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New TIPCHECK engineers on board!
Registration for the TIPCHECK training in November is now open

Within the framework of its TIPCHECK Programme, the EiiF organized the 20th TIPCHECK training in Munich on 25-29 June 2018.

The EiiF congratulates the new engineers who passed the test and received their certificate today; and wishes them a lot of success with their TIPCHECKs activities powering the sustainability of their industrial clients.

Certified as TIPCHECK engineers:

  • Emmanouil Stagakis (GES Insulations EPE)
  • Henrik Ranmar (KAEFER AB)
  • Jan Steuerl (KAEFER Industire GmbH)
  • Leszek Majchrzak (Paroc Polska sp. z o.o.)
  • Mateusz Gajewski (MULTiSERWIS Sp. z o.o.)
  • Nikolay Eremin (Saint-Gobain Construction Products Rus)


Not a TIPCHECK engineer yet?

Registration for the English TIPCHECK training in November is now open!

Join us in Munich (Germany) on 5-9 November 2018 (in English) and learn how to perform standardized high quality thermal energy audits and to get your TIPCHECK engineer certification. 

The course consists of five days training with both theoretical and practical lessons, including a training session in the FIW München research laboratories and a full TIPCHECK simulation.

Furthermore, all TIPCHECK engineers get a license to use the TIPCHECK calculation software. Almost all materials from our member companies can easily be imported into the TIPCHECK calculator, which also provides the function to calculate heat losses based on the measured surface temperatures.

Check if you meet the requirements for becoming a TIPCHECK engineer and register now!

EiiF presented at eceee’s Industrial Efficiency 2018
How motivation and digitalisation can drive behaviour change in industry

| Berlin, 11 – 13 June 2018 | The EiiF has participated in the Industrial Efficiency 2018 conference organized by the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee). By organizing an event like this, exclusively dedicated to energy in industry, eceee wants to make sure that industrial efficiency gets the attention it deserves and that the huge savings potentials within the industry sector are being tapped.

In this spirit, Andreas Gürtler, EiiF Foundation Director, did a presentation on “How motivation and digitalisation can drive behaviour change in industry”. The presentation showed how the combination of motivation programmes with the use of digital reporting tools can help to change the behaviour of workers and asset owners towards energy efficiency.

Following the principle: “You don’t know, what you don’t know, until you know” and based on the TIPCHECK experiences, the EiiF is developing a digital tool for asset owners and their employees to inspect their own facilities for energy efficiency potentials like insulation potentials, switch off machine potentials (reporting if and when machines are running without producing), safety issues (e.g. too high surface temperatures, blocked emergency exits, etc.) and general risks and failures (like leakage or corrosion detection).

Download the full presentation here.

German ZDB Team wins the FESI Championship 2018
10 two-person teams from 9 different European countries competed in the Championship

| May 2018 | Cologne (Germany), by FESI

The winners of the FESI European Championship on 16 & 17 May 2018 in Cologne were:

  • First prize

Balàzs Kis and Marvin Heindl, from the German association ZDB.

  • Second prize

Kevin Gräb and David Jelusic, from the German association Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V.

  • Third Prize

Krzysztof Bigos and Grzegorz Machota, from the Polish association Polskie Stowarzyszenie Wykonawców Izolacji Przemysłowych.

The FESI Championship 2018 was in Cologne (Germany) on 16th – 17th May. The competition took place at the IEX (Insulation Expo Euro), the world’s largest insulation exhibition, gathering the leading manufacturers, distributors, processors and constructors.

This year, 10 two-person teams from 9 different European countries competed in the Championship to be awarded first prize: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and UK.

The jury consisted of four well-experienced judges: Ornando Keerveld from The Netherlands, Craig Swallow from UK, Ernst Schöfbeck from Austria, and Walter Riering from Germany. They were impressed by the quality of the insulation work performed by all participating teams. The apprentices showed in the competition that with their experience they are on the right track toward developing their professional career in the insulation field.

