The 2018 International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference was held May 9-10 at the Marriott Los Suenos Golf Resort and Spa in Puntarenas Costa Rica hosting guests from around the globe. Countries represented include the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile. RIMA-I President Doug Kinninger, International Conference Chairman Sergio Luconi and RIMA-I Executive Director Mary Edmondson hosted the event presented in both English and Spanish.
The 2-day educational conference was a great success with excellent presentations from all the countries listed and featuring Wednesday’s guest featured speaker Dr. William (Bill) Miller from Oak Ridge National Laboratory who presented a “Demonstration of Near Zero Energy Homes” and Thursday’s featured speaker Dr. Jan Kosny from Faunhofer Institute who gave a “Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Thermal Performance of Residential Attics Containing Aerogel-based Radiant Barrier Systems”.
Other presentations included:
Innovations in the Manufacture of Reflective Films – Veronica Ataya

Building Performance Software – Impact of Attic Radiant Barriers – Bill Lippy
ASHRAE 90.1 Update – Monty Millspaugh
RIMA-I Product Verification Evolution – Doug Kinninger
Fundamentals and Techniques of Measuring Water Vapor Transmission – Michael Joyce
The Power of the Marketplace – Steve Baden and Laurel Elam, RESNET
Reflectives and the International Code Council (ICC) – Wes Hall
Next Generation Reflective Insulation Facing Films – Ralph Dale
Radiant Energy Management & the Versatility of IRCCs – Lynn Walters
Regional Updates: Latin America – Sergio Luconi; Europe – Guy Delcroix; North America  and Australia – Mike Boulding and SE Asia – Kah Wei Yam
Latin America Building with Reflective Insulation Performance and Improvements After RIS – Pablo Sobrado
About RIMA-I and the Advanced Building Code Coalition (ABCC) – Bobby Byrd
New Digital Experiences – Mario Vargas
Does the Presence of a Radiant Barrier Increase the Chance of a Lightning Strike? – Brian St. Germain
Regulations in Latin America for Reflective Insulation – Pablo Sobrado
SAP Business One – Juan Bautista

If you were unable to attend this year’s event, presentations will be available for purchase (in PDF format) for $25/presentation or $200 for the full set. Contact RIMA-I at rima@rima.net for details or to place your order. We’d also like to thank the following sponsors for their participation: Celplast Metallized Products, JX Nippon ANCI, Inc., ECHOTape, Thermal-Economics and the Advanced Building Code Coalition.
For more information on the 2018 I-RIM Conference including photos of the event, session descriptions, speaker bios and information on how to purchase copies of the presentations, please visit https://www.rimainternational.org/i-rim-conference/2018-i-rim-conference-costa-rica/.
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