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All posts tagged 'Insulation'

Check out all of the posts tagged with 'Insulation' below. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Flexible Aerogel Blanket in Cryogenic Applications

Insulation Outlook, Aug. 2015, by Neal Waaks.

"A thorough discussion of aerogel's physical properties and potential benefits for cryogenic applications." Includes applications in piping and equipment in LNG facilities.

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Venting Vapor

Building Science Corporation, July 15, 2015, by Joe Lstiburek.

"Sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. And sometimes the not so obvious becomes obvious. For example installing leaky ductwork in a vented attic is a pretty dumb idea. It leads to negative pressures and high air change that depending on the time of year and climate zone results in part load humidity problems, ice damming, excessive energy use, loss of comfort, whatever. If radon were valuable we would mine it this way. Where there is an attached garage we call it the Kevorkian option. Everyone pretty much gets it."

Chilled-Water Piping Condensation Control for Energy Savings and Risk Avoidance

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2015, by Richard Lubinski.

"Proper mechanical insulation of chilled-water piping is critical. The life-cycle cost savings and risk avoidance made possible by insulating chilled-water piping is vital to the design of a high-functioning system. Chilled-water pipe insulation is the wrong place to attempt value engineering when designing new or replacement piping."

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Thermal Bypasses Can Thwart the Best HVAC Systems

IE3 (Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency), Mar 12, 2015, by Allison Bailes III.

"It seems so simple. There’s outside, and there’s inside. The walls, ceilings, and floors that separate the cold outside from the warm inside should be the only surfaces that rob heat from a home. Interior walls have conditioned space on both sides, so they shouldn’t be a problem, right?"

Investigating EIFS Performance Across Climates: Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems Studied in Long-term Test

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Ulf Wolf.

"Between January of 2005 and June of 2007, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) undertook an extensive EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA)-sponsored trial comparing the moisture and temperature management properties of several exterior insulation and finishing system configurations with those of other claddings in a hot and humid climate. Now, a new third phase of the study is demonstrating the assembly’s potential for other climate zones."

Enhancing Energy Performance with Balcony Thermal Breaks

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Paul Nutcher.

"Engineered structural thermal breaks at balcony connections can assist mid-rise and high-rise building project teams in complying with the new continuous insulation (ci) code requirements. These structural components are especially important to address in multi-family specifications because thermal bridging for every residential unit can contribute significant heating and cooling loads."

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Case Study: Insulation Audit Leads to Big Savings [Chemical Plant]

Insulation Outlook, Aug. 2014, by Zach Tanghetti.

"Honeywell's Geismar site was established in 1967 and is currently operated by roughly 275 employees and 130 contractors. The site is responsible for producing multiple refrigerants, hydrofluoric acid, and a resin that is used in medical packaging. The various reactors, heat exchangers, steam traps, and process piping that make our processes a reality all utilize insulation to maintain temperatures and moderate processes. All of our processes are susceptible to inefficiencies because systems that include insulation can degrade in a chemical plant environment. When insulation degrades, it loses its ability to retain heat within the system. Though the site is in Louisiana, winters can still be cold, and steam and other process lines have even been known to freeze in the past. Improved repair and maintenance of insulation systems could have helped prevent these process upsets."

Meeting Efficiency Codes without Compromising Design

The Construction Specifier, May 2014, by Stanley Yee.

"Creating an effectively insulated envelope is necessary for buildings to meet the latest demands of ever-tightening energy codes. Innovative use of high-performance insulation technologies enables architects to achieve improved insulation performance using common building techniques without sacrificing aesthetics."

Making Sense of Sprayed Polyurethane Foam

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2014, by Peter Davis. (jump or scroll to page 34)

"For decades, the U.S. design and construction industry has turned to sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) to insulate and air seal buildings. SPF can help provide temperature control in various climates, reduce sounds transmitted through the air, and lower construction costs."

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