Insulation Institute Blog

A Hot New Home and Missing Insulation

New homeowner Evelyn Cagnetti recently contacted NAIMA to share her frustration about her new Energy Star home, which she had built in February of last year. Shortly after moving in, Evelyn noticed that the upstairs was hot, stale, and stuffy during the winter months. Still, she didn't know why until she checked the second-floor ceiling and found...

Jun 18, 2021 8:04:38 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

New Data Shows Strong Appeal of HERS

RESNETannounced this week that its analysis of the top 200 U.S. home builders in 2019 shows more builders are constructing HERS homes, and of all homes built by the top 200 builders, 39 percent received a HERS rating last year. Other impressive numbers from the analysis show:

Oct 2, 2020 9:28:28 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Home Energy Efficiency Data Can Sway Buyers

In real estate, the mantra of top sales professionals is “location, location, location.” While location is of course key, a new report from the American Council on an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) provides a proof point that increasingly, home energy efficiency can also drive home buying decisions. ACEEE’s research shows that including home...

Aug 7, 2020 8:20:36 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Reasons to Build with Mineral Wool

5 Reasons to Build with Mineral Wool

Chris Laumer-Giddens is an architect and custom builder. He's an HVAC designer and building enclosure specialist whose current design-build project is a 2,800 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in Marietta, GA. Given the many hats Chris wears, it's remarkable that he still finds time to...

May 21, 2020 11:32:11 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Better Marketing Drives Sales of EE Homes

A new study from the National Association of Home Builders reveals that one-quarter of the features home builders are most likely to include in new construction homes relate to energy efficiency. Despite the popularity of energy efficiency features, some builders are conflicted about them in part because they believe they cannot recoup the...

Apr 24, 2020 10:15:25 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Real Challenges of Uniform Code Enforcement

Thomas Branch is president of Comfy House, a Pennsylvania-based home performance company that specializes in building energy modeling, energy efficiency retrofits, and energy efficiency inspections. As a RESNET and BPI certified rater with decades of experience in the business, Branch is qualified to speak about the deficiencies he sees in energy...

Apr 17, 2020 10:23:52 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Realtor Sees Uptick in Video Tours

Video home tours are not new in real estate, but the current COVID-19 health crisis is driving an increase in these digital tours, according to Mike Swinney, a Northern Virginia-based realtor. Swinney has more than 12 years’ experience selling homes in one of the hottest housing markets in the nation. Swinney estimates a 50 percent volume increase...

Apr 9, 2020 4:39:19 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and the number of LEED-certified buildings in the United States continues to grow. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released the top 10 states for LEED Green building in 2019, a year in which the total number of...

Feb 13, 2020 4:53:55 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Number of HERS-Rated Homes Grows

The number of HERS-related homes in the United States continues to expand, according to new data released by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). In 2019 a total of 241,909 homes in the United States were HERS-rated compared with 236,116 in 2018. That is an increase of 5,793 homes in one year. To date, 2.7 million homes have been...

Jan 23, 2020 4:51:05 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd