NIA’s Updated Website Increases Access to Tools and Resources
The National Insulation Association (NIA) recently unveiled its redesigned website at its Fall Summit 2016 meeting. The updated, streamlined design will make it even easier for users to access NIA’s numerous resources. These tools are helpful for those looking to simply learn more about mechanical insulation, or those who need detailed information on how to properly insulate mechanical systems. When it comes to insulation, www.Insulation.org, is a one-stop shop for users of all knowledge levels.
On the Training & Tools section of our site, there is a link to the Mechanical Insulation Education and Awareness E-Learning series, a 5-module online training seminar that teaches users about the benefits, proper design and installation, and maintenance of mechanical insulation. This online training seminar includes modules and quizzes that give users a thorough 101 training on mechanical insulation basics—it is an excellent supplement to existing training programs, and is very beneficial to those who are seeking to learn more about insulation. Those who complete the course are also eligible for credit from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and its sister organization, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), as well as the American Institute of Architects (AIA). NIA also offers professional development hours (PDHs) for the completion of the course.
The Training & Tools section of the site also gives users access to the insulation Simple Calculators. These calculators were created in a joint effort by NIA and the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office to improve the energy efficiency of the industrial and commercial sectors. They are fast, free, and functional tools that help users quickly and easily calculate the energy savings, financial returns, and other information for the design of mechanical systems.
Design and Specification Resources
For the A-to-Z information on the design of properly insulated mechanical systems, the Mechanical Insulation Design Guide (MIDG) in the About Insulation section of NIA’s redesigned website is the best resource.
The MIDG is a thorough and comprehensive tool that can take users step-by-step through the information they need to design a high-functioning, efficient system that will protect personnel and save energy and money.
For users who want to get down to brass tacks, the Techs and Specs section of the website offers extensive detail and professional expertise. Here you will find the Guide to Insulation Product Specifications, which compiles all current ASTM, federal, and military specifications relevant to the insulation industry; the Insulation Science glossary, which contains definitions for even the most technical insulation jargon; the Insulation Materials Specification Chart, which provides users with physical and material properties of various insulation materials as specified in ASTM Materials Specifications; and resources for relevant insulation codes and standards. It is a must-visit section of the site for those who seek to learn more about how insulation can improve their systems.
Ensuring Top Performance
Facility owners or managers wondering if their systems could benefit from the use of insulation should visit the Find a Certified Appraiser page on the Training & Tools section of the website. NIA’s Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers can evaluate systems to see if energy (and money) is being lost due to insufficient insulation.
NIA has a long history of connecting insulation experts and resources with the insulation end users who can benefit from this information. The newly redesigned site makes it easier for site visitors to access our resource and will help NIA continue to provide the most relevant and updated information. Check back often to see the new updates and information on www.Insulation.org!
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