Insulation Institute Blog

New Report: Trends in HERS-Rated Homes

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is out with a new analysis of HERS-rated homes in the United States in 2023, Trends in HERS-Rated Homes. The report is the fifth installment of the organization’s Trends report. It is made possible by RESNET’s Suppliers Advisory Board, which is comprised of suppliers of goods and services to the...

Jun 7, 2024 8:30:35 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New York First to Launch Home Energy Rebate Program

New Yorkthis week became the first state in the nation to stand up a home energy rebate program funded through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The program will allow low-to-moderate income households to receive up to $14,000 in rebates for making certain energy efficiency and clean energy updates to their existing homes, including air sealing...

May 31, 2024 6:39:25 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The First ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade Partner is Sealed

The Environmental Protection Agency’sENERGY STAR Home Upgrade Programinked its first partnership this week withSealed, a clean tech company working to accelerate home energy improvement and electrification projects nationwide. The partnership could help hundreds of thousands of U.S. households improve their home performance through a one-stop...

May 24, 2024 8:33:23 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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