[Picture by: Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH]

EiiF receives Best Presentation Award
of the 12th Global Insulation Conference, Exhibition and Awards.
| Krakow, 26 September 2017 | EiiF Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler has received Best Presentation Award of the 12th Global Insulation Conference, Exhibition and Awards

Click here to download the presentation "TIPCHECK Experience - POTENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS IN EUROPE USING INSULATION. First lessons from industrial energy audits".

New TIPCHECK engineers on board!
Registration for the TIPCHECK training in November is now open

The EiiF congratulates the new engineers who passed the test and received their certificate on 20-23 June 2017. And wishes them a lot of success with their first TIPCHECKs!

Certified as TIPCHECK engineers:

  • Azanie AZMI (ROCKWOOL Asia)
  • Benjamin MOISAND (Saint-Gobain ISOVER)
  • Edward van ENGELENHOVEN (Saint-Gobain ISOVER)
  • Johan HOGENBOOM (Bilfinger Industrial Services)
  • Maxim NOVIKOV (Saint-Gobain Construction Products RUS LLC)
  • Nattapol SRETTIWAT (ROCKWOOL (Thailand) Limited)

Certified as TIPCHECK auditor:

  • York-Alexander BATSCH (KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG)

This group also stood out because of the variety of nationalities, with participants coming from Malaysia, Russia and Thailand in addition to other European countries, showing the level of internationalization that TIPCHECK is achieving.

Not a TIPCHECK engineer yet?

Registration for the TIPCHECK training in November is open!

Join us in Munich (Germany) on 7--10 November (in English) and learn how to perform standardized high quality thermal energy audits and to get your TIPCHECK engineer certification.

The course consists of three and a half days training with both theoretical and practical lessons, including a training session in the FIW München research laboratories and a full TIPCHECK simulation.

Furthermore, all TIPCHECK engineers get a license to use the TIPCHECK calculation software. Almost all materials from our member companies can easily be imported into the TIPCHECK calculator, which also provides the function to calculate heat losses based on the measured surface temperatures.

Check if you meet the requirements for becoming a TIPCHECK engineer and register now!

3D Meets Thermography
Ambitious TIPCHECK University Research Programme funded by the German Government

| Schweinfurt (Germany), 16 February 2017 |

An ambitious research project funded with about than 600.000 EUR by the German Ministry for Education and Research started in 2016 in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), the EiiF and the following partners: VIB (Dutch insulation contractors’ association), KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co.KG, Hertel BV, Bilfinger OKI Isoliertechnik GmbH, G+H Isolierung GmbH, Knauf Insulation, Arnold Group and GWK Kuhlmann GmbH.

The goal: the combination of infrared technology with 3D scanning for TIPCHECK and energy efficient insulation purposes.

TIPCHECKs (Technical Insulation Performance Checks) deliver already today figures and payback estimates of potential energy savings of industrial production processes which are -or should be- insulated. The potential is large and the payback times with an average of 1-2 years are economically very convincing, as shown in the EiiF’s first TIPCHECK Report evaluating 180 energy audits in the same number of plants in Europe and beyond.

Today TIPCHECK engineers are using thermography to inspect already insulated systems for hot or cold spots causing costly energy losses for asset owners and even more severe problems like hazardous hot surfaces or corrosion under insulation (CUI) threats. Besides the inspections of the already insulated parts, thermography is also used to illustrate the significant and costly thermal losses of typically uninsulated special parts such as valves, pairs of flanges, etc.

The innovative idea of the so called eDIan (effiziente Dämmung von Industrieanlagen) university research project has the objective to develop a procedure which combines in one single operation the geometric data capture of the situation in a 3D STL or CAD file showing the situation “as built” with a thermographic data capture analysing the surface temperatures and resulting heat losses on the inspected plant equipment or complete installation. 

The geometrical recording of the plant can be carried out by means of laser scanning, either with a base station with a geometrically known position and/or a mobile hand-held scanning device which scans the surfaces without touching them. By combining the 3D scanner with a thermographic camera, the infrared measured surface temperatures can be attributed to 3D measured surface dimensions and, like this, complete the TIPCHECK audit in one go.

