More often, project owners require environmentally friendly construction, commonly known as Green Energy Construction, on their projects.
Highly trained members of Insulators Local 84 work on LEED certified buildings during new construction because our Brothers and Sisters are trained to perform the quality work needed to meet these strict certification requirements.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings, which maximizes occupant health and productivity, uses fewer resources, reduces waste and negative environmental impact and decreases life cycle costs.
Project owners who seek LEED certification on their structures rely on members of the HFIAW to expertly install mechanical insulation, which is a crucial part of earning LEED certification.
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), properly installed mechanical insulation provides long-term energy efficiency, emission reduction, cost savings and safety benefits.
Furthermore, the National Insulation Association, a 350-member trade association representing the mechanical and specialty insulation industry, estimates proper maintenance of insulation at industrial facilities alone can result in more than $3.6 billion in energy savings per year and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by 83 billion pounds.
On a new construction project, a properly designed and installed insulation system will provide an excellent return on investment with quick payback through cost savings. The energy saving qualities of insulation, combined with a properly designed and installed insulation system will immediately reduce the need for energy and results in significant savings compared to systems not utilizing mechanical insulation.
Our members are well-prepared to create a sustainable environment in buildings and facilities through insulation and trained to perform LEED certification work.