The Alexander Schwartz Award is a prestigious award only presented when deemed a valid candidate meets the outlined criteria.
The recipient of this award will have made a significant contribution to the reflective products industry either through technical achievement, leadership, product development, and/or new technology. Through example, the recipient has motivated industry representatives and advanced the reflective products industry and/or RIMA International and, in turn, contributed to the overall acceptance of reflective products within the building codes and in the overall marketplace.
Additional criteria include:
- Can be awarded to a member or non-member
- Can be awarded to an individual or company
When a recipient is chosen, the award will be presented to them at the bi-annual International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers (I-RIM) Conference. A complimentary conference registration and hotel room will be provided.
Anyone interested in submitting a candidate for consideration can do so by completing the Nomination Form.
About Alexander Schwartz
In 1945, Alexander Schwartz, president of Infra Insulation, Inc. out of New York City, commercially
produced a radiant barrier reflective insulation product he called INFRA Insulation designed to keep
summer heat out and winter heat in a home or building. Architects and builders immediately embraced this
solution as a way of building higher energy efficient homes. Infra Insulation, Inc. quickly became the
largest producer of reflective foil insulation.
In the 1950’s, INFRA Insulation was introduced to the consumer market as an accordion-fold style product
and was touted as easily installed by anyone who could use a staple gun. Newspaper advertisements
even depicted women installing the radiant barrier in their own homes. By the early 1960’s, millions of
square feet of radiant barrier has been installed in homes and buildings.
Unfortunately, an unfavorable FTC ruling against Infra Insulation Inc., coupled with the untimely death of
Schwartz in the early 1960’s, resulted in the INFRA Insulation radiant barrier product being taken off the
market entirely by 1965 and the business being closed.
David Yarbrough is President of R&D Services, Inc. a testing and consulting company located in Cookeville, TN. Dave is Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University and retired Research Staff Member from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dave holds the PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Tennessee and Florida and author or co-author of over 200 technical papers or reports. Dave has been active in technical areas dealing with thermal insulation and related building materials for about 25+ years. We are pleased to recognized David as our first Alexander Schwartz Award recipient. He goes above and beyond on behalf of this industry and is well deserving of this award.