Insulation Institute Blog

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

North Carolina Builder: Energy Efficiency Isn't a Bad Word

If you follow building energy efficiency code development and implementation at all, then you know that builders in North Carolina oppose efforts to modernize the state’s outdated energy efficiency code. That code is largely unchanged from the 2009 IECC, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association is fighting to keep it that way.

Jun 2, 2023 7:53:52 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Release: Advanced Framing with Fiberglass & Mineral Wool

Lumber costs have skyrocketed in recent years. In addition, more stringent building energy efficiency requirements mean more builders are interested in advanced framing. The key to advanced framing success lies in the details for areas like corners, wall intersections, and around windows.

Aug 11, 2022 9:25:41 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Administration Targets Building Codes in New Initiative

The Biden Administration on Wednesday announced a national initiative to advance building codes. The effort is designed to help state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments adopt the latest, current building codes and standards. Doing so, it says, will boost resilience to hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and other extreme weather events,...

Jun 3, 2022 8:22:46 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

RESNET, ICC to Develop Standard for Virtual Inpections

The International Code Council (ICC) and RESNET have teamed up to develop a new ANSI Standard on remote virtual inspections (RVI) for buildings' energy and water use performance. The standard will be developed using RESNET's ANSI-accredited procedures and will be based on the ICC's "Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections."

Jul 30, 2021 8:23:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Could Your Next Home Be 3D Printed?

The U.S. housing market saw a record low supply of homes for sale at 1.16 million in April, down 25 percent from the prior year. With demand driven by the lowest fixed mortgage rates in 50 years, a current housing shortage at 4 million homes nationwide,[1] and higher costs for building materials, land, and labor, any home building option that...

May 27, 2021 9:45:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

DOE Analysis of the 2021 IECC Reveals Big Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently issued a preliminary analysis of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), noting that the code will improve energy efficiency in residential buildings. DOE’s technical analysis of the updated code (relative to the 2018 IECC edition) pegs...

May 21, 2021 11:25:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

What Texas Can Teach Us About Resilience

This month’s extreme cold snap in Texas and resulting failure of the state’s power grid offers some important lessons in the rear-view mirror. This week, we look at three takeaways from this month’s crisis and how we can better prepare for the next one.

Feb 26, 2021 8:00:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Crux of Better Building

Builder Ryan McCoon, LEED APH of Endura Performance Homes, has more than 30 years' experience in the residential construction industry and has built 60 homes ranging in price from $500 - $1.5M in Traverse City, MI area. As a high-end custom builder, Ryan has the weight of his client's expectations at the forefront of his mind as he completes their...

Feb 18, 2021 5:55:24 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd