Insulation Institute Blog

Our Top 10 Blog Posts

We end this year as we’ve done for the past 7 with a list of our top blog posts. If you’ve been following our blog for a few years, thank you for your loyalty. We hope we’ve shared interesting, thought-provoking topics and look forward to bringing you more content in the new year!

Dec 22, 2023 8:25:47 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How 12 Standards Stack Up on Performance

A new report from Emu Passive, which specializes in Passive House training and consulting, looks at the ability of 12 building standards to deliver resilience, a healthy environment, and efficient buildings. The research examines how the various building standards perform based on the most common challenges for buildings. PHI Passive House...

Dec 8, 2023 8:35:43 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Can the Gamification of EE Deliver Success?

Researchers at Purdue University this week announced the creation of a patent-pending Internet of Things (IoT) software program called MySmartE that incentives people to use energy efficiency programs offered by the government and industry. Why does that matter? The lack of residential engagement with energy efficiency programs to measurably...

Dec 1, 2023 12:11:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Training on the Cheap (Even Free)

It’s no secret that well-trained insulation installers are more likely to deliver high-quality work leading to builder and homeowner satisfaction. And though the job of insulation installer seems pretty straightforward, if you ask anyone who has been in the business of evaluating insulation installation jobs, they’ll tell you that top-quality jobs...

Nov 17, 2023 12:04:10 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The End of Home Sampling?

One of the dirty little secrets of modern home building is that some high-performance building programs allow home sampling or assigning all homes within a development the same performance characteristics or scoring as a reference home. The implementation of sampling was always challenging to monitor and assess. The implied promise for each home...

Nov 3, 2023 9:26:09 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Most and Least Energy-Efficient States in 2023

WalletHub has released its annual survey of America's most and least energy-efficient states. The personal finance site's evaluation of residential energy efficiency notes that the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 annually on utilities. Notably, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures (such as air...

Oct 20, 2023 8:12:46 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Two Years Free Electricity for New Home Buyers

With affordability at the top of the list for home buyers today, shopping for a home that will be budget-friendly to purchase and own is a priority for most buyers. A new one-stop shopping platform for energy-efficient homes is looking to change how Americans buy homes by elevating energy efficiency in the purchase process. Furthermore, it’s...

Oct 6, 2023 7:51:30 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

EE Day: Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs

Next Wednesday, October 4, is Energy Efficiency (EE) Day 2023. This annual event, a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency organizations, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), Advanced Energy United, The Alliance to Save Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Regional Energy...

Sep 29, 2023 7:10:03 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Join the DOE Peer Exchange for Updates on IRA Incentives

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Better Buildings Residential Network offers industry members an opportunity to keep abreast of energy efficiency and electrification rebates and incentives and the details associated with them. Industry members can register for Peer Exchange Calls. These calls cover key...

Sep 15, 2023 8:35:05 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Building Codes Save Money and Lives

As the remnants of Hurricane Idalia pummeled the East Coast, this week it’s becoming clear that property owners may feel the resulting impacts for months or even years. The devastation underscores the importance of strong building codes and code enforcement as a front-line defense against increasingly extreme weather events. As climate change...

Sep 1, 2023 8:10:54 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd