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Time to Optimize Thermal Performance in 100M Homes

Time to Optimize Thermal Performance in 100M Homes

Mar 10, 2023 1:03:30 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Webinar: How 3E Plus Can Help Schools Apply for Retrofit Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs has issued a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for public K-12 schools. These grants are available to make energy improvements that result in direct reduction to school energy costs, increase energy efficiency, and lead to improvements in teacher and...

Mar 2, 2023 3:42:00 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

It's the Order of Operations with Heat Pumps-Part 2

In part one of this post, guest contributor Jeremy Begley talked about why equipment replacement without any kind of thermal measures was rarely done. In part two this week, he details why that's the case.

Feb 24, 2023 10:19:26 AM Jeremy Begley

Order of Operations Matters with Heat Pumps

Way back in the late 2000s, when I first took my BPI Building Analyst training and got into home performance, one of the first lessons I can remember learning was the importance of working through the proper order of operations. Things like "always seal the high and low bypasses first" and "air seal then insulate because the pressure boundary and...

Feb 17, 2023 11:34:29 AM Jeremy Begley

Guide Can Help Schools Apply for Retrofit Funds

NAIMA just released a new guide designed to help schools apply for grant funding available through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by making pipe insulation upgrades using our free 3E Plus pipe insulation thickness calculator tool.

Feb 10, 2023 8:12:16 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Guide: Attracting and Retaining Installers

The building industry has struggled with building trades recruitment and retention issues for more than a decade. The aging construction workforce, lack of skilled trades instruction in schools, and stiff competition for workers have all contributed to the issue. All skilled trades professions are impacted, and insulation contractors are no...

Jan 27, 2023 10:21:08 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Course on Mineral Wool and Resilient Design Available

NAIMA has just released a new course that is available through Hanley Wood University (owned by Zonda). The course, “Resilient Design: Fire Safety, Mineral Wool, and Sustainability,” discusses the construction industry’s vulnerability to natural and manmade hazards that can result in everything from reducing the lifespan of infrastructure, to loss...

Jan 20, 2023 11:05:25 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

DOE Updates ZERH Specs, Provides 45L Details

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last month released the latest version of the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) requirements for single-family homes. Version 2 of the ZERH requirements included an update of the thermal envelope insulation levels to those required by the 2021 Residential IECC, whereas the previous version (V1 Rev 8) stipulated 2015...

Jan 13, 2023 9:09:15 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2022

Whew! How did 2022 go so quickly?!

Dec 23, 2022 9:17:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Industry Use of Recycled Content Grows

NAIMA recently announced the results of its annual recycled content survey, which reports its members’ use of recycled materials. In 2021, NAIMA members in the U.S. and Canada used more than 3.3 billion pounds of recycled glass and slag in the production of residential, commercial, industrial, and air handling thermal and acoustical insulation.

Dec 16, 2022 10:13:50 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd