Design

  • Engineers and Specifiers: Tools and Considerations for Insulation System Design and Material Selection

    The mechanical engineer has the responsibility for designing a commercial building’s mechanical system. This includes pipe, duct, and equipment used to distribute energy throughout the building. The objectives for insulating these components could be to save energy, maintain temperature control, protect personnel, or—on below-ambient systems—to prevent condensation. Most of the time there are multiple objectives

  • Specifications, Standards, and Product Data Sheets

    With any product you purchase, it is important to read the label and product data sheet (and assembly instructions, if any) before you purchase it. The data sheet provides you with the physical properties or specifications of the product, defines where or how the product should be used, and details the expected performance of the

  • IECC 2015 and ASHRAE 90.1-2013: Metal Building Envelope Updates You Need to Know

    The Next Code Cycle The next commercial energy code cycle for most states is the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2015 code and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 alternative path. For some states, the new code has already gone into effect as of January 1, 2017, but the exact timing of implementation depends on each state. Remember that

  • Looking at Pre-Insulated Pipe Supports

    One of the most significant concerns for any plant engineer is how to save energy and operating costs. One way is by utilizing the appropriate pipe support components within the plant’s piping system. Choosing the wrong type of pipe supports can lead to extremely high costs, heat loss, corrosion under insulation (CUI), and a host

  • An Overview of the Structure of Insulated Pipe Supports

    When people ask me what I do for a living my response is, “Go inside any commercial building or garage and look up.” It may not be glamorous, but it is extremely important. The primary reason for insulated pipe supports is to support the weight of the pipe. The secondary reason is to provide continuous

  • Maintaining Insulation Integrity at Pipe Support Locations in Commercial Buildings

    Design engineers have utilized various methods to ensure the integrity of pipe insulation systems at pipe-support locations. The success of these methods depends heavily on the engineer’s foresight and understanding of the variables acting on the support location over the life of the system. In addition to the system requirements, optimal design and specification will

  • Understanding Passive Fire Protection and the Potential Growth Opportunities to the Mechanical Insulation Industry

    The mechanical insulation industry has a long history of understanding and promoting the safety, process, and environmental benefits of properly designed and installed insulation systems on piping, vessels, and equipment. However, one area of relatively untapped demand is the use of non-combustible thermal insulations within industrial applications to provide what is referred to as passive

  • A Tactical Approach to Insulation System Design

    Understanding Pitfalls that Can Slow Down the Installation Process

  • Zombie Specifications

    Is your boilerplate language up to date? When was the last time that you reviewed the insulation materials and system design that you recommend to clients? All too often in mechanical insulation system design specifications, the boilerplate language goes unrevised for long periods of time, even years.

  • Preventing Mechanical Insulation Systems Nightmares

    Before starting a discussion of the issues associated with mechanical pipe insulation system failures (nightmares), it is important to note that the vast majority of insulation applications function as designed, meaning they provide 1 or more of the following: energy savings, process control, personnel protection, emission reductions, noise reduction, condensation control, and plant operating efficiencies for the life of the application.