Insulation Institute Blog

Report: Couple Envelope & Electrification Work

A new report just published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) highlights that pairing residential heat pump heating and cooling systems with air sealing and insulation will reduce likely increases in customer costs and strain on the electric grid. The report’s message is timely as states prepare to implement two key...

Jul 13, 2023 11:51:28 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

DOE Updates ZERH Specs, Provides 45L Details

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last month released the latest version of the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) requirements for single-family homes. Version 2 of the ZERH requirements included an update of the thermal envelope insulation levels to those required by the 2021 Residential IECC, whereas the previous version (V1 Rev 8) stipulated 2015...

Jan 13, 2023 9:09:15 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

Insulation Industry Releases Decarbonization Policy Principles

U.S. and global policymakers are increasingly focused on decarbonization efforts to address climate change. In response, trade associations representing the major U.S. insulation industry organizations recently released a statement of policy principles on building decarbonization. The principles advocate maximizing energy efficiency in buildings...

May 5, 2022 3:19:17 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The $32M DOE Effort to Boost EE

Long-needed energy efficiency improvements in much of America’s public housing means that low-income tenants spend a significant portion of their income on energy costs. Moreover, buildings are the second-largest carbon dioxide emissions source. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to address this by launching an experiment with architects...

Mar 25, 2022 8:42:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Decarbonizing Buildings Starts with Energy Efficiency

Responsible for nearly 40 percent of global climate emissions, buildings are critical to the government’s response to climate change. As lawmakers and climate advocates look for new policies that will curb greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, the old rallying cry for energy efficiency is being replaced by calls for policies that...

Mar 10, 2022 4:38:52 PM Curt Rich

2021 Record Year for Clean Energy

Despite the ongoing pandemic, 2021 was a record-breaking year for investment in the energy transition and renewable power, battery storage, and sustainable transportation, according to the 2022 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published by BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). This tenth annual edition...

Mar 7, 2022 8:38:36 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Building Efficiency Accelerator

Addressing CO2 emissions in the built environment is critical in combatting climate change. Yet despite the urgency of the effort and the potential benefits to building occupants, roughly 80 percent of the energy savings potential in buildings globally remains untapped, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).[1] In response, WRI has...

Jul 9, 2021 8:29:37 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 program....

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

5 Promising Developments for Decarbonization

As a new decade begins, there are promising developments on the horizon for building decarbonization and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in residential and commercial construction. While federal support for decarbonization to address climate impacts is at a standstill, non-governmental organizations, state and local governments, and...

Jan 8, 2020 4:29:03 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd