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Meet America's Best Installer

Gerardo Macias, an insulation installer with Northern Insulation in Wauconda, IL, is the winner of the 2019 “America’s Best Installer” competition, held Nov. 7-9 in Denver, CO, and won the event’s top prize of $10,000. The annual competition, hosted by Insulate America and Johns Manville, saw Macias compete against contenders for the title in...

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Nov 14, 2019 5:05:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Things to Stop Doing with Batts

Strong new home starts and an uptick in hiring in the construction industry means that new insulation contractors are added to company payrolls every day. With the rise of high-efficiency construction driven by certification programs such as HERS, ENERGY STAR, and LEED, quality installation is more important than ever. To combat common...

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Oct 31, 2019 1:15:36 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Energy Efficiency Workforce Grows to 2.3 Million

E4TheFuture’s recently released 2019 report, “Energy Efficiency Jobs in America,” demonstrates the impressive growth of the energy efficiency workforce, which now numbers more than 2.3 million people. The annual report is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is a comprehensive survey of thousands of businesses, using a...

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Sep 20, 2019 10:39:34 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Basics for Visibly Great Insulation Jobs

We’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands of photos of fiberglass insulation jobs here at NAIMA, some good, some not so good…and some superb. When we came across Yudah Schwartz’s post on LinkedIn, it immediately caught our attention because we recognized an exceptional batt insulation job. The precision shown in installing the batts properly was...

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Aug 1, 2019 3:19:05 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Case for Energy-Plus-Health Programs

Transformations taking place in both the home energy efficiency arena and healthcare are coming together in ways that present opportunities for these industries to work collaboratively to improve outcomes for customers.  VEIC, a sustainable energy company with a mission to enhance the environmental and societal benefits of clean and efficient...

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Jul 11, 2019 4:12:25 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Air Sealing Learning Curve

When newer editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are introduced in states, often there’s a learning curve for home builders, especially when it comes to verification of a home’s air tightness with a blower door test. Some builders are having a tough go of meeting the new requirements.  Increasingly, they’re relying on...

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May 30, 2019 4:49:14 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Reduce Costs with This Sprinklers Alternative

According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the median cost of a residential sprinkler system is $5,000, but the maximum cost of a system averages $21,000. Those are huge numbers that contribute to the builder’s total cost of construction. Builders may be able to cut their overall costs for sprinklers by using fiberglass and mineral...

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Mar 13, 2019 4:42:33 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Report Gives Guidance on Specifying Healthier Insulation

Energy Efficiency for All recently released a new report, “Guidance for Specifying Healthier Insulation and Air-Sealing Materials.” The new report is a supplement to a publication produced last fall, “Making Affordable Housing More Energy Efficient: A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials,” which ranked insulation materials used in multifamily...

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Mar 7, 2019 9:38:16 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Premium Construction With A Cost-Effective Product

Thrive Home Builders is one of the most respected production builders in the country with a multitude of awards and accolades to prove it. The Denver-area company is well-known nationwide for its sustainable, energy-efficient construction, with 100 percent of its homes meeting a minimum of Net Zero Energy Ready status. Thrive commands a 10 to...

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Feb 28, 2019 4:55:26 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Matt Risinger Might've Made Our Day!

We at Insulation Institute spend a good deal of our time talking up the benefits of using fiberglass and mineral wool insulation. As much of the content of our blog is geared toward new residential construction, we value connecting with builders who use these products to achieve high-performance new home construction. So, we were thrilled to...

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Feb 22, 2019 10:30:23 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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