What Being a National Insulation Association Certified Energy Appraiser Means



In every industry, there are certifications and licenses that experts in the field must obtain. Usually, these certifications require passing a specific exam or series of exams, and some have additional requirements such as having a specific number of years in the industry. While some of these certifications are optional, some industries require them. In the insulation industry, the National Insulation Association Certified Energy Appraiser isn’t required, but those who are in the insulation business can certainly benefit from this certification. The professionals at MC&I, Inc. who design & engineer the RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam Panel Insulation hold this certification.

What Is the National Insulation Association?

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is a trade association that is a nonprofit organization. It represents any contractor, fabricator, manufacturer, and distributor who works in the insulation industry. This includes those who manufacture and sell parts and insulation accessories in addition to full insulation systems. The NIA was organized in 1953 and is headquartered in North Virginia. The group works to make certain that those in the insulation business are up-to-date on recent news, trends, and innovations.

What Is a NIA Certified Energy Appraiser?

A certified energy appraiser is trained to determine the optimal thickness of the insulation needed for a project. They are also able to estimate how much energy will be saved and covert that into a dollar amount to give their clients a good idea of what kind of return on investment they will be getting. These insulation professionals provide efficient, safe, and cost-effective assessments that can help clients determine the best insulation options.

Energy appraisers are a great help to those who want to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Many companies that want to go green will have an energy appraiser work with them to determine what impact their company is having on the environment and how that impact can be decreased.

What Does it Take to be a Certified Energy Appraiser?

In order to become certified, a person must go through the Insulation Energy Appraisal Program. This program is taught over the course of two days and teaches participants a number of different skills related to determining the best thickness and calculating energy savings. The program is offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Those who successfully complete the program and pass the exam, receive their certification.

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Our Promise to You!


Here at MC&I, we focus on the customer and on insuring that we meet their every need. Our RIDGLOK® insulation system is designed to provide unparalleled quality and reliability for all tank insulation. To that end, we make a five point promise to all of our customers that all MC&I products and services, including RIDGLOK®, will meet the following:

Outstanding Service – We firmly believe that every business must match its outstanding product quality with outstanding customer service. To that end, every one of our team members is trained to be knowledgeable, friendly, and responsible.

Outstanding Price – We have priced our RIDGLOK® insulation to meet the needs of all of our customers without sacrificing the quality of the product. We want to make certain our customers can install RIDGLOK® insulation without worrying about their budget.

Outstanding Communication – This goes hand in hand with outstanding service. If you have a question about RIDGLOK® insulation or any other product/service we offer, we will get you the answer as soon as possible.

Outstanding Craftsmanship – All of our crew members are highly trained on all of our products and their proper installation and maintenance. They are also MSHA and OSHA certified. In addition to their training, we have worked to design every product we offer to have a visual aesthetic in addition to being highly functional.

Outstanding Safety – Finally, we make certain that every product is thoroughly tested and meets or exceeds every applicable guideline and regulation. All of our crew members are trained in safety and put the safety of our customers and fellow crew first.

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The Versatility of the RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation System


MC&I’s unique RIDGLOK® vertical standing seam panel insulation system is the most cost effective and low maintenance storage tank insulation option available today. The panels that make up this insulation system are manufactured in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that they’re only used in the U.S. In fact, RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems are so versatile, that they have been shipped to many other parts of the world. For example, a dairy company in Burnie, Tasmania, recently purchased materials to insulate an anaerobic digester tank for a large 110.56’ x 31.33’ wastewater tank.

This panel insulation system was manufactured at the Reed, Kentucky, factory and then shipped to Tasmania via trans modal freight. It was used to insulate a tank designed to produce biogas. Insulation helps keep the temperature steady, a necessity in order to keep the tank working efficiently.

Versatile Uses

In addition to being used in a number of countries, RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems can be used in a wide variety of different industries.  Because it can be customized to fit the dimensions of any above ground storage tank, there’s no project that can’t make use of RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems. The fact that this insulation can be installed while the tank continues to operate, highlights yet another versatile ability of the system.

Here are just a few of the different industries that can take advantage of RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems:

  • Agriculture
  • Chemical Plants
  • Energy
  • Fire Protection
  • Petrochemicals

RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems can be used to insulate a wide number of tanks, including water tanks, chemical tanks, waste water storage tanks, and anaerobic digesters and more. It’s been used by municipalities, military bases, manufacturing plants, bio-pharmaceutical companies, and airports.

Why Choose RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems

Why are RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems used in all of these different industries? The insulation system has a number of different advantages to other types of insulation. As already mentioned, it can be installed while the tank is still in use, preventing costly shutdowns and lost time. It’s also very easy to maintain once it’s installed, and maintenance can be done while the tank is still in operation.

RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems can also save a company a large amount of money by reducing costs in several different ways. First, insulation decreases the amount of energy needed to keep the interior of the tank cooled or heated to a specific temperature. Our system loses very little energy, so companies are able to use less fuel.  Second, by using insulation to improve the temperature regulation, there are fewer inconsistencies in temperature or slow-down times while the temperature is adjusted. This allows manufacturing plants to operate more efficiently and produce more products.

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The Advantages of RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam Panel Insulation System

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If you’re looking to add insulation to your storage tank, you should consider utilizing the latest in technology – RIDGLOK® Vertical Standing Seam Panel Insulation System (VSSI), a more modern and cost-effective solution.

Here are a number of reasons why you might want to look at using RIDGLOK® insulation instead of conventional insulation:

• RIDGLOK® has a lifespan of more than 25 years. With other types of insulation, you may need to reinsulate your tank after 10 to 15 years.
• It’s very energy efficient and cost effective. It takes less time to install RIDGLOK® than other types of insulation. No welded insulation supports are necessary.
• Since you’re not replacing it as often, you save time and money. Additionally, when utilized with other heaters or cooling systems, it’s reduces the size of the primary system by complimenting with energy efficiency – which can save thousands of dollars.
• It’s a very flexible system. RIDGLOK® works well for both heated and cold storage tanks, plus it can be used on tanks of many shapes and sizes.
• RIDGLOK® panels are very durable and can be used in areas where the temperature regularly drops below freezing.
• Individual panels can also be replaced when needed, whereas other types of insulation often have to be completely replaced.
• The unique double-locking seam used in the panels prevents water from getting into the system. All of the attachments are located inside the system, protected from weather. With traditional insulation, the cladding is typically only fastened with screws and external banding, leading to a higher risk of corrosion under insulation by water infiltration.

When it comes to tank insulation, these are just a few reasons why RIDGLOK® VSSI is a far superior system to conventional insulation systems. If you’re interested in saving energy without maintenance down the road, we would love to discuss how the RIDGLOK® panel insulation system can work for you.

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RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems and Anaerobic Digester Tanks



Anaerobic digestion is used on a number of farms and other areas where a large amount of animal manure and other organic waste can be found. This waste is stored within a specific tank where it’s introduced to a number of different microorganisms. These bacteria and other organisms break down the waste, leaving very little behind. This method reduces the amount of waste the farm produces, removing any need to store or dispose of it. While anaerobic digestion can actually occur naturally, the tank method of anaerobic digestion is accelerated due to the tank being airtight.

Renewable Energy

In addition to being used to reduce the overall amount of landfill gas in the air by degrading animal waste, anaerobic digestion also has applications in the renewable energy sector. It can be used to create a gas made up of carbon dioxide, methane, and a number of other gases. This biogas has a number of qualities that make it ideas for use as a fuel or as a fertilizer. Overall, using waste from farms to create fuel has the potential to lower costs and provide energy that requires very little investment.

RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems for Anaerobic Digestion Tanks

The tanks used in anaerobic digestion must be properly sealed for two reasons: to keep any air from entering the tank and unbalancing the carefully controlled environment within and to keep the bacteria and other gases from leaking out and potentially harming the people and animals nearby. RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation Systems help to regulate the interior temperature, keeping it consistent in order to promote bacteria growth to produce renewable energy sources.


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Using RIDGLOK® Tank Insulation with Heated Tanks


While many liquids need to be insulated to keep them chilled, there are also a number of liquids that need to be kept in heated tanks. These tanks must be insulated in order to keep the liquids at a specific temperature consistently.  Typically the manner of heating the tank is a combination of insulation and tank heaters such as heater panels, steam coils, heating pads or immersion heaters.

As you may expect, doing this costs a great deal of money, especially if the liquids need to be kept at a high temperature or if the tank is particularly large and in a warm region. Heating that much liquid and keeping it hot requires a lot of energy, but an efficient tank insulation system will prevent a good deal of heat loss and reduce the power needed to warm the tank.

The RIDGLOK® Panel Insulation System and Heated Tanks

RIDGLOK® is designed to help improve your tank’s overall temperature regulation and to reduce the amount of energy it consumes in order to prevent waste and lower your overall costs. In addition to all of this, RIDGLOK® has many other advantages over other types of insulation systems, especially for those looking for an affordable, easy to install insulation system that not only reduces costs,  but also helps reduce emissions and your company’s overall carbon footprint.


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Meeting Petrochemical Terminal Challenges


One of the most important tasks you have is to ensure that you keep up with the required maintenance on your petrochemical terminals. You know how devastatingly expensive it can be if you have a tank down for repairs. It’s worse if you discover that had the maintenance you deferred for a couple of months could have saved you all this trouble. MC&I, Inc. can handle not only the maintenance for you, but also the repairs.

Weather Considerations

Storage tanks have to be checked routinely because they are subject to a variety of weather conditions. If you are near the coast in Georgia, Florida or South Carolina, you know the kinds of abuse the weather throws at your tanks. You have to deal with the moisture, the sea salt and the corrosive effects they have on your equipment. And when those winds start blowing,  look out. If you have an older horizontal insulation system, you can end up with pieces flying off. You must get that repaired quickly or you’ll end up losing the insulation next.

The good news is that MC&I can handle that for you too. We are experts at maintaining, repairing and replacing tank insulation. We will find the right solution for you. We can save you money with the safe removal/repair of your existing insulation, which also increases the life of your insulation and prevents further insulation or tank damage. If the insulation cannot be repaired, we can implement a solution for that too.

What is RIDGLOK?

RIDGLOK is a vertical standing seam panel insulation system that can be used for both cold and hot tanks whether they are flat bolted, chimed bolted, glass lined, fiberglass, welded, stainless steel, or concrete. It is built to fit your specific design requirements and it can be used in both horizontal or vertical tanks. RIDGLOK has various insulation materials and our tank insulation systems are manufactured to the customer’s specific specifications. There are several insulation material options including Polyisocyanurate insulation board, Mineral wool Insulation, and Fiberglass Insulation.   Because of the long lifespan, low maintenance and durability,  RIDGLOK Panel Systems are the superior choice among all tank insulation systems.

The varying insulation types mean that we can create a solution for you that can insulate your tanks, whether you’re operating in temperatures of -40 or temperatures of 1200 degrees. All you have to do is give us the specs and we will design and manufacture an insulation system that will get the job done.



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What You Need to Know About RIDGLOK®

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