As the voice of the insulation industry, NIA conducts some research on the size of the industry and publishes market forecasts and educational articles in Insulation Outlook magazine.
Independent Study Confirms Insulation Upgrades are Keys to Significant Energy Savings and Emission Reductions in Existing Buildings
A coalition of trade associations, including the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, the Insulation Contractors Association of America, the National Insulation Association, the American Chemistry Council (Plastics Division) and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, commissioned a study that quantifies the benefits of completing insulation retrofit projects across residential, commercial and industrial buildings and underlines the potential impact forward-thinking policies can have on decarbonizing the built environment.
Read the press release from September 2022 here.
Read the Executive Summary here.
Read the Insulation Industry Opportunity Study here.
Industry Measurement Survey
As part of NIA’s Foundation for Education, Training, and Industry Advancement, this survey is conduct every 2 years to measure the size of the insulation industry. Since the first survey was completed in 1997, the goal of the survey is to obtain valuable data regarding sales, market size, and growth for the U.S. commercial and industrial mechanical insulation market. The next survey will be conducted in the first quarter of 2023.
In keeping with our membership, this survey only includes data on the commercial and industrial markets, not residential. The surveys are anonymous through a third party and therefore are not company or product specific. (See “Other Market Data Research Sources and Insulation Product Research” for customized information on these areas.)
Past Survey Results
2021-2022 (Published in 2021)
NIA Surveys Confirm Market Expectations and Forecast Growth in 2021–2022 (May 2021)
2017-2018 (Published in 2019)
The Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation and Laminated Metal Building Insulation Markets Exhibit Overall Growth (July 2019)
2015-2016 (Published in 2017)
The Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation & Laminated Metal Building Insulation Markets Exhibit Overall Growth
The Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation Market Is Growing and
Forecast Predicts Growth for Laminated Metal Building Insulation Market
2011–2012 Industry Measurement Survey: Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation Market Moving Forward
2010 Industry Measurement Survey: Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation Market Recovering
Mechanical Insulation Market Exceeds $13 Billion in 2008
Survey Indicates Commercial and Industrial Insulation Market Revenue Exceeds $9 Billion
Other Articles on the Industry
The Consequences of a “Bad Specification” From the Perspective of the Mechanical Insulation Industry
NIA Establishes New Industry Certification: The Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification™
Don’t Underestimate the Contributions of the Mechanical Insulation Industry to the U.S. Economy
Mechanical Insulation and the Insulation Industry’s Contributions to the U.S. Economy
The Mechanical Insulation Industry: A Global Perspective
Recent Developments in Mechanical Insulation Technology
The State of the Industry: 60 Years and Counting
Insulation: Greener than Trees!
Types of Insulation
Considerations for Insulation Specifications
Insulation Materials Guide
Insulation Systems: Inspection and Maintenance
The ICC, Building Codes, and the Insulation Industry
Insulation Installation Checklist
Revisiting Design Objectives
Insulation For Plastic Piping: How Much is Needed?
Mechanical Insulation in Hospitals and Schools
Mechanical Insulation Maintenance: A Proven Opportunity Hidden in Plain Sight
Mechanical Insulation Maintenance and Upgrade: The Annual Impact
Other Market Data Research Sources
A number of companies conducted surveys on the industry and have reports available or are willing to conduct customized surveys for you. Please contact them directly.
Insulation Product Research
Some individual manufacturers do conduct industry research that is product specific. Visit our membership directory, and search by manufacturer to contact them directly.
Insulation Product Recycling
If you are looking for information on insulation recycling, we are not aware of any companies that offer this service for construction sites. Some manufacturers do recycle their own product. Click here to read "How Green Is the Insulation Industry?" in Insulation Outlook magazine. Visit our membership directory, and search by manufacturer to contact them directly.
U.S. Department of Energy
NIA is a Better Climate Challenge Ally. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is challenging organizations to set ambitious, portfolio-wide GHG emission reduction goals. This new effort provides additional opportunities for peer exchange and technical assistance to meet the urgent call to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Through the Better Climate Challenge, organizations can partner with DOE to reduce portfolio-wide GHG emissions (scope 1 & 2) by at least 50% within 10 years. DOE will provide technical assistance and opportunities to learn and share actionable best practices for carbon reduction. Learn more here.