Insulation Institute Blog

Trading Off Thermal Resistance is a Very, Very Bad Idea

If you’ve been following our blog for some time now, you know that we write regularly about basic building science. In fact, we completed a primer, Building Science 101 with Building Scientist Allison Bailes a few years back. Dr. Bailes, a Georgia resident, recently wrote the state’s Department of Community Affairs to object to a proposal that...

May 13, 2021 4:23:42 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Guide: Insulating Your Home Office for Sound Control

Experts predict that 20-30 percent of the U.S. workforce could be working from home multiple days per week by the end of 2021.[1] With this shift to remote work, a dedicated home office becomes essential, and optimizing that space for functionality and comfort is a top priority.

May 7, 2021 9:09:04 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Report Details COVID's Effects on Clean Jobs

A report released this week by E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) highlights the tremendous impact of the pandemic on clean jobs. According to Clean Jobs America 2021, for the first time since the organization began tracking clean jobs, employment fell across the sector in 2020. The pandemic, the resulting economic fallout, and the lingering...

Apr 22, 2021 2:25:23 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Beauty and the Batts

Fiberglass batts are commonly used to insulate flat ceilings and attic areas in both new and existing buildings. They offer performance, cost-effectiveness, and relative ease of installation, but that doesn’t mean they’re always installed properly. The performance of any insulation product is dependent not only on selecting the proper product...

Apr 16, 2021 10:35:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Where's My Green Job?

An increasing focus on mitigating climate change and constructing sustainable, resilient buildings has created a green buildings industry exploding with job opportunities. However, many job seekers simply don’t know those occupations exist.

Apr 9, 2021 8:29:55 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Report Shows Acoustic Performance

NAIMA has released a new report that documents the acoustical performance of residential wall cavity insulation products. The report is based on research conducted by Intertek Labs that tested seven wall assemblies with variations in cavity insulation products, including fiberglass, mineral wool, open cell spray foam, closed cell spray foam,...

Mar 25, 2021 4:49:33 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Pandemic Housing Trends to Watch

3 Pandemic Housing Trends to Watch

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, the virus continues to impact housing trends in America. While white-hot housing demand and the increase in construction prices are making headlines, there are other interesting trends shaping the current U.S. housing market that are worth noting. This week, we...

Mar 18, 2021 4:59:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Does My Insulation Settle or Expire?

NAIMA/Insulation Institute frequently fields questions regarding various performance aspects of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation. One of the most common questions we receive is, “what is the typical lifespan of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation?” Other questions come up regarding settling and loose fill insulation. We know there are...

Mar 12, 2021 8:43:47 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Buyers Flock to EE Features Amid Covid

A new report from HomeLight shows that consumers' energy use and energy efficiency preferences have increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a survey of 1,000 top real estate agents, the report sheds light on home buying and selling trends – with interesting insights about energy efficiency awareness and preferences.

Mar 5, 2021 8:33:29 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

What Texas Can Teach Us About Resilience

This month’s extreme cold snap in Texas and resulting failure of the state’s power grid offers some important lessons in the rear-view mirror. This week, we look at three takeaways from this month’s crisis and how we can better prepare for the next one.

Feb 26, 2021 8:00:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd