In order to advance the mechanical insulation industry and promote the quality professional and certified trades men and woman. Local 131 conducts and works with contractors to perform energy audits, which determine the efficiency of mechanical insulation systems.
An energy audit is performed as a scientific analysis to prove the effectiveness and the efficiency of mechanical insulation systems. This eliminates many speculations about how well the insulation is performing by offering actual proven data from a computer program. These audits can be performed on existing or new systems to see if there is room to improve.
These audits provide concrete data, which can be compared to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) developed 3E Plus Program. This program rates insulation based on three categories:
Conducting an energy audit can help building owners lower operating costs and improve their return on investment (ROI). Mechanical insulation systems are a cheap and effective method of increasing energy efficiency. After installing a new insulation system, the ROI will become apparent within a six-month to two-year window, depending on the size of the system.
Studies show 10 to 30 percent of mechanical insulation is either inadequate or missing from all buildings. This missing mechanical insulation increases operating costs through wasted energy. If 30 percent of insulation is missing, then almost three times more money is spent on operating costs, three times more energy is wasted and three times more greenhouse gas is emitted into the environment.
Insulation is the cheapest and the easiest technology to offer energy efficiency. The ROI for a small project will be found within six-months, while large scale projects and plants generally need about two-year years to recover the cost.
Local 131 will continue their efforts to spread the word of mechanical insulation to local politicians, Business owners, and Contractors. We will continue to being awareness and recognition to the mechanical insulation trade through the potential energy savings for our clients and for a greener tomorrow.