Insulation Institute Blog

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

Three Ways Designers Can Drive Net Zero

Architects play a critical role in the push to decarbonize the built environment, which accounts for 40 percent of global CO2 emissions. A new and urgent global appeal to architects to accelerate their participation in decarbonization is being driven by the founder of Architecture 2030, Edward Mazria. He recently wrote an open letter urging...

Aug 26, 2021 4:35:11 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Blown-in Insulation's Measures and Checks

Blown-in insulation installers know that measuring it in an attic is key to delivering the required thermal performance and receiving a Grade I install. That is typically accomplished by installing attic rulers throughout the space, so there is one for every 300 sq. feet of attic space. Accurate measures are needed to meet code requirements,...

Aug 12, 2021 6:24:19 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A New Builder's Daily Emerges

John McManus retired last August from Hanley Wood after a nearly 20-year career in various senior editorial roles. Post “retirement,” McManus launched a brand-new publishing endeavor, The Builder’s Daily, a digitally published newsletter filled with thought-provoking and informative insights for the building industry. Insulation Institute...

Aug 6, 2021 9:18:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

RESNET, ICC to Develop Standard for Virtual Inpections

The International Code Council (ICC) and RESNET have teamed up to develop a new ANSI Standard on remote virtual inspections (RVI) for buildings' energy and water use performance. The standard will be developed using RESNET's ANSI-accredited procedures and will be based on the ICC's "Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections."

Jul 30, 2021 8:23:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Impressive Benefits of EE Investments

New analysis from the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) reveals that energy efficiency investments could result in massive job growth while simultaneously reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving consumers money.

Jul 15, 2021 3:32:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Building Efficiency Accelerator

Addressing CO2 emissions in the built environment is critical in combatting climate change. Yet despite the urgency of the effort and the potential benefits to building occupants, roughly 80 percent of the energy savings potential in buildings globally remains untapped, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).[1] In response, WRI has...

Jul 9, 2021 8:29:37 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Better, Greener AC

Better, Greener Residential AC

Record heatwaves remind us that residential air conditioners (AC) are a wonderful invention, and as sweltering heat blankets much of the country, the demand for home AC will only increase. Unfortunately, this only drives CO2 emissions higher, increasing global warming. One way that we can ensure that we reduce...

Jul 2, 2021 9:49:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd