Insulation Institute Blog

Fiberglass Among "Best Insulation Materials from a Health Perspective"

Fiberglass insulations received a ringing endorsement in a recent report by Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) that examines the health impacts of materials used in weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades for low-income multifamily housing stock.

The report reviews the materials used in these retrofits and ranks products – including various...

Sep 19, 2018 4:46:40 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Lessons From Brad Pitt's Effort to Make It Right

What was a lofty philanthropic effort by actor Brad Pitt has morphed into a disastrous example of how poor construction of affordable, energy-efficient housing can negatively impact homeowners and put the builder and building designer in a precarious position.

NOLA.COM reported this week that in 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina, Make it...

Sep 13, 2018 9:45:37 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Master the Training, Witness the Test

In the quest to meet new energy code requirements of the 2012/15 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), some builders are finding that passing that all-important blower door test is their biggest challenge. As we’ve reported earlier this year, only 40 to 50 percent of new construction homes that must now meet the 3 ACH50 blower door...

Sep 6, 2018 10:45:14 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Home Design with Wi-Fi in Mind

There are more Wi-Fi devices in use than there are people on Earth and about 50 percent of Internet traffic flows through Wi-Fi networks.[1] Wireless devices are everywhere, so it’s easy to understand why Wi-Fi connectivity is critical for homebuyers.  Virtually everyone has had that experience of being in a home or building that has weak Wi-Fi...

Aug 30, 2018 9:14:55 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Don't Park the Prius on the Roof!

Don’t Park the Prius on the Roof

In this age of technology, one of the great ironies of modern home shopping is that buyers more often than not consider resale homes first over new construction. In fact, in some markets, up to 90 percent of homes sold are lower priced, less efficient resale homes. Homebuilders can reverse that trend by...

Aug 24, 2018 7:30:46 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Commonly Missed Air Leakage Pathways

In our effort to help builders and contractors reduce air leakage in new construction homes, much of the focus has been on the building envelope. However, there are other areas outside of the building envelope that can prove problematic for air leakage. Bob Nelson of Ener-G Home Performance Consultants shed some light on three commonly...

Aug 10, 2018 9:11:47 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Eye on Fiber Glass and Mineral Wool Health and Safety

The Role of Data in Assessing the Potential Hazards of Man-Made Vitreous Fibers

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (“NAIMA”) occasionally gets questions about the health and safety of fiber glass and mineral wool insulation products.  To answer those questions, NAIMA is launching a new blog series.  Our first post is on the...

Jul 30, 2018 10:30:48 AM Insulation Institute

Future-Proof Home Construction

In his more than 30 years as a residential building contractor, Jim Iredale focused much of his career on constructing code-built custom homes. That changed in 2012 when he had the opportunity to work on a very high-end project that was designed to meet passive haus (house) standards, and a devotee was born.  

Jul 18, 2018 5:23:51 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Want More of a Good Thing? Switch Your Trusses

By: Matthew Brown, CGP, APA Engineered Wood Specialist

Insulation can increase a home’s energy efficiency, but only if it’s properly installed. Batt insulation installed as per manufacturer instructions should perform at its stated value, but R-value can decrease if it’s compressed in tight spaces.

In roofing assemblies, conventional trusses...


Right-Sizing AC in High-Performance Homes

Some people think that the idea of a high-performance building is a new concept, but it has been around for some time now. As defined in the Energy Policy Act 2005, a building that “integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity”...

Jun 28, 2018 9:30:14 AM Stephanie Gordon, NewACUnit