Maintaining Montana’s Mechanical Insulation: Energy appraisal of commercial buildings

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Used for pipes and process equipment, the potential of mechanical insulation to play a significant role in reducing energy intensity is immense, but it is often specified incorrectly or, more frequently, not adequately maintained. A mechanical insulation energy appraisal was conducted on 25 facilities surrounding Helena, Montana to determine energy-, cost-, and emission-reduction opportunities available through repair, replacement, and maintenance of systems.

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Considerations for Green Wall and Green Facade System Selection


The first important step for evaluating green wall systems is to understand the differences in the types and definitions. There are basically two primary distinctions: green facades and living walls. The facade systems are trellis-like in nature and consist of component parts designed to remain stable as the living system of plants populate the structure over decades.

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