Cutting Emissions, Costs, and Improving Workplace Safety with Thermal Reusable Blanket Insulation

by | Jul 7, 2020

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Shannon, the world-leading designer and maker of reusable thermal and acoustic insulation, helped George Mason University save more than $1 million since 2009 with an insulation solution for the university’s heating and cooling system. The university’s energy manager calculated the milestone based on annual energy savings accumulated from using a self-contained, reusable insulation system. Beginning in 2009, George Mason University’s Fairfax, Va., campus installed more than 725 custom-engineered reusable blankets on:  boilers, valves & pumps in the Central Heating & Cooling Plant (CHCP); valves, fittings and expansion joints in tunnel vaults; and fittings and valves in mechanical rooms. Photos and specifications for these blankets appear on the Thermal Blanket Insulation page of Shannon’s website. “By reducing heat loss and energy, we got a payback in under 15 months with our reusable blankets,” said Patrick Buchanan, university energy manager for George Mason.

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Patrick Buchanan
University Energy Manager
George Mason University

Patrick Buchanan is Fairfax, Va.-based George Mason University’s Energy Manager. Since joining GMU in 2005, Buchanan and his team have aggressively pursued a wide array of energy-saving activities to meet the school’s power needs, while doing so in the most efficient manner possible. By working with a network of business partners, Buchanan has undertaken 40 energy-improvement programs that have saved GMU $2.5 million annually.

Joe Lauria
Director of Sales & Marketing
Shannon Global Energy Solutions

Joe Lauria leads the network of sales managers and representatives who sell Shannon Global Energy Solutions’ customers the company’s reusable, ASTM-, ISO- and UL-tested products to protect people, profits and the planet. Lauria is responsible for selling a portfolio of products that have saved customers over $400 million dollars. Lauria’s team also offers customers free thermal and acoustic surveys to show employers how to make a safer, sustainable workplace. Lauria has a track record of strategic sales and marketing leadership and success in the U.S. and internationally, with a focus on the industrial manufacturing sector.

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