Insulation Institute Blog

When To Make A Date With A HERS Rater

The popularity of HERS-rated homes is clear, with 38 percent of all new homes getting HERS rated in 2015[1]. This figure is indicative of the importance of this energy performance marker to both builders and homebuyers and the growth trend is likely to continue. As builder adoption of the HERS score expands, how can HERS raters help builders...

Jan 11, 2017 4:45:11 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

High performance vented attics with buried ducts

When a new version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is completed there can be a good deal of lag time between publication and market impact. This is because states need to adopt the new code, a process which is measured in years, not weeks or months. However, there can be exceptions to this general rule. The 2018 IECC laid...

Dec 14, 2016 4:35:14 PM Jordan Doria

Do Homebuyers Want "Energy Upgrade" Packages?

Are builders missing the mark by not offering upgrade options for HERS-Scored homes?

Homebuyers like choices. Builders, ever eager to meet the desires of their buyers, typically offer a dizzying array of choices in products, finishes and designs to suit a wide variety of styles.  Yet seemingly few builders offer consumers a choice in homes at...

Dec 7, 2016 12:21:21 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Managing Your Online Reputation

If you’re a home builder, you may already know that nine out of 10 home buyers today rely on the Internet as one of their primary research sources and 52 percent turn to the web as their first step in the home search, according “The Digital House Hunt” published by National Association of Realtors®   Moreover, in the digital age, consumers use...

Dec 7, 2016 12:14:23 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Training the Trades to Get the Grade

Providence Homes has built more than 1,000 certified Energy Star homes – getting RESNET Grade One, a requirement of Energy Star Home Certification, using fiber glass batt insulation in each home. How does Providence do it, again and again when others say it’s difficult to achieve? One word: training.

Nov 30, 2016 3:58:08 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A Novel Approach to Vented Attic Design with Mineral Wool

Vented attics have a number of benefits, but also one well known and pesky downside: it is very hard to perfectly air seal the ceiling plane given the number of penetrations you have. This results in energy losses but also, often times, pulling less hygienic air from the attic into the home itself. LG Squared, a firm out of Atlanta offering...

Nov 7, 2016 11:06:40 AM Jordan Doria

Do Quality Insulation Installations Cost More?

We talk a lot about the importance of quality insulation installation, especially for batts. If the home is getting a HERS rating, Grade III installation means 5% of your insulated area is modeled as uninsulated. For those in California, failing to meet their definition of quality, a Quality Insulation Installation (QII), means wall cavity R-value...

Oct 19, 2016 1:28:19 PM Jordan Doria

For Better Homes, Is it Net Zero or Passive House?

While solar homes have reached a milestone, superior envelope efficiency must be primary

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that the number of U.S. homes with solar panels has reached 1 million. As the primary on-site renewable power generation source, the expansion of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) means a much more...

Oct 6, 2016 12:03:58 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Providence Homes on Selling Comfort

Research shows that consumers want energy efficiency, but they’re motivated by comfort. As builders pursue energy efficient homes, they may need to shift how they promote the benefits of high performance homes to potential buyers, so that their messages resonate on an emotional level in an area that consumers really care about: comfort.

Oct 6, 2016 12:00:11 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Things Builders Can Do to Reduce Comfort Callbacks

Comfort callbacks are both timely and cost consuming, so here’s what you can do to reduce them.

The single largest financial investment that consumers will make in their lifetime is their home and a wealth of research finds that homeowners want their abodes to be energy efficient and comfortable.  Both comfort and energy efficiency rely heavily...

Oct 6, 2016 11:54:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd