The Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International is marking 30 years in business this year to the reflective insulation, radiant barrier and interior radiation-control coatings industries.
The association was founded in 1978 by a small
group of industry professionals interested in educating building professionals
and consumers on the benefits and uses of reflective products. They also took
an active role in the American Society of Testing Materials International by
helping write the testing and installation standards for reflective insulation
and radiant barriers, which continues today.
One of the
association’s first accomplishments was participating in 1979 U.S. Department
of Energy and Federal Trade Commission hearings on insulation products in
Washington, D.C. At the completion of the hearings, the FTC published what
became known as the “R-value rule.” This rule still governs the way all
insulation products and radiant barriers are packaged, tested and sold
In the second half of the 1980s, RIMA’s efforts
helped reflective products make a significant contribution to energy
The association recently changed its name to
RIMA International and has expanded involvement into European countries.
Companies from 12 countries make up the current membership. The association
held its first international meeting in April 2007 in Paris and will hold their
next in Barcelona, Spain, in May 2009.
RIMA celebrates 30 years of service
August 1, 2008