Insulation Institute Blog

New Release: Fiberglass and Mineral Wool Facts for DIYers

NAIMA has released a new guide for homeowners called Fiberglass and Mineral Wool Facts for DIYers. The guide is designed to address questions homeowners may have about the safety of installing fiberglass and mineral wool insulation as a do-it-yourself project.

May 9, 2024 4:16:40 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Government-Backed Mortgages to Get Efficiency Boost

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule updating the energy code requirements for HUD and USDA new home mortgages. All new construction homes purchased with these federal mortgages must now comply with the 2021 or the 2024 International Energy...

Apr 26, 2024 10:02:33 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How the IRA Can Make Resilience Affordable

With the cost of homeownership skyrocketing and extreme weather on the rise, it's increasingly important to know if your home is financially and physically resilient.

Apr 19, 2024 9:01:22 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Better Built Homes at Any Budget

Shawn Nienhouse is a Certified Green Home Professional (CGHP) and Construction Project Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in Grand Rapids, MI. He oversees the construction of LEED-certified housing for families in need. His background also includes a stint as an estimator for a production builder that built close to code minimum...

Apr 5, 2024 9:13:44 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

$180M Funding Opportunity for Schools Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy opened applications Wednesday for the 2024 Renew America’s Schools prize, which will award $180 million in funds to school districts nationwide to implement energy upgrades.

Mar 22, 2024 9:01:52 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

NREL: Envelope Upgrades Can Save Thousands with Heat Pumps

The Inflation Reduction Act provides thousands of dollars in rebates or tax credits for homeowners installing heat pumps. However, even without those rebates, heat pumps would be cost-effective in 65 million U.S. households, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) research. Further, electrification with heat pumps can reduce...

Mar 14, 2024 4:53:19 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Cool Tech: The Polymer That Could Boost Efficiency

Residential dehumidification has several benefits, including improved comfort, prevention of mold and mildew, and better respiratory health. Low humidity enabled by dehumidifiers also helps air feel cooler, allowing residents to set their thermostats at higher in the summer without sacrificing comfort. This can reduce the workload of the air...

Mar 1, 2024 7:49:11 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Bolstered by Policy, Clean Energy Thrived in 2023

Driven by the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the clean energy transition saw a record-shattering year in 2023, according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and BloombergNEF in the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, released Wednesday. The report focuses on clean...

Feb 23, 2024 7:49:42 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Ways AI is Delivering on Energy Efficiency

Would it surprise you to learn that 82 percent of companies are currently using or exploring artificial intelligence (AI) in their operations? Further, 84 percent report they are increasing their investments in data and AI.[1] That’s because AI has a near limitless capability to aid businesses and organizations in their effort to help boost energy...

Feb 9, 2024 8:09:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

4 Resources for BPS Implementation Education

State and local governments across the country are adopting building performance standards (BPS), and the pace of adoption for such standards will only accelerate as jurisdictions look to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost building energy efficiency, and lower energy use. In 2023, 10 local jurisdictions across the U.S. launched BPS policies,...

Jan 26, 2024 8:04:38 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd