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  • 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.

  • November 4, 2016

    Businesses across the United States are striving to adapt to new energy efficiency standards put forth by the Clean Power Plan in 2015. These new standards that call for major reductions in energy consumption have required adaptations for many businesses in the construction industry in particular. However, to help propel the plan forward, the EPA has established a system of credits (the Clean Energy Incentive Program) for the implementation of renewable energy sources.

  • November 4, 2016

    Santa Monica, California is the first city in the United States to approve an ordinance calling for all new homes to be net-zero in terms of energy consumption. Net-zero home generate as much energy as they consume from the grid by using renewable energy sources like solar or wind.

    This effort is the first of its kind and could lead the way for future building requirements in other cities across the US. Santa Monica isn’t the only city with this initiative in mind. Other cities in the US, like Villanova, PA and Irvine, CA, have also put a strong emphasis on green building features.

  • September 7, 2016

    Mechanical engineers and insulation contractors are critical components to every successful build, particularly when it comes to designing and installing insulation systems. Engineers design the insulation systems that help ensure that mechanical systems within buildings operate efficiently, while contractors bring those designs to life by installing the insulation to the engineers’ specifications. While these two roles directly relate to each other, they typically operate independently of one another.

  • September 7, 2016

    We hear a lot about value-engineering, but it can often be difficult to determine whether you are making is a practical, cost-saving decision or a short-sighted conclusion that doesn’t account for the long-term results. This article explains the benefits of value-engineering, and delves into where it can cause pitfalls for the long-term performance of the mechanical insulation system. 

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  • September 7, 2016

    In this article, we get a unique look into what contractors would like engineers, architects and building owners to know regarding building construction. It breaks down the top 10 lessons a contractor would share regarding mechanical insulation systems, and gives us some perspective as to how upstream decisions can impact downstream behavior.

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  • September 7, 2016

    Steam distribution and condensate return lines can consume massive amounts of energy if they aren’t insulated properly, but it can often be difficult to grasp how much energy and money is actually being consumed.  This article breaks it down the cost of energy loss so you can see exactly what the numbers have to say.

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