Assessing The Emissions Impact Of Mechanical Insulation Posted on November 13, 2013 by IIG Editors

When thinking about the challenge of curbing carbon emissions, here’s a fact worth pondering: Mechanical insulation is one of the few manufactured products that saves more energy over its lifespan than it takes to manufacture it – far more. In fact the National Insulation Association has estimated that over a 20-year life span, insulation systems save as much as 500 times the amount of energy required to produce them.

That makes such insulation an important ingredient in sustainable design initiatives and programs to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The NIA based its conclusions on what’s known as a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which is a way of calculating the environmental impact of designated products “from cradle to grave.” All the inputs including raw materials, manufacturing energy, transportation and disposal are measured to determine the consumption of energy and natural resources.  When they applied the LCA formula to insulation typically used for piping, equipment, vessels, ducts and similar commercial and industrial applications, it came out a “green” winner.

Read the NIA LIfe Cycle Assessment report in Insulation Outlook...