OUR SECTORS OF ACTIVITY
The TIPCHECK Programme was developed by EiiF in 2009. The aim of the TIPCHECK Programme is to provide industry with tools and solutions to save energy and to reduce CO2 emissions by improving technical insulation systems.
Within the framework of the TIPCHECK Programme, EiiF offers:
insulation energy audits
TIPCHECK tools (calculation software, TIPCHECK Creator and Viewer, new browser-based TBI-App in development)
Until today, TIPCHECK Experts, trained and certified by EiiF, have carried out more than 3.000 TIPCHECKs with a convincing implementation rate: 3 out of 4 clients invested in more and better insulation after a TIPCHECK, resulting in annual energy savings of more than 1,6 million MWh and annual CO2 eq. emissions reduction of more than 3,5 Mt.
EiiF supports the development of energy efficiency standards for insulation, and participates in the development of the new European standard prEN 17956, based on VDI 4610, expected to be published in 2024.
In 2022, after the new ISO 12241 standard was published, EiiF organised, exclusively for its Members and the TIPCHECK community, an online training where EiiF Technical Director presented the new standard, the main changes and the new calculation rules.
EiiF also actively follows the development of other relevant standards.
To build awareness of the savings potential of industrial insulation, EiiF advocates for energy efficiency at EU and national levels, participating in roundtables and high-level meetings with decision makers, EU parliamentarians, national politicians and business leaders.
EiiF actively participates in consultations on EU directives such as the energy efficiency directive (EED). TIPCHECK, and in particular the short payback times offered by TIPCHECK initiated insulation improvements, were referenced by the European Commission in the context of energy audits and the need to push for the implementation of audit recommendations in the 2021 working document evaluation of directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency which accompanies the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on energy efficiency (recast).
EiiF also runs a workshop called NIAP (National Insulation Action Platform) since 2019, where the participants can share developments and progress of their activities in their respective countries.
EiiF provides facts and figures and publishes reports, fact sheets and studies showing that the savings potential of industrial insulation is large and exists across all regions and sectors. EiiF best practices examples also prove how insulation solutions can help industry to save energy.
EiiF also gives presentations and speeches at energy efficiency and industry-related conferences and exhibitions and is engaged in EU working groups such as IED Article 8, SFEM (Sector Forum Energy Management), EEFIG (Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group) and BREF.
Innovation, research and education play a crucial role when it comes to raising awareness of the growing, much needed benefits of insulation, as well as to developing the next generation of insulators.
We are engaged in research & education projects with universities and private partners with the aim to increase energy efficiency in industry. Our research projects help to develop inspection and maintenance tools introducing digitization to the world of technical insulation, using infrared and 3D-technology.
Furthermore, EiiF promotes the young generation through organizational participation in international educational competitions such us the FESI European Insulation Apprentice Championship and the allocation of scientific projects to junior scientists.
Our research project eDian, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research with about 600.000 EUR, started in 2016 in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) and industrial partners, aiming to combine infrared technology with 3D scanning for TIPCHECK and energy-efficient insulation purposes. The eDian project was later continued in a second project called ThermoHead, changing from 3D to digital stereophotogrammetry. As the financial cost of the developed solution in ThermoHead proved to be too high, the university and EiiF, based on the eDian knowledge and experience, created an easy but effective solution for TIPCHECK Experts to illustrate and communicate the results of a TBI-Inspection or a TIPCHECK audit. The tools are called TIPCHECK Creator & Viewer and they are offered free of charge for EiiF-certified TIPCHECK Experts with an active TIPCHECK licence.
The successful work of the foundation is guaranteed by the commitment of its dedicated member companies. In EiiF's founding year, the initial 8 founding partners quickly grew to 12, and today EiiF counts more than 60 insulation companies among its supporting members, from all major international insulation manufacturers and insulators to family-owned companies and, increasingly, individuals.
The EiiF Academy is the most recent pillar among the fields of activity, and the first successfully conducted EiiF sustainability workshops have already been very popular and help to further advance the foundation's purpose in terms of initiating practical energy saving projects through knowledge and sharing best practice.
Since its foundation, EiiF has also supported the FESI European Championships for Insulation Apprentices and this year is introducing the topics of digitalisation and sustainability into the competition programme.
THE KEYMARK QAC SECRETARIAT
EiiF manages the KEYMARK QAC Secretariat for Thermal Insulation Products For Buildings and Thermal Insulation Products For Industrial Applications since 2019. We are proud to be involved in the KEYMARK certification for thermal insulation products as we strongly believe that it is only when a product keeps its promise of high quality that the expected energy savings can be delivered, and that the best way to ensure the high quality is through independent third party testing.
The KEYMARK is a voluntary European quality mark for products and services and it demonstrates compliance with European Standards. The KEYMARK certificate is owned by the European standardization organizations CEN and CENELEC and it can only be issued by empowered Certification Bodies.
Especially for consumers the KEYMARK stands for real added value, representing high, reliable product quality, tested and confirmed by an independent third party. The KEYMARK also complements CE Marking in the case of the products that are legally required to comply with the applicable directives, thus serving to boost consumer confidence throughout Europe.
Below you can see how the Quality Assurance Committee is organised - please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about the KEYMARK certificate for thermal insulation products.