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  • April 6, 2017

    Fiber glass is one of the most studied man-made substances on the planet, and there are dozens of studies specifically designed to determine whether fiber glass poses any health hazard to humans. These third-party studies have produced a robust body of scientific evidence supporting the safety of fiber glass in air handling applications.  However, despite the evidence supporting both its safety and performance, there are still some lingering fears about the safety of fiber glass. Primarily:

  • April 6, 2017

    The Health and Safety Partnership Program is a voluntary workplace safety program for workers involved in the manufacture, fabrication, installation, and removal of glass wool and mineral wool products. This article describes one element of this Partnership Program, the development of an occupational exposure database that characterizes exposures by fiber type, industry sector, product type, and job description.

  • April 6, 2017

    The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) through the National Mechanical Insulation Committee (NMIC) has developed the Mechanical Insulation Design Guide (MIDG) to provide a comprehensive source of information on the performance, use, testing and standardization of mechanical insulation in buildings and industrial facilities. Click here to read more!

  • April 6, 2017

    Proper mechanical insulation of chilled-water piping is critical. The life-cycle cost savings and risk avoidance made possible by insulating chilled-water piping is vital to the design of a high-functioning system. Chilled-water pipe insulation is the wrong place to attempt value engineering when designing new or replacement piping. Incorrect product selection or using untrained installers can cause a building owner’s life-cycle costs to increase by millions of dollars compared to the minor cost premium of correctly insulating the pipe.

  • January 12, 2017

    Engineers and contractors are under constant pressure to optimize system performance as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. Often times, this is easier said than done, and in an effort to accommodate external pressure to meet financial goals as well as project deliverables, many engineers and contractors attempt to value-engineer the insulation materials in the system.

  • January 12, 2017

    There are a number of elements that go into designing greener, more efficient buildings, but more and more we’re seeing that just considering the immediate impact of the building materials falls short of the whole picture. To address this, MIT released a report that discusses the critical components to comparing the impact of the whole building life-cycle against just the building product environmental performance…more

  • January 12, 2017

    Chilled water pipe systems play by a different set of rules than above ambient applications, and this calculator can help you estimate how much insulation you’ll need to prevent condensation from forming on the outer surface of an insulated, horizontal, steel pipe. Better yet, you’ll also find several other calculators to help you estimate everything from energy savings, to financial savings, to how long it will take for water to freeze in an insulated pipe. ..read more

  • January 12, 2017

    Regular maintenance is critical to ensuring safe and optimized pipe system performance. Yet it can be difficult to know when it’s time to replace and upgrade your pipes or insulation. This blog by NCMI Mechanical Insulators outlines 3 key factors that will help you decide whether or not it’s time to look at replacing your system components. 

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  • November 4, 2016

    Plenum spaces in buildings are designed to house HVAC systems, computer and telephone network cables, and pipe runs. They are engineered to provide pathways for airflows in HVAC systems. Typically, building designers will implement plenum space as drop-ceilings or raised floors.

  • November 4, 2016

    Mechanical insulation is a great tool when specified and installed properly, but in the rare circumstances when it is improperly installed or poorly specified, the entire system can be compromised. That said, there are a lot of moving parts that play into designing, installing, and maintaining a robust system.