• 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

  • Online Insulation Training

    Do you want to learn more about insulation, but aren’t sure where to begin? Here are some free and easily accessible resources that can help develop your understanding of mechanical insulation—whether you’re just starting out or looking to build on your existing knowledge. 1. The Mechanical Insulation Design Guide The Mechanical Insulation Design Guide (MIDG)

  • Proposed ASTM Standard for UV-Cured GRP Expected in 2018

    A proposed ASTM standard may bring a relatively unknown insulation jacket material into more projects in the United States. UV-cured glass-reinforced plastic (UV-GRP) is one insulation jacket option that has been used widely in Europe and Asia for more than a decade, and now an ASTM Task Group is spearheading an effort to create a

  • Case Study: Remediating Chilled-Water Pipe Insulation at a Football Stadium and Convention Center

    Author’s Note: “While Hurricane Harvey was devastating to some regions of Texas, to the best of my knowledge, the buildings mentioned in this article were not flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Even if the stadium and convention center had flooded, I engineered an insulation system that does not absorb water, so the system should not be