Removable Insulation Covers: How to Insulate Valves, Flanges, and Tricky Mechanical Components

Posted By Eric Simpson / May 2, 2018 / News

The benefits of mechanical insulation—including saving money, reducing energy use, and protecting personnel—are well known. But there are many equipment components that never see those benefits because they are tricky to insulate.

The problem is all too common. Valves, flanges, pumps, and other mechanical components either go uninsulated, or the insulation is torn off when workers need to access those areas.

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Retrofit Boarding School Mechanical Insulation to Boost Green Initiatives

Posted By Eric Simpson / August 4, 2017 / News

Call it a sustainability program, an energy initiative, or “going green.” Whatever name your school uses, most boarding schools today are focused on reducing their environmental impact. School buildings (and their occupants) use a huge amount of energy and—because of their added energy demands—boarding schools use more energy than non-residential schools.

When it comes to environmental sustainability, boarding schools face unique challenges. While green initiatives typically involve actions from the entire school community, facilities professionals are often charged with helping the school meet energy goals. From building age to regulatory compliance, facilities professionals face many challenges in fulfilling those expectations.

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How to Increase Energy Efficiency for Craft Breweries with Mechanical Insulation

Posted By Eric Simpson / July 6, 2017 / News

Craft brewers are creative, so it’s no wonder that many craft brewers have discovered innovative solutions for energy usage and greenhouse gas reduction opportunities at their facilities. Considering the rising energy costs of today, reducing energy usage should be a high priority at all breweries.

Insulation is a simple step in energy management for breweries, but it’s one that can often be overlooked. Depending on the firm that helped you construct your brew house, you may or may not be aware of the mechanical insulation that covers your hot and cold pipes, valves, flanges, boil kettles, tanks and heat exchanges—if your systems are insulated at all.

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Low-Cost, High ROI Facility Investments All New England Boarding Schools Need to Make

Posted By Eric Simpson / June 14, 2017 / News

The campus is part of what makes a boarding school experience memorable for students, faculty, and staff. There are over 100 boarding schools throughout New England, each with their own unique campuses that contribute to the personality of the school. However, managing the facilities at these institutions comes with its own set of challenges. Today, facilities managers need to be on the lookout for low-cost investments that will provide high ROI in energy and cost savings.

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Is Solar Overrated for Cutting University Energy Use?

Posted By Eric Simpson / April 19, 2017 / News

During my time working in the insulation industry, I have read countless sustainability plans for colleges and universities throughout New England and the U.S. At a time when going green and being environmentally friendly are more mandatory than trendy, colleges and universities are making pledges to become carbon neutral. Some build massive biomass plants, while others build solar fields and install panels on rooftops.

What these colleges and universities all forget is that lowering their carbon footprint can be much easier and significantly less expensive through the implementation of mechanical insulation. For institutions that want to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save energy, but may not have the capital needed for a largescale energy project, insulation is an ideal place to start.

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The Impact of Energy Performance on Hospital Life Cycle Costs

Posted By Eric Simpson / March 31, 2017 / News

As with any facility, the true cost of a hospital goes well beyond the initial construction investment. To assess the real cost of building ownership, the scope needs to include the entire life cycle of the building.

What is  Building Life Cycle Cost?       

Life cycle cost is the total cost of designing, building, owning, operating, maintaining, and disposing of a building over its life. This includes fuel and water, energy, labor, and replacement equipment and components. For hospitals, building-related costs typically fall into the following categories:


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3 Straightforward Ways to Improve Hospital Energy Management

Posted By Eric Simpson / February 21, 2017 / News

The current healthcare environment is one of uncertainty and complexity. Pending changes in reimbursement, a potential rollback of the Affordable Care Act, and a focus on population health have caused healthcare organizations to reevaluate their business and financial strategies. 

A focus on year-over-year cost increases is a necessary component of prudent budgeting for both small local practices and large national healthcare systems.  However, now more than ever, cost containment is a priority for healthcare administrators.   

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How to Optimize Your Hospital's Existing Energy Use

Posted By Jason Barron / January 30, 2017 / News

Healthcare facilities spend over $6.5 billion on energy each year, according to Energy Star. That amount is constantly rising as these facilities work to meet the rising needs of patients.

Energy savings does more than simply improve a company’s bottom line; rather, a focus on energy conservation helps healthcare facilities meet the IHI Triple Aim. By being more energy efficient, hospitals around the country can save money, reduce or even prevent greenhouse gas emissions, improve the air quality within their communities, and support their commitment to public health. Hospitals can reinvest savings from improved energy performance into improving patient care or into the facility itself.  

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How to Tell if Your Pipe and Mechanical Insulation is Too Old

Posted By Jason Barron / September 21, 2016 / News

Think about your cell phone.

You use it for almost everything in your daily life, and you get to know it extremely well. People love their phones, and the thought of switching to a new one—and having to learn the ropes all over again—is daunting to many people.

But cell phones don’t last forever. These days, they become obsolete fairly quickly.  The time eventually comes when you have to upgrade your cell phone to a newer model, one with more capabilities and better features.

As with cell phones—and with any technology for that matter—your facility’s mechanical insulation system eventually needs to be upgraded. New innovations and standards continue to emerge in the insulation industry, and, before long, your current system simply may not cut it.

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The Simple Facility Energy Management Idea Everyone Forgets

Posted By Jason Barron / September 16, 2016 / News

There are countless resources online describing the many ways that facilities can save energy. And with the ever-increasing emphasis on energy accountability in facilities management, that’s no surprise. Decision-makers are investing more than ever in resources to help staff more carefully manage energy use and, ultimately, control budget. In fact, many cities and states are now making it mandatory to benchmark energy use, leading to the use of software such as Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an energy management tool for commercial buildings to track energy and water consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

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