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.
- The Consequences of a “Bad Specification” From the Perspective of the Mechanical Insulation Industry (May 2019)
- NIA Establishes New Industry Certification: The Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification™ (July 2019)
- Don’t Underestimate the Contributions of the Mechanical Insulation Industry to the U.S. Economy (August 2019)
- Mechanical Insulation and the Insulation Industry’s Contributions to the U.S. Economy (September 2018)
Mechanical Insulation Statistics
- Insulation by the Numbers: Use this to help show your client how insulation makes a difference
- E-Learning Course: NIA has developed five free 20-45 minute classes to educate employees and end users on the basics of insulation.
- Insulation Calculators: These 8 easy-to-use calculators show financial impact, insulation thickness, and temperature control.
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 2019.
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
2017-2018 (Published in 2019)
2015-2016 (Published in 2017)
2010 Industry Measurement Survey: Commercial and Industrial Mechanical Insulation Market Recovering
Other Articles on the Industry
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
What Does 2013 Hold in Store for the Construction Industry?
Insulation For Plastic Piping: How Much is Needed?
Prospects for Growth Improving, But Risks Remain: Outlook for 2012
Annual Energy Outlook 2011
Mechanical Insulation in Hospitals and Schools
2011: Codes Update: Commercial Energy Codes
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. Visit our membership directory, and search by manufacturer to contact them directly.
U.S. Department of Energy
In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy released the agency’s second analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. By administering a new supplemental survey to over 30,000 energy sector employers, the Department’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) tracked dramatic growth in several key sectors of the U.S. economy in 2016.
For the full report and state charts, click here.