Insulation Institute Blog

NC Builder Scores Fifth Innovation Award

Home Builder Shawn Jessup, owner of S. D. Jessup Construction, Inc., is now a five-time winner of a DOE Housing Innovation Award, recognizing forward-thinking builders constructing energy-efficient homes on the path to Net Zero. Having accomplished this feat first in 2017 and for the past four consecutive years, that puts him in rare company.

Sep 23, 2022 7:54:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Study Details Enormous Insulation Retrofit Benefits

A newly released study by ICF, an international consulting firm with expertise in the energy and energy efficiency sectors, shows that upgrading building envelope insulation and air sealing leads to substantial energy savings and carbon emission reductions.

Sep 19, 2022 8:59:16 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

IRA Seeks to Transform the Building Sector

The newly passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) incentivizes increasing energy efficiency to decarbonize the built environment and fight climate change. All totaled, the law invests $50 billion into clean energy technologies and improvements that can lower home energy bills and make homes healthier and safer while significantly reducing climate...

Sep 3, 2022 11:16:43 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Release: Advanced Framing with Fiberglass & Mineral Wool

Lumber costs have skyrocketed in recent years. In addition, more stringent building energy efficiency requirements mean more builders are interested in advanced framing. The key to advanced framing success lies in the details for areas like corners, wall intersections, and around windows.

Aug 11, 2022 9:25:41 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

6 Fixes for an Energy Star Home Upgrade

This past Spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program launched a new initiative, the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade, targeting six high-impact energy efficiency improvements for existing homes to cut energy use and cost. These fixes will also improve home comfort and lead to a cleaner, healthier home.

Aug 5, 2022 9:03:21 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New: Passive House Case Study

NAIMA has just released a new guide, Passive House Construction with Fiberglass and Mineral Wool Insulation. This new publication compares code-built, net zero, and passive house construction in terms of energy optimization, ultimately demonstrating that Passive House construction is the most rigorous in performance. It also presents a case study...

Aug 4, 2022 10:56:24 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Home Building's Inflection Point

With much of the globe witnessing unprecedented heat waves and wildfires, the realities of climate change are undeniable. But how will this impact residential construction? How might builders consider the impacts of climate change on building resilience moving forward? This week we talked to NAIMA Canada Senior Technical Advisor Gary Sharp, a...

Jul 22, 2022 7:27:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Selling Fast: Eco-Friendly, Resilient Homes

A recent report from Zillow, a leader in the real estate marketplace, shows that homes that highlight eco-friendly and resilient features sell up to 10 days faster than those without such features. Moreover, these homes that include features such as energy-efficient windows and solar panels continue to sell for more.

Jul 7, 2022 4:47:45 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

DOE: Clean Energy Job Growth Stronger in 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released the U.S. Energy Employment Report (USEER), an annual report that takes a comprehensive look at national and state-level employment data for the clean energy sector. DOE’s analysis found that the clean energy sector job growth increased by 4 percent in 2021 versus 2020 despite the impacts of the...

Jul 7, 2022 4:26:54 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Top 10 States for HERS-Rated Homes

This week, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) highlighted the top 10 states for Home Energy Ratings-scored (HERS) homes in 2021. Twenty-two percent of new construction homes are rated each year, and in 2021, HERS-rated homes totaled more than 313,000. This represents a four percent increase over the number of ratings in 2020 and...

Jun 24, 2022 7:15:59 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd