Insulation Institute Blog

Trading Efficiency for Lower Initial Costs

While the federal government is ramping up measures that increase building energy efficiency, home builders in a handful of states, including North Carolina, are pushing back against more stringent building energy efficiency measures. But what is in the best interest of homeowners?

Mar 31, 2023 8:57:46 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

New: Passive House Case Study

NAIMA has just released a new guide, Passive House Construction with Fiberglass and Mineral Wool Insulation. This new publication compares code-built, net zero, and passive house construction in terms of energy optimization, ultimately demonstrating that Passive House construction is the most rigorous in performance. It also presents a case study...

Aug 4, 2022 10:56:24 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Release: The Benefits of Blown-In Fiberglass Insulation

Blown-in fiberglass (or loose fill) insulation is increasingly popular in new residential construction and in renovations, accounting for 19 percent of current insulation market share and growing[1]. More stringent energy codes, the ease of installation, as well as the safety and health profile of the product over other insulation types have all...

Jun 10, 2022 8:36:49 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Energy Star 3.2 Cranks Up Envelope Efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized the requirements for the latest version of its long-running ENERGY STAR Single Family New Home program. The National Version 3.2 puts the thermal envelope requirements of the 2021 International Energy Conservation code front and center. The new version now stipulates mandatory envelope...

May 27, 2022 8:06:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Award-Winning Construction with Fiberglass

Each year since 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards recognize forward-thinking builders who construct homes that are Zero Energy Ready (with net zero achievable with the addition of solar panels). Among the winners of the 2021 Housing Innovation Awards is Milwaukee-area builder Tim O’Brien Homes, which took a top...

Nov 4, 2021 9:29:38 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Trading Off Thermal Resistance is a Very, Very Bad Idea

If you’ve been following our blog for some time now, you know that we write regularly about basic building science. In fact, we completed a primer, Building Science 101 with Building Scientist Allison Bailes a few years back. Dr. Bailes, a Georgia resident, recently wrote the state’s Department of Community Affairs to object to a proposal that...

May 13, 2021 4:23:42 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd