Case Studies

  1. 4 Storey Wood Frame Apartment Building, 20-40 years old
  2. 25 Storey Residential Tower, 10-20 years old
  3. Large Retail Store, > 45 years old

Several case studies are included as part of the White Paper commissioned by BC’s Mechanical Insulators.

Results indicate that energy savings associated with pipe insulation can account for a significant proportion of overall building energy consumption.

The studies also conclude that failing to implement mechanical insulation best practices puts building performance at risk. A comprehensive, integrated design process that considers all design options is necessary to get the best possible performance with the least investment.

The case studies modeled in this section focus primarily on hot water piping insulation, and compare performance with and without insulation. The modeling represents a worst case scenario for each building typologogy..

The primary variables that explain the difference in energy savings among the three case studies are the size of the heating and cooling system, the length of the exposed pipes and the temperature at which the system operates. Large systems that operate at high temperatures (steam systems) stand to yield the most energy savings and GHG reductions from better insulation. The modeling results also demonstrate that there is a strong case to make for adding insulation to most heating systems, with short payback periods and tangible energy reductions.