Design

  • Corrosion Prevention: What You Need to Know

    There have been many studies done and academic papers written about the subject of corrosion under insulation (CUI) on metal piping, ducts, tanks, etc. CUI is a concern for insulation used on pipes operating in the temperature range of 32°F to 250°F for carbon steel and 140°F to 250°F for austenitic stainless steel. It is

  • Industrial Insulation Specifications: What Needs to Happen, Why It Matters, and Who Should Care

    Industrial insulation specifications are the result of copious notes, research, and specifications that are refined over time and compiled into documents. These documents are then shared with the prominent stakeholders in industrial facility construction and maintenance projects. They are a necessary component of most, if not all, industrial process and equipment designs. Even so, it

  • Condensation Control: Why the Proper Insulation Choices Will Keep You Out of the Rain

    Where Is this Water Coming From? All air on earth contains at least a little bit of moisture in the form of water vapor because of the earth’s atmosphere and climate.1 This means that water vapor is always going to be present in the air around your systems and will condense into a liquid with

  • A Conversation on Commissioning

    Editor’s Note: Commissioning first showed up in the building market in 1977 when Public Works Canada started using it in their project delivery system. Others got on board in the early 1980s, and the decade closed with ASHRAE Guideline 1, first published in 1989. Electric utilities promoted commissioning and its use became more widespread, including

  • Want Happy Employees? You Need Insulation

    The Saint Gobain building study was undertaken for the purpose of being able to get quantified metrics on how exactly building and design choices affect personnel and thus, business operations. The subjects were studied for 3 years in the first building, and then before and after they moved into the new building. The unique circumstances

  • New Study on Occupant Comfort Advances Saint Gobain’s Design Approach for Renovation and New Construction

    Saint Gobain, the building materials supplier, has released the results of a 3-year-long study that compared occupant comfort for the 800 employees at its old headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with the comfort levels for those same employees after they moved into the company’s new 277,000-sf North American headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, which opened in

  • 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