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FEMA Says Homes at Risk Due to Outdated Codes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a long-awaited study detailing archaic building codes' impact on communities. The report concludes that 65 percent of counties and municipalities in the United States have not adopted modern building codes. These communities incur an additional $1.6 billion a year in property damage...

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Nov 27, 2020 9:08:03 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Two Really Avoidable Insulation Gaffes

Would it surprise you to learn that among the top 10 reasons cited for a failing a final new residential home inspection is missing insulation in the attic access or floor? Improperly installed insulation is an inconvenient problem that can be fixed relatively easily, but insulation that’s completely missing on a final inspection can cost...

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Aug 21, 2020 11:03:00 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Pandemic Could Drive Net Zero Construction

Pandemic May Drive Zero Energy Construction

An increasing number of states and municipal governments are considering more stringent energy efficiency goals into their updated building codes. For example, new residential construction in several locales within Colorado must comply with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home...

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Jul 31, 2020 9:03:37 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How to Nurture Workforce Development

Even as the home building industry sees a record surge in sales, it still faces a tough challenge with labor for the foreseeable future. Novel approaches to attracting young people into the trades and efforts like North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA’sworkforce development initiative may ultimately be the catalyst to solving...

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Jul 16, 2020 4:06:30 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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

A New Normal: Virtual Inspections

The current pandemic has forced many industries to develop alternative methods for their typical operations, and construction is no different. In the first of a new series we’re calling, “How Construction Will Change,” Insulation Institute takes a look at a growing trend for the building industry: virtual code inspections.

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May 1, 2020 12:04:51 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A Special Edition of "The Build Show" on COVID-19

In a special edition of “The Build Show” this week, custom builder Matt Risinger is joined by his wife, internal medicine physician Dr. Christy Risinger to discuss the steps that his construction company is taking to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair outline practical tips regarding scheduling trades, distancing between workers,...

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Mar 19, 2020 4:54:43 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

10 Hidden Air Leaks in New Construction

Sealing common air leakage pathways is key to achieving a tight thermal envelope. Often, hidden holes in new construction homes can make achieving an airtight envelope very difficult. Knowing where these hidden holes tend to occur can help builders avoid a massive air leakage issue. Our 10 Hidden Air Leaks in New Construction Homes guide covers...

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Feb 6, 2020 4:52:33 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Try This Old School Hack for Estimating Insulation Jobs

Getting accurate estimates for insulation installation jobs in new construction homes sounds like a relatively simple undertaking, but for some contractors, getting precise material quantities for jobs can be a challenge. Do you use software to estimate materials, or do you have an estimator review the construction plans? Is it necessary to...

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Dec 6, 2019 4:52:26 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Desire for Healthier Homes Boosts IAQ Solutions

A study commissioned by Second Nature, the nation’s largest home wellness subscription service, revealed that 99 percent of Americans want a healthy home, yet 62 percent say they could do a better job of obtaining one. One of the major ways that homeowners can ensure a healthy home is maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ). The U.S....

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Oct 4, 2019 9:16:06 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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