Insulation Institute Blog

Getting Granular on Clean Energy Jobs

E2 has published new, interesting data on clean energy jobs by congressional districts. Clean energy employment[1] (jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency) accounts for 3 million U.S. jobs, and the sector will likely grow following the passage of the massive infrastructure bill. E2’s searchable database allows users a closer look at...

Nov 19, 2021 8:30:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

25 Checkpoints for Inspecting Insulation Jobs

Most home builders have a point-person responsible for ensuring that tradespeople are completing their work as specified. For some, that means there’s someone physically walking through homes after the insulation has been installed to ensure that the job is done properly. But do they know where to look? Our 25 checkpoints guide can help.

Nov 12, 2021 12:54:00 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Award-Winning Construction with Fiberglass

Each year since 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards recognize forward-thinking builders who construct homes that are Zero Energy Ready (with net zero achievable with the addition of solar panels). Among the winners of the 2021 Housing Innovation Awards is Milwaukee-area builder Tim O’Brien Homes, which took a top...

Nov 4, 2021 9:29:38 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Most and Least Efficient States

While some states have aggressive stretch energy code requirements, other states lag in their efforts. A new report from WalletHub, a personal finance company, analyzes data from various government agencies in 48 states and ranks each in their building, auto, and transportation efficiency. The report finds that Utah is the most energy-efficient...

Oct 22, 2021 8:49:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Smart Tech Can Drive Sustainable Homes

Peggy Smedley hosts the No.1 digital transformation and internet of things podcast in the nation. She has spent the better part of the past two decades teaching companies about the disruptive and innovative capabilities of technology and how to leverage those technologies for a better world. A passionate advocate for sustainability, Smedley...

Oct 15, 2021 8:55:30 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Red Flags That Derail Recruiting

Author and Marketing Expert Kelly McDonald of McDonald Marketing recently offered sage advice to insulation contracting company owners attending the 2021 Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA) conference in San Antonio last month: You must get smarter about recruiting and retaining employees. McDonald laid out proven strategies to...

Oct 7, 2021 1:03:38 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

October 6 is EEDay 2021 - Help Spread the Word

Next Wednesday, October 6, marks the sixth celebration of Energy Efficiency (EE) Day 2021 (EEDay2021). EE Day is a collaborative effort including dozens of energy efficiency advocacy groups in the U.S., including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Alliance to Save Energy, National Resources Defense Council, and...

Oct 1, 2021 9:21:23 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Great Insulation and Air Sealing at Lower Costs

In home construction, getting great air sealing and insulation are the Holy Grail in delivering a high-performance home with an effective thermal envelope. The prevailing belief among many in the building industry is that only spray foam insulation can deliver the thermal performance and airtightness that is required but that simply isn’t true....

Sep 16, 2021 6:33:37 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

ENERGY STAR Falls Behind in Thermal Envelope Performance

For more than 25 years, the ENERGY STAR® Homes program has positioned itself as the market leader in cost-effective, energy-efficient new home construction. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advertises that homes built to ENERGY STAR specifications are 10 to 20 percent more efficient than homes built to code1. But behind the advertising...

Sep 10, 2021 8:30:36 AM Joel Martell

Epidemiology Update Affirms IARC 2002 Conclusion

Man-made vitreous fibers (MMVFs) or synthetic vitreous fibers (SVFs), specifically glass, rock/stone or slag wools, have multiple end-use applications but are most commonly used as insulation. MMVFs have been studied by health and safety experts for decades. Most notably, the potential carcinogenicity (ability or tendency to produce cancer) of...

Sep 1, 2021 4:07:16 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd