The National Insulation Association (NIA), Alexandria, Va., has signed an Allied Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT). The agreement is a commitment to foster collaborative efforts to promote energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Under the agreement, NIA becomes a member of the Allied Partner network that provides information and assistance to industrial manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of their operations. The network includes national industrial associations, private companies, state government agencies and public organizations, all of whom work to provide energy efficiency information, products, services and support to industrial manufacturers.