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On April 18, 2019 the New York City Council passed wide-ranging legislation known as the “Climate Mobilization Act” to significantly reduce greenhouse gases emitted from the city’s built environment in the coming years. New York City’s leading source of greenhouse gases is its buildings! The goal of the bill is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings (25,000 sq. ft+) 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Read more.
Waterproof insulation blankets are removable insulation blankets that are constructed with materials that are meant to withstand moisture, and allow moisture to escape them. The waterproof insulation blankets should also maintain their insulating properties when exposed to moisture. Read more.
In 2015 the National Insulation Association (NIA) published a report titled, “The State of the Industry: 60 Years and Counting” in which the author summarizes how the mechanical insulation industry has adapted, evolved, and grown through its existence. The overall success of the industry has led to an increased number of insulation blanket suppliers, making it difficult to choose the best one. Read more.
Recently, I was surprised to see so many general insulation contractors throwing their hat into the ring while on a mandatory facility walk-through for an insulation jacket project that was being put out to bid by an engineering firm. When the walk-through was completed we were given a valve list and a couple of notes about the bid process, but key pieces of information were left out. Read more.
Removable insulation blankets provide many benefits when installed on a component in a steam system or otherwise. The primary benefit being a reduction in wasted energy, as heat can no longer escape the component and dissipate into space. Removable insulation blankets are a simple and effective way to save energy, and dollars, in your facility whether it’s a university, hospital, multi-family building, or industrial building.
According to Dr. Mahmood Moshfeghian of John M. Campbell, As the natural gases move along the pipe its pressure and temperature change due to the Joule-Thompson effect, frictional loss, elevation change, acceleration, and heat transfer to or from surroundings. Due to pressure and temperature change, liquid and solid (hydrate) may also form in the line which in turn affects the pressure profile. This could prevent the pipeline form operating at its intended or maximum pressure, which could be dangerous and costly. Read more.
Simply put a strainer is a component that has a perforated or wire mesh cylinder within the body of the component that causes impurities in the fluid stream to be captured and ultimately flushed out of the system. The fluid enters the body of the strainer, flows into and through the mesh cylinder. The mesh cylinder “strains” out particles such as rust, dirt and other foreign objects, within the fluid stream. Strainers catch larger particles that can interfere with proper operation of valves, steam traps, pumps, flow control valves and just about any component that has moving parts that could be hampered by the particles if not strained out of the fluid stream. Read more.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, any surface over 120°F should be insulated using insulation blankets, including boiler surfaces…” That also includes boiler doors, steam drum covers, access doors, etc. In addition to the main boiler body, the pipes connecting to your boiler should also be insulated. In this article we will identify what boiler pipes are, why they should be insulated, and the best method to insulate your boiler pipes. Read more.
Mechanical insulation is a term we hear often that is interchangeable with mechanical room insulation, boiler room insulation and chilled water system insulation. Mechanical insulation is simply insulating the components that make up the heating, cooling and domestic water systems in a building or industrial plant. Mechanical insulation is derived of many components: manual valves, actuated valves or control valves, heat exchangers (both shell & tube and plate & frame), pumps, chillers, and a myriad of other types of components that make up the building’s “mechanical systems.” Read more.
According to Go Green Brooklyn’s Fai Walker, a class of 6th graders from Brooklyn’s MS 126 took a field trip to their school’s boiler room at the beginning of the winter season when heating costs and green house gas emissions rise. That’s exactly what these students were learning about when they observed the installation of a removable Thermaxx Jacket on their school’s boiler. Read more.