Furthermore, with this collected information, the actual heat losses can be calculated, and the sizes and dimensions of special shapes like valves available as STL or CAD files can be further processed to build the tailored insulation solutions to stop the energy waste and repair the existing system. One of the biggest challenges of the research project is to find how to embed this information automatically into existing planning software to build the specific solution like tailored insulation boxes on valves or pairs of flanges.

The research as such is led by Prof. Dr. Eng. Stefan Knoblach from the FHWS’s laboratory for engineering and industrial surveying and Prof. Dr. Eng. Winfried Wilke from the FHWS’s laboratory for technical metrology and experimental stress. Together with their dedicated team, including scientific worker Sabine Roman and the project coordinator Sebastian Fiedler, and with the support of the two Master students Georg Karl and Philipp Grümpel the first steps have already been made.


Left picture: Terrestrial 3D laser scan to digitalize the geometry. Middle picture: Thermographic image of the same object, hot areas are shown in red. Right image: Combination of 3D laser scan and thermographic image. Dimensions and temperatures of the object can be extracted from the measurement.

In its last meeting in 2016, the research project established a Steering Committee comprised by one representative of each partner and chaired by the EiiF Foundation Director Andreas Gürtler. The insulation experts (see picture below) and the University project team meet in regular workshops to give practical input, exchange experience and know-how and support that developments are very much focused on the TIPCHECK and insulation needs.

In this week’s workshop at the FHWS in Schweinfurt, on 15 and 16 February, the eDIan partners met and witnessed the first achievements, and further developed single working packages defining the next short to medium term goals:

  • Establish 3D semi-automatic elements from scanned uninsulated objects in an inexpensive and time efficient manner;
  • Develop a methodology to make quantitative temperature measurements on several hotspots in an existing installation.

After the workshop, the group of partners agreed that the research project is well on track but remains very challenging. We will further report about the progress of eDIan on the EiiF’s website and in our newsletter. Meanwhile, if you are interested to follow the developments of eDIan on a regular basis, please send an email to tipcheck@eiif.org with the subject “eDIan” and you will automatically receive regular updates on the project progress.

Back row from left to right: Jochen Falgner (FHWS), Marcel Kosch (FHWS), Andreas Gürtler (EiiF), Dr. Andreas Nuber (Wölfel), Prof. Stefan Knoblach (FHWS), Fred Kuhlmann (GWK) and Jan Zanen (VIB). Front row from left to right: Dr. Andreas Günell (Wölfel), Dr. Markus Scholz (Wölfel), Sebastian Fiedler (FHWS), Philipp Grümpel (FHWS), Georg Karl (FHWS), Peter Stulen (Hertel), Sabina Roman (FHWS), Prof. Winfried Wilke (FHWS), Thomas Ortlieb (G+H), Gyna Galvis (KAEFER) and Frank Jüngerhans (KAEFER):

Energy Efficiency First
EU Commission publishes “Clean Energy For All Europeans’ Package”.

Database DEEP with more than 2.700 industrial projects demonstrates the economic value of energy efficiency measures in EU industry.

Brussels, 30 November 2016 – The European Commission released its ‘Clean Energy For All Europeans’ Package. This includes legislative proposals to review the Union’s energy efficiency legislation.

The EU Commission proposes a binding 2030 energy efficiency target of 30% (before 27%) and sets Energy Efficiency first. Furthermore an extension of the EED’s main provisions, Article 7 including the obligation for member states to reduce their energy sales by 1,5% every year until 2050.

The Energy Efficiency First Principle builds on the simple truth that the cheapest energy is the one that we do not consume. The package therefore recommends that Energy efficiency should be considered as a source of energy in itself:

The value of Energy Efficiency for European citizens and the European Union is striking: 

  •  It is endless
  • It is available everywhere

And it is the most cost-effective way of achieving Energy Union objectives of:

  • Security of Energy Supply
  • Global Leadership in Renewables
  • Decarbonisation (Paris Climate Agreement)

…while promoting growth, jobs and investment.

