Insulation Institute Blog

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

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2022

Whew! How did 2022 go so quickly?!

Dec 23, 2022 9:17:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

State Doing the Most on Energy Efficiency

With the high cost of utilities, a federal mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a renewed push for more energy-efficient buildings, some states have implemented programs and policies that ramp up energy efficiency. In fact, 10 U.S. states are on the leading edge of efficiency because of state policies that prioritize it. Unfortunately,...

Dec 9, 2022 8:58:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

An Active Weekend for Passive House

Building industry members have an opportunity from November 11-13 to learn about Passive House buildings in the U.S. and globally during the International Passive House Open Days. Organized by the International Passive House Association, the event will provide the opportunity for those interested in these highly energy-efficient buildings to learn...

Nov 11, 2022 5:49:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Ekotrope Spots $160M Missed Opportunity for Builders

A new analysis from Ekotrope, the leading provider of home energy rating software, shows U.S. home builders might leave money on the table. Ekotrope software is used to generate energy efficiency insights for one in four U.S. homes. Its analysis concludes that if the homes built this year were slightly more energy efficient, builders could claim...

Oct 28, 2022 9:58:35 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Rule Your Attic Kicks Off Next Week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR annual “Rule Your Attic” campaign kicks off on Monday, October 17. The annual campaign encourages homeowners to go into their attic, check their insulation levels, and air seal and insulate if needed. Most homes will need to add insulation as 9 out of 10 U.S. homes are under-insulated.

Oct 14, 2022 8:04:49 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

NC Builder Scores Fifth Innovation Award

Home Builder Shawn Jessup, owner of S. D. Jessup Construction, Inc., is now a five-time winner of a DOE Housing Innovation Award, recognizing forward-thinking builders constructing energy-efficient homes on the path to Net Zero. Having accomplished this feat first in 2017 and for the past four consecutive years, that puts him in rare company.

Sep 23, 2022 7:54:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Study Details Enormous Insulation Retrofit Benefits

A newly released study by ICF, an international consulting firm with expertise in the energy and energy efficiency sectors, shows that upgrading building envelope insulation and air sealing leads to substantial energy savings and carbon emission reductions.

Sep 19, 2022 8:59:16 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

IRA Seeks to Transform the Building Sector

The newly passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) incentivizes increasing energy efficiency to decarbonize the built environment and fight climate change. All totaled, the law invests $50 billion into clean energy technologies and improvements that can lower home energy bills and make homes healthier and safer while significantly reducing climate...

Sep 3, 2022 11:16:43 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