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Should Solar Generation Trump Energy Conservation?

As communities and municipalities look to adopt improved building energy codes to meet climate or resiliency goals, including additional requirements for solar PV energy production is a common discussion point.

There are often suggestions to allow for a larger PV system and forego other energy efficiency improvements that were included in the...


700 Contractors Get Free Grade I Training

Early this year, Insulation Institute set out to train as many contractors as possible how to achieve Grade I installation with fiberglass batt insulation. We selected three trainers to conduct half-day sessions in four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. Thirty-three sessions have been conducted or planned, and 700...

Oct 11, 2018 4:55:29 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Air Sealing: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

Air Sealing: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

An average of 22 subcontractors are involved in the construction of a new home.[1] With dozens of people involved, there can be a lot of confusion about whose job air sealing is, particularly if details aren’t spelled out within the scope of work or aren’t communicated effectively.

Ensuring that new...

Sep 27, 2018 4:37:54 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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