Also today, the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG), co-convened by the European Commission and UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), launched the De-risking Energy Efficiency Platform (DEEP): the largest pan-EU open-source database containing detailed information and analysis of over 7,800 industrial and buildings related energy efficiency projects (7.300 from Europe and 500 mainly from the US).

EiiF has contributed to DEEP with 64 waste heat recovery projects with rapid and attractive payback times, supporting very much the main message of DEEP for industrial Energy Efficiency projects:

Attractive returns with payback times of 2 years or even less can be expected making energy efficiency the most cost-effective fuel for industry.

In EiiF’s TIPCHECK Report “Harnessing the Potential of Industrial Insulation” released in May this year and already out in its second edition the average payback of all 180 Thermal Energy Audits was with 1,5 years even below the DEEP average results of only 2 years.

To learn more about TIPCHECK (Technical Insulation Performance Check) please click here.

About DEEP:

DEEP is a direct response to the EEFIG recommendation from its report “Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments” of the need to better understand the real risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments based on market evidence and track record. By disclosing thousands of data points showing the real technical and financial data from a large number of implemented energy efficiency projects across the economy, the DEEP platform is a new source of operational risk management information, which will help project developers, financiers, and investors better assess the risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments across Europe.

Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy at the European Commission, welcomes the launch of DEEP: "DEEP is an important element of our Clean Energy for all Europeans package, which aims to speed both the clean energy transition and growth and job creation. By disclosing the real benefits of energy efficiency projects, the DEEP platform will facilitate the mobilisation of private financing and help putting energy efficiency first. I encourage all project promoters and investors to support this initiative by sharing their data and performance track records."

DEEP Highlights the Strong Economic Rationale for Energy Efficiency in Europe

DEEP’s evidence from over 7,300 projects in Europe, and about 500 others, with an aggregate investment total of Euro 1.5 billion shows that the median avoidance cost of saving energy is very attractive (below EU energy prices and also delivering CO2 emissions reductions):

Euro 0.012 /kWh in industry!

Time to tap this potential and for industry to reduce energy cost by including Energy Efficiency measures not only into their financing strategies but first of all in their productions. Low hanging fruits like industrial insulation are offering a highly attractive first step.

For more questions regarding TIPCHECK and how Industrial Insulation could contribute to your business case, please click here.

December 2015
Industrial insulation ready to deliver significant contributions to the Energy Union and the Paris Climate Deal goal

November 2015
Industrial insulation ready to deliver significant contributions to the Energy Union

Press Release

September 2015
Energy and CO2 savings potential of industrial insulation in the Netherlands

NEW National Factsheet from the Netherlands

January 2015
2014 - a successful year for EiiF
14 new members and more than 100 TIPCHECK engineers!

2014 has been a key year in terms of achievements which have contributed to a successful development of the Foundation. The EiiF has notably increased its activities throughout Europe, building awareness on the multiple benefits of industrial insulation, especially when it comes to meeting targets on energy efficiency, energy savings and emission reductions within the European Union.

A total of 14 new members joined the EiiF in 2014. As a result, the EiiF has grown up to 57 members and more than 40 CEOs and senior managers attended the last General Assembly in Brussels in September.

Furthermore, after 12 trainings, currently offered in 3 different languages (English, French and German), we have now more than 100 certified TIPCHECK engineers helping Industry to reduce energy losses, CO2 emissions and production costs.

In fact, the first evaluation of 85 TIPCHECKs carried out until 2014 has identified energy savings of 200,000 – 400,000 MWh per year and up to 7 million euros savings. The 85 insulation audits were carried out in Europe across several energy intensive industrial sectors (i.e. chemical plants, refineries, processing plants, food and beverage, etc.). The EiiF aims to publish this year its first official TIPCHECK report which will gather all detailed information and conclusions drawn from at least 100 TIPCHECKs.

But the first evaluation already gives a positive perspective with the following findings:
  • 75%of the TIPCHECKs lead to insulation investments – in total more than 5 million EUR,
  • 140,000 EUR was the average investment in insulation to tap the TIPCHECK identified energy savings potentials,
  • The usual payback periods for these investments in insulation were 1 to 2 years.

In other words, industry can realize important energy and financial savings putting more attention to improved insulation maintenance. Yet, in the industrial sector such a potential is usually being untapped despite being cost-effective to implement. Unfortunately, industry still treats industrial insulation more like a necessary evil rather than one of the most cost-attractive Best Available Techniques (BAT). And besides all these positive aspects, this first TIPCHECK evaluation also shows that about 25% of the insulation users whose plants were TIPCHECKed refused any improvement, still accepting unnecessary energy losses and production costs.

Therefore, it is a crucial task for the EiiF to continuously highlight the energy and cost savings potential of sustainable insulation solutions with decision makers from the economic and political field. The Foundation and our supporting members are looking forward to continue and further increase this engagement in 2015.

“With this perspective in mind we want to send a big thank-you to all our members and active TIPCHECK engineers for their commitment and contribution to the successful development of the EiiF Foundation! Together with you, We Power Sustainability.”

October 2014
Energy Efficiency: Going Beyond Energy Savings
IEA publishes the multiple benefits of Energy Efficiency

According to the results of the latest study published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Union (EU) is not doing enough in order to save energy, guarantee the energy security and protect the environment.

The handbook, entitled Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency, provides reliable data to confirm that the benefits of energy efficiency go beyond energy savings. Therefore, energy efficiency can also bring other benefits such as economic growth and expansion, social development, sustainable climate protection and greater energy security. Over 300 international experts took part in the roundtables, research and consultation process held to gather input to the publication. The European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF) contributed to the study within the Industrial Productivity chapter.

With regard to this field, the study points out that “industry often views energy as an operational cost; energy savings are perceived as incidental benefits of other investments rather than as a central value-generating proposition. Yet, industrial energy efficiency measures deliver substantial benefits in  addition to energy cost savings – enhancing competitiveness, profitability, production and product quality, and improving the working environment while also reducing costs for  operation and maintenance, and for environmental compliance. Introducing multiple benefits can help to better align energy efficiency with strategic business priorities, thereby strengthening the business case for investment. The value of the productivity and operational benefits derived can be up to 2.5 times (250%) the value of energy savings (depending on the value and context of the investment). Including such productivity outcomes in financial cost assessment frameworks can substantially reduce the payback period for energy efficiency investment, in some cases from four years to one year.”

In this respect, it can be noted that such a quotation suits industrial insulation to a tee:

  •  Saves energy: industrial insulation can help European industry to reduce its annual fuel consumption by 620 PJ (~ the energy consumption of 10 million households).
  • Saves money: insulating bare surfaces to cost-effective levels and repairing damaged insulation in industry EU-wide requires initial investments of about 0.9 billion euros. This one-time investment would represent an energy savings potential of about 460 PJ, which at current prices would save industry 3.5 billion euros every year.
  • Offers rapid paybacks: payback times for the investments are usually less than one year (“invest once, save every year”).
  • Contributes to a cleaner environment through reduced CO2 emissions: industrial insulation would contribute to reduce the annual emissions by 49 million tonnes of CO2 (~ the CO2 emissions of 18 million cars).
  • Improves process efficiency.
  • Brings workplace improvements.
The EU is committed to secure the supply of energy and ensure that energy prices remain stable, urging its Members States to be energy efficient. However, DG Energy has already announced an expected gap of 1–2% regarding its 20% targets. Furthermore, the EU is highly dependent on energy from abroad, importing 53% of all the energy it consumes at a cost of more than one billion euros per day. Figures like these mean that Europe can be vulnerable to external energy shocks. Meanwhile, European industrial facilities are also wasting energy and losing money every minute they are operating.

