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Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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Three Takes on the Labor Shortage

According to an Associated Builders and Contractors report, the U.S. construction industry needs to hire more than 430,000 more workers this year than in 2020 to keep pace with construction demand.[1] While construction has had a longstanding skilled labor shortage since the great recession in 2008, theories abound on why attracting skilled...

Jun 4, 2021 8:21:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Could Your Next Home Be 3D Printed?

The U.S. housing market saw a record low supply of homes for sale at 1.16 million in April, down 25 percent from the prior year. With demand driven by the lowest fixed mortgage rates in 50 years, a current housing shortage at 4 million homes nationwide,[1] and higher costs for building materials, land, and labor, any home building option that...

May 27, 2021 9:45:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

DOE Analysis of the 2021 IECC Reveals Big Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently issued a preliminary analysis of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), noting that the code will improve energy efficiency in residential buildings. DOE’s technical analysis of the updated code (relative to the 2018 IECC edition) pegs...

May 21, 2021 11:25:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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