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  • 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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  • July 6, 2016

    Subscribe to our Blog here. In the mechanical industry, we often strive to find the right balance between economical (i.e., cost savings) engineering and optimal performance. Often times, this leaves engineers, building owners, specifiers and contractors struggling to pick between saving money and maximizing performance as they aim to do what is best for their customers while simultaneously providing a robust system with reliable longevity.

  • July 6, 2016

    We all know that insulation saves energy, and by extension, money, but this is all based on two key factors: 1) proper specification and 2) proper installation. While the first is established early on, the second requires more thought and attention throughout the life of the installation. Subscribe to our Blog here.

  • July 6, 2016

    Building and energy codes strongly dictate many of the design factors that we implement into buildings and facilities today. While the codes vary from application to application, and location to location, they are critical components when it comes to designing and specifying insulation systems. These codes can be developed by numerous different entities from the government to organizations that help builders design eco-friendly buildings. Subscribe to our Blog here.

  • July 6, 2016

    When it comes time to choose insulation, it can often be tempting to go with the bare minimum that meets specifications or even change the specification to save money - we term this, “value-engineering.” Simultaneously, using too much insulation or the wrong insulation isn't an economical approach either. This is why it's critical to evaluate the return on investment (ROI) as you're making decisions about which insulation and how much insulation is right for your system. Subscribe to our Blog here.