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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, improperly installed insulation and air leakage can waste 20 percent or more of the energy used to heat and cool a home.[1] For builders, this can wreak havoc on productivity, resulting in callbacks, jeopardizing code compliance, reducing HERS scores, and delivering homes that are less energy efficient...

Feb 25, 2022 8:13:07 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Survey Pegs Keys to Retention in Skilled Trades

The Building Talent Foundation (BTF) recently released the results of a survey on talent retention in the residential building and skilled trades arena. The results could help home builders and contractors improve employee retention strategies in a hot housing market faced with numerous pressures, including competition for workers due to the...

Feb 18, 2022 11:07:31 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Controlling Air Flow in the Common Wall

It’s difficult to determine how much air is entering a house through walls that are built, not only for shelter and support but also to prevent airflow as an energy conservation measure. However, several ASTM tests are available to accurately measure airflow through common walls to aid in determining problem areas and finding ways to abate...

Feb 10, 2022 9:46:38 PM Michael Schettine

Fiberglass & Mineral Wool: High Performance Priced Right

No matter your building challenge, fiberglass and mineral wool will meet the job's demands. Fiberglass

and mineral wool insulation make up 72% of the insulation material in new homes for a reason.[1] Both products are highly cost-effective selections to meet desired labeled thermal performance.

Feb 6, 2022 10:17:23 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Industry Use of Recycled Content Grows

NAIMA just released a new factsheet summarizing the industry’s use of recycled materials in 2019 and 2020. Over the two-year period, U.S. and Canadian insulation manufacturers used 4.1 billion pounds of recycled glass and 1.33 million pounds of recycled slag in the production of thermal and acoustical insulation.

Jan 27, 2022 7:36:50 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

HERS-Rated Homes Top 300K in 2021

This week, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) reported that 313,153 homes received a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Score in 2021. The number of HERS homes continues to break records, having eclipsed the 299,775 in 2020. More than 3 million homes have been rated since the inception in 1995 of HERS scores, which are a home’s equivalent...

Jan 20, 2022 2:45:45 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Ways Climate is Reshaping Home Building

According to a report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week, 2021 was the sixth warmest year on record.[1] Further, the hottest decade ever recorded occurred between 2009 and 2019.[2] The planet’s warming trend is forcing home builders globally to get creative to address the challenges we’re confronting....

Jan 14, 2022 6:58:26 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2021

As the year winds down, we’re looking back at our most popular blog posts this year. If you’ve missed any of them, perhaps the end of 2021 will provide time to catch up!

Dec 31, 2021 10:43:44 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Deep Energy Retrofits Could Halve Emissions, Energy Use

New research released this week from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that deep home energy retrofits could halve homes’ energy use and emissions.  

Dec 23, 2021 8:35:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Decades of Monitoring Demonstrate Exposure Remains Low

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (“NAIMA”) is the association for North American manufacturers of fiber glass and mineral wool insulation (including rock wool and rock and slag wool) products. NAIMA’s role is to promote energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool...

Dec 14, 2021 9:06:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd