NIA's January 2021 E-News Bulletin
Don't Miss These Upcoming NIA Events & Programs!
  • Free COVID-19 Relief Webinar
  • 2021 NIA Membership Renewal
  • Virtual Spring Summit Registration Is Open
  • 5 Ways to Increase Your Company's Offerings or Educate Your Team
  • Insulation Outlook Editorial and Advertising Opportunities
  • NIA's Annual Convention Update
  • Plus, much more!
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Happy New Year!

As we start a new year, we want to take a moment to share our gratitude for our loyal members. We have counted on one another and will continue to push the boundaries to ensure that we all succeed in 2021. May this new year be one of industry growth, health, and prosperity.

COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know Heading into 2021  

New Free Webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 3-4 p.m. ET

  • Donald Rineer will provide an update on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, including forgiveness, tax issues, and a new round of loans in the COVID-19 Relief Bill.
  • Amy Mitchell will clarify the changing requirements for leave (paid and unpaid) for COVID-19, review the extended unemployment benefits available to employees, and discuss the updated EEOC Guidance on COVID-19, including mandatory vaccine policies. 
  • Abbie White will review OSHA's enforcement activity (to date) concerning COVID-19 related issues, cover the basic steps that contractors should be taking to protect employees in the field, and address the enforcement of COVID-19 safety policies in the field.
Registration is required. Click here to register for free.
Latest Survey Results: COVID-19 Impact on Insulation Contractors 
 
In late December 2020, NIA and other insulation associations surveyed contractors on how the pandemic response is impacting our industry. Click here to see the commercial and industrial contractors results. Click here for residential contractors results.

Thank you to all our contractor members who completed the survey. Your participation is valuable for the industry.

Don't Miss Out on 2021 Membership Benefits

We couldn't do it without you. If your company has renewed your membership for 2021, thank you! We have some exciting activities planned for 2021 and we want you to be a part of it all.

If you have not renewed yet, please note that the 2021 membership dues renewal invoices were emailed to primary representatives in September 2020 and are now due. Click here to pay your company's dues online. To take advantage of discounted check prices, please send a check along with a copy of your dues invoice to:
National Insulation Association (NIA)
516 Herndon Parkway, Suite D
Herndon, VA 20170

With the ongoing mail delivery delays, please email membership@insulation.org if you are mailing your dues payment so we know it is on its way. 
Spring into Action at NIA's Virtual Spring Summit

Did you know that 100% of Fall Summit survey respondents said they would attend a Virtual Spring Summit! If you have never attended one of NIA's events, now is the time!

To encourage robust participation, NIA offers registration rates as low as $175 for member companies that register multiple people and has added additional networking events. Plus, our virtual event eliminates travel costs such as airfare and hotel expenses while offering you the targeted insulation-industry content and national networking events you expect from NIA.

Click here to view the Virtual Spring Summit preliminary schedule. We encourage you to register by Feb. 19 to receive the lowest registration rate, your event goody bag, and all of the committee meeting materials.

Key Dates & Deadlines*


*Please note that registration for the Virtual Spring Summit is required to attend any portion of the event, including committee meetings.

New Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking for new, creative ways to reach your current and potential customers? Scroll through four options, including a new Product Demo Video and Raffle Giveaway Sponsorship. Questions, contact Erin Penberthy at events@insulation.org
Resolve to Train Your Team & Grow Your Business in 2021! 

Register by Jan. 26 or Apr. 26 for NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Virtual Courses   
 
NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification™ is a two-part, four-day virtual course that will educate participants on how to inspect and verify that the materials and the insulation system have been installed in accordance with the mechanical insulation specifications. Virtual training eliminates travel costs such as airfare and hotel expenses. Estimated savings are $1,500! Click here to learn more about the course.  

February 2021 Course
  • Part 1 on Feb.10-11: NIA's Introduction to Mechanical Insulation
  • Part 2 on Feb. 17-18: NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Course
  • Click to register by Jan. 26.
May 2021 Course
  • Part 1 on May 11-12: NIA's Introduction to Mechanical Insulation
  • Part 2 on May 18-19: NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Course
  • Click to register by Apr. 26.
New to the Insulation Industry? Take the Introduction to Mechanical Insulation
Participants may also register for the February two-day introduction-only online course, which is excellent training for new employees to educate them about the mechanical insulation industry and products. Give your remote workers a new understanding of the industry in just two days online, Feb. 10-11. Click here for more information and to register.  
 
Special Notice Regarding Mail Delivery Delays: With the ongoing mail delivery delays, please email training@insulation.org if you are mailing any registration forms so that we can reserve your spot while we await your registration form and payment.  
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Register by Feb. 16 to Receive Introductory Pricing for NIA's New Understanding Specifications for Insulation Course on Mar.
 
Registration is now open for NIA's new five-hour virtual course, Understanding Specifications for Insulation, taking place on Mar. 2, 2021. This course will help participants understand the purpose and complexity of specifications, how they vary between market segments, and how that knowledge can benefit your company.
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Register by Mar. 31 for NIA's Virtual Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) on Apr. 14-15 

With a new, fresh look, IEAP is a two-day virtual course that teaches students how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. This course educates participants on how to conduct a facility walkthrough, use the 3E Plus® software, utilize infrared cameras during inspections, understand steam efficiencies, analyze and complete an appraisal spreadsheet, and present your customer with a final report. 
For more information on any NIA learning program or to host your own private course, email training@insulation.org
NIA Asks Members to Recommend Insulation Inspectors

NIA recommends the use of Certified Insulation Inspectors and requests that members add suggested language to their product guideline specifications or installation guidelines. Click here for the language and to see which manufacturers have already committed to recommending NIA Certified Inspectors and those that plan to do so in their product guideline specifications or installation guidelines.
It's Not Too Late to Sign Up!
New Digital Marketing Opportunities Available to Reach Your Customers in 2021 
 
Insulation Outlook is your forum to showcase your products to end users and to speak to engineers. We are now offering more digital and print advertising avenues than ever before!

Email ads@insulation.org to customize your 2021 marketing package. 

Share Your Insulation Expertise  
We also make it easy to contribute your project case studies and industry insights through an easy Q&A format. Email editor@insulation.org today!
OSHA Update: Form 300A Data Due by Mar. 2 and COVID-19 Resources

Form 300A Data
OSHA reminds employers that the agency will begin collecting calendar year 2020 Form 300A data on Jan. 2, 2021. Employers must submit the form electronically by Mar. 2, 2021. Electronic submissions are required by establishments with 250 or more employees currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees classified in specific industries. Visit the Injury Tracking Application Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA for more information and a link to the Injury Tracking Application.

Industry Resources
OSHA offers resources to help protect workers in the construction industry from exposure to the coronavirus. Click here to learn more. For interim guidance from OSHA and the CDC for manufacturing workers and employers, click here.   

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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IEAP Certification Expiration for Appraisers: Renew by Jan. 31

If you became a Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser or were recertified in 2017 and have not yet recertified, your certification expired on Dec. 31, 2020. The renewal deadline has been extended to Jan. 31, 2021, for you to renew your certification.

NIA sent recertification instructions in mid-September with details on how to take the short exam or submit details on a completed appraisal. Please visit the IEAP Recertification page on NIA's website or email training@insulation.org for more information.
Save the Date for NIA's 65th Annual Convention, Oct. 26-28, 2021

NIA's 65th Annual Convention will be held in person at the MGM National Harbor, located just outside of Washington, DC, on Oct. 26-28, 2021. We can't wait to see you, so please save the date for this event and look for registration information very soon! 
Product Spotlight:
NIA's Safety Handbooks      
 
 
NIA's pocket-sized safety handbooks offer practical tips for contractors and workers looking to maintain a safe working environment. Both the Safety Handbook for Insulation Distributors & Fabricators and the Safety Handbook for Insulation Workers include updated sections on heat-illness prevention, fall protection, and distracted driving. Each handbook contains English and Spanish versions of the text. 
 
NIA Members: 1-25 Copies, $4/each; 26+ Copies, $3/each.
Nonmembers: 1-25 Copies, $8/each; 26+ Copies, $6/each.
 
Click here to order yours!
Key Dates

Jan. 13, 2021
3-4 p.m. ET

Feb. 10-11 and Feb. 17-18, 2021
NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Virtual Course
Register by Jan. 26


Mar. 16-18, 2021
Early-bird deadline is Feb. 19


May 11-12 and May 18-19, 2021
NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Virtual Course
Register by Apr. 26

Oct. 26-28, 2021
NIA's 65th Annual Convention
MGM National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland

For more information on NIA events, please email events@insulation.org.

Click here for the NIA Calendar of Events
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