Free Online Training Class
This 2-hour online self-paced class teaches the basics and science of insulation in 5 modules. Each section of the Mechanical Insulation Education & Awareness E-Learning Series is 20-45 minutes and is followed by a quiz. You can incorporate these modules into your own training program or use them as an introduction to the basics of an insulation system.
- NIA worked with its partners to offer this course to a wide audience. It is available on the web in 2 places:
- Module 1 Educational Series Introduction and Defining Mechanical Insulation
- Module 2 Benefits of Mechanical Insulation
- Module 3 Mechanical Insulation, Science & Technology
- Module 4 Mechanical Insulation Design Objectives and Considerations
- Module 5 Mechanical Insulation Maintenance
Mechanical Insulation Design Guide (MIDG)
This website explains the different design questions you should consider when designing an insulation system. It is a decision tree that guides you through the process and assists you in insulation material selection. There are also 8 different insulation calculators that go beyond 3E Plus® and help you determine proper thickness, ROI, and how to control temperatures. A quick link to the calculators is in the next section.
Mechanical Insulation Design Guide
These unique online calculators will help you determine how to build your insulation system.
Energy Conservation—Financial Considerations
Economic Considerations—Return on Investment
- Mechanical Insulation Financial Calculator
- Estimate Time to Freezing for Water in an Insulated Pipe Calculator
NIA's Membership Directory
Our members are one of our best resources. Search by contractor, distributor, fabricator, manufacturer, metal building laminator, company name, or by state. Click here to get started.
NIA’s MTL Product Catalog: Online Technical Literature Library
The MTL Product Catalog houses up-to-the-minute technical literature, making product information available immediately, around the clock. Search the MTL Product Catalog for insulation product information 3 ways: by company, general categories, or Mechanical Insulation Design Guide Category.
Technical Reference Materials—Spec Guides and Glossary
Our website houses links to industry standards and NIA’s technical resources.
The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association’s (NAIMA's) free 3E Plus® is software program designed for fibrous insulation that makes it easy to calculate the appropriate insulation thickness necessary for any application. Download it for free from www.pipeinsulation.org.
The National Commercial & Industrial Insulation Standards Manual, also known as the MICA Manual, was developed by the Midwest Insulation Contractors Association (MICA). The newly updated 8th Edition is available both in printed and interactive PDF versions with 111 MICA Insulation Plates, including vapor dams and a new Cryogenic Section, and updated Materials Property Section with tables conforming to ASTM Standards. Purchase it at www.micainsulation.org.