Insulation Institute Blog

Government-Backed Mortgages to Get Efficiency Boost

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule updating the energy code requirements for HUD and USDA new home mortgages. All new construction homes purchased with these federal mortgages must now comply with the 2021 or the 2024 International Energy...

Apr 26, 2024 10:02:33 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How the IRA Can Make Resilience Affordable

With the cost of homeownership skyrocketing and extreme weather on the rise, it's increasingly important to know if your home is financially and physically resilient.

Apr 19, 2024 9:01:22 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Better Built Homes at Any Budget

Shawn Nienhouse is a Certified Green Home Professional (CGHP) and Construction Project Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in Grand Rapids, MI. He oversees the construction of LEED-certified housing for families in need. His background also includes a stint as an estimator for a production builder that built close to code minimum...

Apr 5, 2024 9:13:44 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

$180M Funding Opportunity for Schools Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy opened applications Wednesday for the 2024 Renew America’s Schools prize, which will award $180 million in funds to school districts nationwide to implement energy upgrades.

Mar 22, 2024 9:01:52 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Ways AI is Delivering on Energy Efficiency

Would it surprise you to learn that 82 percent of companies are currently using or exploring artificial intelligence (AI) in their operations? Further, 84 percent report they are increasing their investments in data and AI.[1] That’s because AI has a near limitless capability to aid businesses and organizations in their effort to help boost energy...

Feb 9, 2024 8:09:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Our Top 10 Blog Posts

We end this year as we’ve done for the past 7 with a list of our top blog posts. If you’ve been following our blog for a few years, thank you for your loyalty. We hope we’ve shared interesting, thought-provoking topics and look forward to bringing you more content in the new year!

Dec 22, 2023 8:25:47 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Can the Gamification of EE Deliver Success?

Researchers at Purdue University this week announced the creation of a patent-pending Internet of Things (IoT) software program called MySmartE that incentives people to use energy efficiency programs offered by the government and industry. Why does that matter? The lack of residential engagement with energy efficiency programs to measurably...

Dec 1, 2023 12:11:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The End of Home Sampling?

One of the dirty little secrets of modern home building is that some high-performance building programs allow home sampling or assigning all homes within a development the same performance characteristics or scoring as a reference home. The implementation of sampling was always challenging to monitor and assess. The implied promise for each home...

Nov 3, 2023 9:26:09 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Most and Least Energy-Efficient States in 2023

WalletHub has released its annual survey of America's most and least energy-efficient states. The personal finance site's evaluation of residential energy efficiency notes that the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 annually on utilities. Notably, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures (such as air...

Oct 20, 2023 8:12:46 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Two Years Free Electricity for New Home Buyers

With affordability at the top of the list for home buyers today, shopping for a home that will be budget-friendly to purchase and own is a priority for most buyers. A new one-stop shopping platform for energy-efficient homes is looking to change how Americans buy homes by elevating energy efficiency in the purchase process. Furthermore, it’s...

Oct 6, 2023 7:51:30 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd