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Seeds for Workforce Success

While the terms sustainable, energy-efficient, and green building are broadly used to describe construction that centers on building performance, there’s no national program that focuses on career development in building performance. That’s why North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) Founder and CEO Ryan Miller is investing...

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Jul 2, 2020 9:43:10 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Developing Careers in Building Performance

Eighteen months ago, Insulation Institute spoke with North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) Founder & CEO, Ryan Miller, about a comprehensive building performance workforce development initiative that could serve as a model for other states and organizations in recruiting workers into the building performance trades. The...

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Jun 26, 2020 11:30:48 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

IEA Publishes Green Energy Recovery Plan

The International Energy Agency (IEA) today issued its Special Report on Sustainable Recovery, which details a three-year path forward for a green energy-based global recovery post-COVID-19. The report calls for a broad scale of global actions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, recover jobs lost during the pandemic, and boost economic...

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Jun 19, 2020 8:01:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Release: Mineral Wool as Continuous Insulation

Mineral wool continuous insulation (CI) is increasingly used in both residential and commercial applications. Insulation Institute’s new release, “How Mineral Wool as Continuous Insulation Can Benefit Your Building,” reviews the many benefits of using mineral wool insulation as CI.

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Jun 11, 2020 2:33:28 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Reasons to Build with Mineral Wool

5 Reasons to Build with Mineral Wool

Chris Laumer-Giddens is an architect and custom builder. He's an HVAC designer and building enclosure specialist whose current design-build project is a 2,800 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in Marietta, GA. Given the many hats Chris wears, it's remarkable that he still finds time to...

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May 21, 2020 11:32:11 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Real Challenges of Uniform Code Enforcement

Thomas Branch is president of Comfy House, a Pennsylvania-based home performance company that specializes in building energy modeling, energy efficiency retrofits, and energy efficiency inspections. As a RESNET and BPI certified rater with decades of experience in the business, Branch is qualified to speak about the deficiencies he sees in...

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Apr 17, 2020 10:23:52 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Meet America's Best Installer

Gerardo Macias, an insulation installer with Northern Insulation in Wauconda, IL, is the winner of the 2019 “America’s Best Installer” competition, held Nov. 7-9 in Denver, CO, and won the event’s top prize of $10,000. The annual competition, hosted by Insulate America and Johns Manville, saw Macias compete against contenders for the title in...

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Nov 14, 2019 5:05:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A Model for the Net Zero Built Environment

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has some of the most advanced policies and programs in the country to support a net zero built environment for existing and new construction homes. Other states would do well to follow their lead.  

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Jul 25, 2019 11:33:22 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Designers Report on Energy Efficiency Trends

Designers Report on Energy Efficiency Trends

Fixr.com recently published its 2019 Energy-Efficient Home Design Trends Report. The study’s authors interviewed 25 experts in the home design industry to peg upcoming trends in energy-efficient home features, design, and building trends. These experts have a pulse on what consumers want in design...

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Apr 19, 2019 9:13:03 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Matt Whitbeck's Three Tips for Framers

Matt Whitbeck, Co-Owner and President of Whitbeck Construction, LLC specializes in custom framing, exterior sustainability, and residential remodeling. He’s serious about quality craftsmanship and energy efficiency. So much so that he is a popular speaker at building industry conferences on those topics. Whitbeck and Kevin Ireton spoke to a...

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Apr 3, 2019 3:59:22 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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