and I took a group out to a week-old new restaurant.

  • September 25, 2019

    A number of different codes and standards for thermal insulation are related to fire safety—ASTM E84, ASTM E136, ASTM E119, and UL 1790, as well as regulations about fire penetration seals, grease ducts, and so forth. It can seem a maze of confusing standards to those who do not spend much time dealing with fire safety. It makes one wonder whether there need to be so many, and whether there is overlap. What needs to be specified when one simply wants thermal insulation that will not catch on fire, release smoke and toxic fumes, and harm people?

  • September 25, 2019

    Identifying business trends is important in every field; it allows companies to stay up-to-date, competitive and relevant. We’ve found it spurs innovation, too, as we consider how to offer products and services that are original, inventive and more effective than their predecessors. But this year we realized that 2019’s emerging commercial interior design trends reflect a major paradigm shift in our field.

  • July 24, 2019

    As we continue to see a cultural shift toward supporting and implementing sustainability, recycling and sustainable manufacturing processes are becoming substantially more prominent. When it comes to materials like fiberglass insulation, it’s a one-two punch as this is a material that can substantially improve a building’s energy efficiency, and it is made from glass, a rapidly renewable and readily recyclable material.

  • July 24, 2019

    In Georgia, for instance, Pratt Industries stopped accepting glass from DeKalb County’s curbside recycling program when it opened a new plant in September 2015. The company said it considered glass a contaminant in the stream, because the material damaged its equipment. The company later said it was developing a network of locations where consumers could drop off glass for recycling.

  • July 24, 2019

    The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has announced the results of a recent survey of its members' use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in insulation and acoustical products in 2017.  The survey includes data from both U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities.

  • July 24, 2019

    Third-party certification is widely recognized as playing an integral role in helping companies demonstrate their environmental, sustainability, and safety achievements to their customers and stakeholders.  As a certification body, the question we are most frequently asked is what qualifies us to do this work.

  • June 12, 2019

    If you look at a duct wrap insulation data sheet, you may notice that there are two different R-Values listed: Installed R-Value and Out-of-Package R-Value. These two R-Values reflect the difference in thermal performance that occurs when you compress the insulation during installation (installed R-value) from the thermal performance of the insulation directly out of the package (out-of-package R-value).