Insulation Institute Blog

70 Seconds on Why Quality Installs Matter

The housing industry is changing, and quality insulation installation matter more than ever before. Poor quality insulation installation can reduce energy efficiency, lower a home’s HERS score, prevent qualification for certification and incentive programs even endanger code compliance. In this new video, Insulation Institute lays out the business...

Jun 21, 2017 12:53:31 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

High performance vented attics with buried ducts

When a new version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is completed there can be a good deal of lag time between publication and market impact. This is because states need to adopt the new code, a process which is measured in years, not weeks or months. However, there can be exceptions to this general rule. The 2018 IECC laid out...

Dec 14, 2016 4:35:14 PM Jordan Doria

A Novel Approach to Vented Attic Design with Mineral Wool

Vented attics have a number of benefits, but also one well known and pesky downside: it is very hard to perfectly air seal the ceiling plane given the number of penetrations you have. This results in energy losses but also, often times, pulling less hygienic air from the attic into the home itself. LG Squared, a firm out of Atlanta offering...

Nov 7, 2016 11:06:40 AM Jordan Doria

A breeze. A draft. A blast. A wind. A whiff. Who knew air could take so many forms in a building?

No matter what you call it, air flow and its management are vital to the performance, energy efficiency and comfort of a new or renovated home. Not only that: improper air flow can have severe effects on the health and safety of the people in the building by promoting mold growth, spreading pollutants, and possibly creating backdrafting of...

May 31, 2016 1:45:12 PM NAIMA

Want To Insulate Yourself From Customer Complaints About High Energy Costs? Establish a Good Thermal Boundary.

When it comes to energy costs, we all know the big numbers lie in heating and cooling the house. A large portion of this excessive energy use is due to air leakage as well as too little – or improperly installed – insulation. A good thermal boundary, which includes insulation, windows and doors, not only reduces energy waste, but also greatly...

May 17, 2016 7:30:00 AM NAIMA

KB Homes’ Approach to Zero Energy Ready Building

KB Homes, a top 10 builder nationally, has firmly established itself as a leader in energy efficient building. In April of this year, it won its sixth consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year Award. Additionally, in 2013, 2014 and 2015 it received Department of Energy Housing Innovation Awards for its Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) construction....

Apr 28, 2016 4:28:20 PM Jordan Doria

Sustainability Is Beautiful

Images like this one are beautiful to me. Maybe it is my many years in the mineral (glass or rock based) fiber products industry, but when I see these products I find them beautiful. I know some see an old product, one they don’t think has changed much over time, but I see an ageless beauty that for over 80 years has been a sustainable choice for...

Apr 20, 2016 4:17:54 PM Scott Miller

Regulatory Watch

New emissions rules for Wool Fiberglass and Mineral Wool product facilities

Nov 11, 2015 10:03:28 AM NAIMA

Regulatory Watch: Spray Foam Insulation Impact Assessment Standard

Standardized Methods Needed to Assess Potential Impacts of Spray Foam Insulation Products

Oct 14, 2015 10:09:04 AM NAIMA

ENERGY STAR’S “2015 Rule Your Attic” Campaign Promotes Insulation

This fall the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program will launch its second annual “Rule Your Attic” Campaign to increase homeowners’ awareness of the financial, comfort, and environmental benefits of adequately sealing and insulating their homes. Through this campaign Energy Star hopes that homeowners become knowledgeable of their home’s energy use and take...

Sep 30, 2015 10:45:19 AM NAIMA