NIA01 Mechanical Insulation Education & Awareness

Course ID: NIA01
Duration: 2 hours
Level: Intermediate (201)
AIA Continuing Education logo Learning Units: 2.0 LU
Prerequisites: None
HSW: Yes
USGBC Education Provider USGBC GBCI: Yes
GBCI Hour: 2.0 CE
Category: Energy & Atmosphere
Professional Development Hours: Yes
NIA National Insulation Association PDH: 2.0

The Mechanical Insulation Education & Awareness Campaign, or MIC, 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.

As part of the MIC, a series of educational e-learning modules have been developed to educate industry on and promote the benefits of mechanical insulation by providing practical data and case studies outlining potential energy savings provided by mechanical insulation installation. The National Institute of Building Sciences' Mechanical Insulation Design Guide was a major resource in the development of the e-learning series. The modules are designed for both industrial and commercial markets utilizing mechanical insulation systems for piping and equipment in both hot and cold applications, refrigeration and other low-temperature piping and equipment applications, as well as Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) applications.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn to:

  • Understand the role of mechanical insulation in commercial and industrial applications;
  • Understand the benefits of mechanical insulation for reducing energy consumption, reducing emissions, reducing operating costs, controlling condensation, controlling processes, providing personnel protection, slowing the spread of fires, and reducing noise;
  • Understand how insulation works and learn mechanical insulation terminology;
  • Understand the various design objectives and design considerations for mechanical insulation;
  • Gain an appreciation for the importance of timely and proper maintenance of mechanical insulation systems; and
  • Gain knowledge about additional mechanical insulation learning resources.

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