Reston, VA —October 20—The National Insulation Association (NIA) is pleased to announce that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be conducting mechanical insulation energy and water assessments as directed by the 2017 Military Construction-VA Appropriations bill, which NIA worked to get passed. The bill was included in Congress’s continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 9, 2016. The bill included the following language:
Mechanical insulation assessments.—The Committee acknowledges the cost savings possible through energy savings associated with proper insulation, and encourages VA to work in collaboration with industry partners to conduct a mechanical insulation energy and water assessment at several representative VA hospitals. The assessment should study the potential for improved energy and water efficiency of the selected medical center mechanical systems by applying mechanical insulation in repair, replacement, or upgrade applications. Assessment results shall be shared through a report to the Committee not later than 60 days after enactment of this Act.
NIA’s Executive Vice President/CEO Michele M. Jones noted, “This is a huge success for the insulation industry, and NIA will pursue working alongside the VA to complete these case studies. Our hope is that these studies are used as best practices for all VA facilities and to expand these assessments to other federal agencies.” She added, “Every assessment that proves the value of a properly insulated system is one more tool that we can use to bring increased awareness of the benefits of insulation and get our industry out in front of the energy-efficiency discussion.”
Further legislative updates are included in NIA’s monthly Foundation newsletter, Insulation Advocate. Click here for the current and past issues available on NIA’s website.
NIA is a not-for-profit trade association representing both merit (open shop) and union contractors, distributors, laminators, fabricators, and manufacturers that provide thermal insulation, insulation accessories, and components to the commercial, mechanical, and industrial markets throughout the nation. Since 1953, the northern Virginia-based association has been the voice of the insulation industry and is dedicated to keeping the commercial and industrial insulation industry up to date on the latest industry trends and technologies. For more information, visit www.Insulation.org.