Michele M. Jones738022.TIF, CMP, Executive Vice President and CEO of NIA As construction experts and economists forecast for 2015, there is agreement about two things: the construction industry is positioned for growth, and there are not enough skilled workers to meet the growing demand. Reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggest that there are many individuals looking for work in the construction industry, so the issue is not necessarily a lack of interested people but a lack of knowledge and training. Correspondingly, energy efficiency has become a national focus, and the knowledge of how to create more efficient systems and structures is increasingly important. The National Insulation Association’s (NIA) primary focus is to offer tools and resources that help insulation professionals begin or continue their education. It is our belief that continuing education is crucial to adopting best practices industry wide and ensuring the highest quality in all applications. Adopting these practices leads to high-performing systems, which can deliver tremendous energy and cost savings. Given that energy efficiency has become a priority for all sectors, having well-trained insulation professionals becomes critically important. NIA BlogThe following resources are available to assist insulation professionals with their training:
  • Mechanical Insulation Education & Awareness E-Learning Series – Consists of five modules that introduce insulation and its benefits, specifications, design objectives and proper maintenance. Those who successfully complete the quizzes in the series can obtain credit from the U.S. Green Building Council and its sister organization, the Green Building Certification Institute, as well as the American Institute of Architects.
  • Mechanical Insulation Design Guide – Assists both novices and experienced users in the design, selection, installation and maintenance of mechanical insulation.
  • MTL Product Catalog – Contains installation videos, product specifications and information about various insulation materials. These tools are invaluable for users of all levels, and particularly for those looking to develop their mechanical insulation skills.
  • Mechanical Insulation Installation Video Series - Provides a general overview, safety precautions and video demonstrations of mechanical insulation applications. The series is an excellent supplement for existing training programs and can help viewers develop the skills they need to be familiar with mechanical insulation best practices.
With a little initiative and the proper educational resources, insulation professionals—particularly those who are new to the trade—can dramatically expand their knowledge and understanding of insulation, its applications and the energy efficiency value it offers. According to recent figures released by the BLS, mechanical insulation workers are among the top five fastest growing occupations, and are projected to grow by 46.5 percent by 2022. We hope these tools can play a role in ensuring that workers are well informed and poised to meet the demands of a growing industry.

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