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What is Mechanical Insulation?

Mechanical insulation, also known as the “forgotten technology”, is thermal insulation used on piping, equipment, and all types of mechanical systems, including boilers, HVAC systems, and ducts.  Mechanical insulation serves the following functions:

  • Conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Regulate the temperature of process systems
  • Condensation control and mold prevention
  • Personnel protection from hot or cold surfaces

Learn more about mechanical insulation:

Mechanical Insulation Assessment and Design Tools from the US Department of Energy

Mechanical Insulation Basics from Insulation Outlook, November 2007

Mechanical Insulation Design Guide from the National Institute of Building Sciences

Insulation: The Forgotten Energy Technology from Insulation Outlook, February 2007

The Mechanical Insulation Education & Awareness E-Learning Series is a program offered by the Department of Energy in conjunction with the National Insulation Association and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. Mechanical insulation can play a significant role in reducing facility energy loss and saving money in the process. Insulation also provides: excellent return on investment, workplace safety, environmental protection, condensation control, and noise control.  Visit www.nterlearning.org to register for the FREE courses, including a mechanical insulation glossary and design guide.

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