Insulation Institute Blog

Clayton Unveils Net Zero Home

Clayton Homes (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) last month unveiled its first Net Zero home to the public. The company, one of the largest national builders of off-site and site-built homes, paired several energy efficiency upgrades and a solar roofing system to deliver the CrossMod model home it says is both sustainable and attainable. 

May 20, 2022 5:56:48 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Release: The Facts About Mold Growth

Fiberglass duct liners and duct board have been incorrectly blamed for contributing to mold growth in high humidity and high temperature conditions. The fact is that fiberglass is inherently resistant to mold growth. Stringent testing in accordance with UL and ASTM standards confirms that fiberglass duct liners and duct board do not support mold...

May 12, 2022 7:15:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Insulation Industry Releases Decarbonization Policy Principles

U.S. and global policymakers are increasingly focused on decarbonization efforts to address climate change. In response, trade associations representing the major U.S. insulation industry organizations recently released a statement of policy principles on building decarbonization. The principles advocate maximizing energy efficiency in buildings...

May 5, 2022 3:19:17 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Realtors Report Increase in Green Home Features

The National Association of Realtors® has just released the results of an annual survey of its members on green home features. The 2022 Realtors and Sustainability Report shows that half of realtors have helped clients buy or sell a home with green feature – a sharp increase from the 32 percent of the previous year. Additionally, 63 percent stated...

Apr 29, 2022 7:25:41 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

We Should Talk About Insulation More

“We need to think about insulation, or to start thinking about it in the first place,” says a Vox news story this week. As part of a series that addresses our warming world, Vox writer Neel Dhanesha calls insulation the climate solution hiding in our walls. There’s no time like today -- Earth Day -- to talk about insulation’s important role as a...

Apr 21, 2022 8:29:36 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

NAIMA Releases New 3E Plus Software

NAIMA recently released a new version of its popular 3E Plus software, which allows users to calculate the appropriate thickness necessary for any application of pipe or mechanical insulation.

Apr 14, 2022 4:57:55 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Construction Trades Programs See Boost

Nationwide the construction industry needs 650,000 more workers to meet building demand this year alone, according to experts. Adding to the urgency is that up to 40 percent of the construction workforce is expected to retire by 2030.[1] After many years of bad news about the construction trades workforce comes the good news this week that...

Apr 1, 2022 7:53:18 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The $32M DOE Effort to Boost EE

Long-needed energy efficiency improvements in much of America’s public housing means that low-income tenants spend a significant portion of their income on energy costs. Moreover, buildings are the second-largest carbon dioxide emissions source. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to address this by launching an experiment with architects...

Mar 25, 2022 8:42:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Decarbonizing Buildings Starts with Energy Efficiency

Responsible for nearly 40 percent of global climate emissions, buildings are critical to the government’s response to climate change. As lawmakers and climate advocates look for new policies that will curb greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, the old rallying cry for energy efficiency is being replaced by calls for policies that...

Mar 10, 2022 4:38:52 PM Curt Rich

2021 Record Year for Clean Energy

Despite the ongoing pandemic, 2021 was a record-breaking year for investment in the energy transition and renewable power, battery storage, and sustainable transportation, according to the 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published by BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). This tenth annual edition...

Mar 7, 2022 8:38:36 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd