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  • 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).

  • June 12, 2019

    When insulating ducts, understanding the meaning and impact of R-Values and insulation thicknesses is essential to getting the most efficient, affordable outcome on your heating installation project. The ratings provide a guide for homeowners that determines the effectiveness of the insulation, making it easier to choose the right insulation for your home.  Proper insulation can save homeowners time and money, while conserving energy for a greener future.

    Click here to learn more about how thickness impacts R-Value. 

  • June 12, 2019

    Steel is the infrastructure of the duct fabrication industry, which is why it makes sense for us to keep an eagle eye on all the factors that influence its price and availability to duct manufacturers. Enter our new steel report section on SNIPSmag.com. There you’ll find in depth analysis on all the latest news about tariffs on steel and other metals as well as profiles on some of the country’s most well-known steel producers.

  • June 12, 2019

    Insulation Outlook has gathered articles from industry experts to discuss the outlook for the rest of 2019 and beyond.

    • Reasons for Optimism—and Caution—in 2019 by Ken Simonson
    • Keep Calm, Stay Focused, and Get Ahead of the Next Downturn by Chris Daum
    • Though Signs Point to a Slowdown, Growth in Construction Spending Should Continue through 2020 by Kermit Baker
    • 2019 Engineering and Construction Industry Outlook by Michell Miesels

    Click here to read each of these detailed articles.

  • March 27, 2019

    When it comes to fiberglass insulation, there are a variety of facings available to meet the unique needs of varied HVAC and mechanical applications.  That said, when it comes to selecting a facing material, there’s are a variety of nuanced details that should influence your facing material selection. Facings serve a variety of purposes, ranging from aesthetics to limiting vapor drive. As you consider which facing is best for your application, there are a number of characteristics you’ll want to consider before you make your selection.

  • March 27, 2019

    A vapor retarder is defined as a material or system that adequately retards the transmission of water vapor under specific conditions. Building occupants, certain appliances, plants, and plumbing equipment generate moisture that is carried in the air as vapor.

  • March 27, 2019

    FSK, PSK, ASJ, poly-top and vinyl are all common insulation facing terms you may have heard referenced within the insulation industry. At the most basic level, these terms relate to the external, protective surface-facing or jacketing on insulations used for pipes or HVAC ductwork. Facings and jacketings serve several purposes in air handling and piping applications, including helping your system meet building codes, achieve better energy efficiency, and control condensation – just to name a few.

  • March 27, 2019

    Duct leakage associated with forced air HVAC systems has proven to be one of the largest energy wasters in our industry. Just like many things in the HVAC business, the devil is in the details in regards to duct sealing. Depending on who you talk to, you could get a number of different answers on the proper way to seal a duct system. There are a lot of different tools, materials, methods, and testing that contractors are using to seal ducts.

    What gear do I really need to seal ducts?

  • January 16, 2019

    We had a lot of great webinars in 2018, and we’ve taken a few minutes to dig into which ones were the most popular. Below, we’ve outlined our top three webinars from the year. You can find all of them on The Source or link directly to them from the article below.