Industrial insulation could cost-effectively reduce the EU’s energy consumption by 0.5–1% (= 460–620 PJ). Likewise, it could also reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian gas imports by 9–12.5% (100% = 4932 PJ/1370 TWh). Industrial insulation proves once again to be one of the Best Available Technique which can improve the bottom line of businesses while reducing energy consumption and associated emissions, building up competitiveness, maintaining profitability and improving the working environment and the production process.

September 2014
Kraków: host city for the next industrial insulation championship, conference and exhibition
The who is who of Europe’s insulation industry is expected to meet in Kraków, Poland, on 17-19 September. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend the 3 important insulation events taking place at the newly opened International Exhibition and Convention Centre EXPO Kraków.

FESI Insulation Apprentice Championship 2014

Every two years, the European Federation of Associations of Insulation Contractors (FESI) organizes the Apprentice Competition in one of its member countries with the aim of promoting high standards and quality in insulation and cladding work and providing recognition of the quality of the craftsmanship of the competitors. This year, the championship will take place in Kraków (Poland) on 17-19 September. The national champions of all the 16 FESI member countries have been invited to participate in the competition.

4INSULATION International Trade Fair of Industrial Insulation

The 4INSULATION International Trade Fair will take place in Kraków, Poland, a country which has currently one of the biggest market potentials for insulation. Furthermore it is the first and only trade fair on industrial insulation in Eastern Europe, opening the door to its growing markets and serving as a platform to present latest products and services, share experiences and networking.

HEAT not LOST Conference

The HEAT not LOST Conference invites specialists to discuss, learn and cover issues such as energy efficiency powered by insulation, thermal insulation solutions for the energy sector and, last but not least, insulation system design and execution innovations.

All these events will gather professionals from the insulation industry as well as trainees in the profession. It will be a great opportunity for the decision makers from energy, chemical and petrochemical industries, energy auditors, conservators of insulation installations and machine parts and maintenance specialists to get to know the newest achievements in the industry and to establish fruitful business relations.

December 2013
Roundtable on Industrial Insulation and Energy Efficiency
The European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF) organized a successful and high-level Roundtable on Industrial Insulation and Energy Efficiency on 28 November 2013 in Brussels, in order to hear and share views on cost and energy savings, increased competitiveness, short payback, implementation of art 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, energy audits and the EiiF TIPCHECK methodology.

Click on here to read the complete report.

Watch the statements made after the Roundtable by:
1.    Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament
Kornelis Blok, Director of Science of Ecofys
3.   Andreas Gürtler, EiiF Foundation Director

November 2013
Insulation could save industry €3.5 billion a year
Better insulation could shave 4% off European industry’s total fuel consumption and emissions bill, a sum worth €3.5 billion a year, says an unpublished report by the Ecofys consultancy.

Click on here to read the complete article of the EiiF published in EurActiv.

September 2013
Successful TIPCHECK training in Munich
Within the framework of its TIPCHECK Programme, the European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF) organized the 7th TIPCHECK training in Munich last week. A total of 14 participants of different nationalities took part in this training course to learn how to perform high quality thermal energy audits. TIPCHECKs quantify the amount of energy and money that an industrial facility is losing with its current insulation system (including uninsulated parts).

The EiiF congratulates the 14 new TIPCHECK engineers who passed the test and received their certificate.
TIPCHECK engineers using the new TIPCHECK calculator software identify savings potentials for their clients. In tailor-made audits, TIPCHECKs evaluate systems and very often find cost-effective insulation solutions with payback times of just one year.
The first TIPCHECK experiences found huge savings potential. For instance, a TIPCHECK performed on a chemical plant in France identified annual savings of up to 12,600,000 kWh/a and 505,000 EUR/a. As another example, the annual savings detected in a Belgian refinery were of 1,370,000 kWh/a and 36,640 EUR/a.

To find out more case studies from Europe, click on TIPCHECK examples >>

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28 September 2018
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