Market Research

  • Global Demand for Insulation

    Global demand for insulation is expected to rise 3.7% per year to 26.0 billion square meters of R-1 value in 2020. Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of insulation demand gains, with rising building construction activity and industrial output driving growth.

  • Factors Affecting the Insulation Market

    The insulation market has seen steady growth in demand over the past decade, increasing on average by just under 3% annually between 2000 and 2010. The global market for thermal insulation materials totalled 37.1 million tons in 2012, worth an estimated $84.4 billion, including materials used in wall, floor, and roof applications. This is expected

  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball

    A look at 4 different predictions from construction sources about what will impact the industry in 2014.

  • Construction Industry Growing Steadily

    A look at the opportunities and challenges facing the industry over the next few years.

  • Moving Forward Into 2014—Forecast: Economic Recovery and Continued Growth

    As 2013 draws to a close, the U.S. economy is coming off a lackluster year in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) growth and employment. Real GDP for the third quarter (Q3) of 2013 increased at an annual rate of 2.8%, primarily driven by a build-up in inventories. Consumer expenditures account for about 70% of

  • New Column: Insulation Finishes – This Month’s Topic: Polymeric (Plastic) Rolls or Sheets

    Product Characteristics of Weather Barriers, Vapor Retarders, and Finishes Polymeric (plastic) rolls or sheets are available at various thicknesses. These materials are glued, solvent welded, or taped depending on the polymer. Elbows and tees are also available for piping for some type of polymers. Typical polymeric (plastic) jacketing materials are: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Polyvinyliedene Chloride

  • Using the MICA Manual (7th Edition) to Simplify Project Planning and Execution

    The Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA) recently released the 7th Edition of the National Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards, often called the MICA Manual. This guide is a definitive source of technical information for the design, specification, and installation of commercial and industrial insulation. Many engineers use the manual to help them document and outline

  • Skilled Labor: An Increasingly Scarce Resource

    During the past 6 years, the U.S. construction industry shed more than 1.8 million jobs. Construction unemployment reached its peak (27.1%) in February 2010, even though the broader economy had been out of the recession for nearly a year. By February 2013, the unemployment rate fell to 15.7%—lower than in previous years, but still well

  • MTL Product Catalog: Looking for Insulation Information? Here is the Technical Information You Need for Your Next Project!

    Are you trying to find the right type of insulation material for your job but don’t want to search website after website? Do you want to quickly and easily compare insulation products? Are you looking for a source to answer all your questions? You’ve found it: The MIDG and MTL Product Catalog! NIA has a

  • Exploring Insulation Materials: Flexible Aerogel Insulation

    Flexible aerogel insulation is a composite of an amorphous silica-based aerogel cast into a fiber reinforcement. The fiber reinforcement may consist of a batt, a needled felt blanket, or other configurations of fibers. The fibers themselves may be inorganic, such as glass fibers, or organic, such as polyethylene. The flexible aerogel insulation typically contains hydrophobic