• An Introduction to Removable Covers

    Blankets, covers, pads, wraps, even diapers—all these words describe a fully encapsulated insulation system that can be applied, removed, and then applied again without special tools or skills. Removable insulation systems are commonly used on piping components that need to be accessed regularly for maintenance, calibration, or inspection, but still require insulation for personnel protection

  • Insulation Maintenance: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    In the case of insulation systems, the phrase out of sight, out of mind, often applies. Most commercial insulation work and many industrial insulation systems are hard to access or are hidden in walls, ceiling areas, or spaces that are seldom seen. These rarely seen insulation systems are designed to perform quietly for many years

  • Commissioning Explained Using the Human Body as an Example

    Whenever someone asks me about my job and I respond with Commissioning Engineer, I usually get a blank stare. Commissioning can be difficult to explain to people who don’t have a background in construction or are hearing about it for the first time. Simple explanations, like quality assurance or quality control, can be vague and

  • Have an Insulation Question? NIA Has Answers

    At NIA, we know just how big an impact insulation can make. Looking at energy and financial savings, longer system life, and more efficient operations, there are few other technologies that pack as big a punch as mechanical insulation. Part of NIA’s mission is to spread the word on the industry’s under-appreciated workhorse, and to

  • Contractor’s View: Insufficient Space Leads to Insulation Update

    The Problem My company, Insulating Services, Inc., a NIA Contractor member since 1990, was contacted by a client in the Southeast who was requesting an evaluation of their existing indoor insulation system due to the larger than desired process temperature drop their system was experiencing. The client company reconditions catalyst beds that are used for emission

  • Insulation Product Guides

    In the July 2018 issue of Insulation Outlook, we had a special section, 18 Months of Product Enhancements and Innovation. Since we often hear feedback from readers that they use Insulation Outlook to learn about products, we invited manufacturers to share recent product improvements. A PDF of the section is available below. Click here to

  • Advice from the Field: What Insulation Professionals Wish You Knew

    We asked several National Insulation Association industry leaders what design issues they face and what information that they would like engineers, system designers, and specifiers to know. Their responses are below. Steve Luse is the fourth-generation CEO of Luse Thermal Technologies (, a NIA Union Contractor member company founded in 1923, and a multifaceted construction,

  • Not So Frequently Asked Questions About Insulation and Mechanical Systems

    At the National Insulation Association’s (NIA’s) recent 63rd Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, representatives from the Technical Information Committee hosted a panel discussion where panelists had the opportunity to answer live questions from the audience, anonymous questions submitted in advance, as well as sharing a variety of questions that they have heard over their many

  • Value Engineering: What’s the Real Cost?

    Is there a Value in Value Engineering? Value engineering can be a controversial topic. Some would call it an effective way to reduce costs, while others claim it leads to improper material selection or installation, leading to complications for the system down the road. When designing a system and choosing materials, it is important to

  • Tips from an Insulation Contractor: Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Project on Time and on Budget

    There are many factors that can affect the success of a project. Following are 10 of the most common issues experienced during insulation installation and solutions to ensure they don’t negatively affect the project. These issues tend to crop up repeatedly, so it is important to continually reinforce these lessons to project teams. By avoiding