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  • 10/29/19
    Karen Kroll
    Ceilings have become crucial elements in the design and acoustics of many commercial spaces. If you haven’t looked up lately, you may want to take a gander. The unrelenting, albeit functional, grids of two-by-two acoustical panels that have comprised many commercial ceilings are being replaced with open plenums, colorful baffles, ceiling clouds in varying shapes and sizes, and perforated wood and metal panels, among other interesting, aesthetically pleasing materials.more...
  • 10/29/19
    Karen Kroll
    While open plenum spaces have gained popularity, they’re not a panacea, nor can they be used everywhere. For instance, they can’t be used in many healthcare settings, Barnes says, noting that open ceilings “would have lots of places for dust and microbes to hide.”Acoustics is another concern. In a traditional closed ceiling, the acoustical ceiling panel typically does a decent job of absorbing sound. With an open plenum, that acoustical line of defense is lost.more...
  • 10/09/19
    JM Editors
    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. more...
  • 09/25/19
    Kim Melton
    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 thermalmore...
  • 09/25/19
    Bob Reid
    I recently had a son graduate from college. To celebrate, my wife and I took a group out to a week-old new restaurant.more...
  • 09/25/19
    Gordon H. Hart
    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 onmore...
  • 09/25/19
    Mary Cook
    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.more...
  • 09/25/19
    JM Editors
    When it comes to insulating large diameter pipes and vessels, there are a variety of insulating options available, including Johns Manville’s Thermo-1200™ calcium silicate curved segments and V-grooved/scored block. Given that these two insulation products are largely used for the same purpose, it can be challenging to know which one to select for your large-diameter application. We recently sat down with Jack Bittner, Johns Manville’s Industrial Product Manager, to discuss the differences inmore...
  • 09/25/19
    Stephen J. Thomas
    Much of the process industry operates on a seven day per week, twenty-four hour per day schedule, and has one thing in common. The common element being key pieces of equipment cannot be worked on or internally inspected unless they are taken out of service in order to perform the required work. As a result, plants often execute what are referred to as shutdowns, outages, or turnarounds.  For the sake of this article, let’s simply use the word “outages” to identify these significant events.more...
  • 09/25/19
    Ronald L. King
    You continually hear mechanical insulation contractors, and others, complaining about incomplete, outdated, or irrelevant mechanical insulation specifications (i.e., “bad specifications”).Immediately you want to know, what is a bad versus a good specification and what are the advantages or consequences of both?more...