Elevating the importance of mechanical insulation in schools

During his recent appearance on America's Work Force Union Podcast (AWF), Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Heat and Frost Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), discussed the crucial significance of mechanical insulation and its potential to impact educational institutions. 

With 300 schools represented at a recent gathering in Chicago, Ielmini emphasized how mechanical insulation can bring about substantial cost savings, which can then be allocated to enhance school security measures.

The cost-saving benefits of mechanical insulation

Ielmini pointed out to AWF listeners that schools across America are continuously seeking ways to save money, especially when faced with the rising costs of education and the need for advanced security systems. Institutions can potentially redirect funds toward strengthening security measures by focusing on mechanical insulation. This is due to the immense cost-saving advantages offered by mechanical insulation.

The wastage of energy

Ielmini highlighted the significant wastage of energy occurring within buildings that lack or have poorly installed mechanical insulation. Ielmini said 10 percent to 30 percent of mechanical insulation is often missing, which results from various factors such as inadequate initial installation, removal for maintenance purposes or neglect.

Potential cost savings

According to Ielmini, a single foot of missing insulation on a four-inch pipe carrying 400-degree steam can cost between $400 and $600. These costs add up quickly for larger institutions like hospitals, which may have over 17 miles of insulated piping. 

Ielmini said the return on investment for properly installed mechanical insulation can be achieved in as little as two years. The prolonged life of mechanical systems, reduced energy consumption and lower emissions are also vital aspects to consider.

Mechanical Insulation Energy Audits

Ielmini also discussed how the LMCT could conduct mechanical insulation energy audits to raise awareness and encourage the implementation of mechanical insulation in educational institutions. These audits would pinpoint areas of inefficiency and provide insights into the potential cost savings that mechanical insulation can bring.

Mechanical insulation is a viable solution for schools with potential cost savings that can be reallocated to enhance security measures. To learn more about the benefits of mechanical insulation and schedule an energy audit for your school, visit the LMCT's website.

Check out the entire interview to learn more about the benefits of mechanical insulation:


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