- Johns Manville Announces Its Support for the Insulation Institute
November 25, 2013
Johns Manville (JM), a leading building products manufacturer, announced its support of the Insulation Institute(TM), a new initiative from the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) aimed at educating the building construction community on the benefits of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation.
- Canadian Manufacturers Recycle More than 2 Billion Pounds of Glass in 2012
September 5, 2013
The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has released the results of a survey of its members’ use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in insulation products in 2012. The survey includes data from both U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities.
- Spray Foam Insulation’s Main Problem and the Cure
August 28, 2013
With the launch of a new website called Insulation Institute the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), not only aims to educate the industry on the key benefits of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation, but it also appears to be taking aim at spray foam insulation.
- Insulation Institute Created by Trade Association as Comprehensive Resource
August 27, 2013
Website will provide current information about fiberglass and mineral wool insulation products.
- Insulation Institute is Launched to Educate about Fiberglass and Mineral Wool Insulation
August 27, 2013
Builders, code officials, insulation contractors, architects and building scientists now have a new resource to rely on for insulation knowledge. The Insulation Institute is a central gathering place for all building products professionals and users.
- Biglerville Borough house destroyed by fire
December 9, 2015
A rental property in the 100 block of South Main Street in Biglerville Borough was destroyed by a fire Friday morning. Biglerville Hose and Truck Company No.1 Deputy Fire Chief Tom Leedy said a resident originally reported the fire around 10:20 p.m. Thursday, but the fire reignited Friday morning. Leedy said the home’s cellulose insulation likely contributed to the fire restarting.
- BACK OF THE ENVELOPE THINKING Excuse me, Mr. and Mrs. Home Buyer: Would you Like Our 5-year home, or one that will last 100 years?
October 29, 2015
There are so many myths about what home buyers won’t pay for. And I’ll submit that too many of these myths are based on ineffective sales practices personally observed over the past 25 years working with the housing industry. If you can’t sell it, surely that must mean they won’t buy it rather than a failure to convey its value. In the absence of sales skills, the housing industry is too often afraid to innovate its product. Not surprisingly, sales is the single biggest need for improvement cited by builder executives at Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry workshops.
- Spontaneous combustion of insulation blamed in Stella’s fire
October 13, 2015
Fire investigators say a blaze above Stella’s on Sherbrook Street Thursday night was caused by spontaneous combustion of spray foam insulation being installed in the attic.
- 6 Ways an Energy Audit Can Help Sell Your Home for More
September 24, 2015
A home energy audit might not be at the top of your to-do list, but if you’re getting ready to sell your home, here’s why you should make it a priority.
- Cut heating costs by winterizing your home
September 21, 2015
Autumn is officially here on Sept. 23, and with it comes the dread of higher heating bills. Whether you rent or own your home, there are several easy and inexpensive ways to cut down on winter heating costs.
- Which Retrofit to Choose? Windows, Insulation, or New HVAC
August 26, 2015
Not sure which energy efficient retrofit to choose among windows, insulation or new mechanical systems? Insulation wins. Find out why.
- Allstate alleges faulty insulation installation caused house fire
July 29, 2015
Allstate Insurance, acting on behalf of two homeowners, claims faulty insulation installation in the couple’s fireplace caused their home to catch fire.
- Experts Explain Why Insulation is the ‘Unsung Hero’ of the Home
July 8, 2015
Did you know that insulation can save you up to 30% on your utility bills, reduce your carbon footprint and last the life span of your home? We may have found two people who are as passionate about insulation as we are: Scott Miller and JR Babineau. Both Miller and Babineau are authorities in weatherization know-how and sing praises of the often-overlooked blanket around your home. The two resident experts at the Insulation Institute sat down with Good Energy to explain why a well-insulated home is something you can gain a huge amount of value from.
- Home, Landscape Tour Features Energy Efficient Building, Craftsmanship
June 15, 2015
In a green-minded town like Bellingham, it’s not uncommon to hear folks talking about saving energy, recycling, reducing their carbon footprint and efficiency.
- Energy Efficiency and Your Realtor®: A Real Estate Agent Perspective
May 15, 2015
Unlike other “fuels,” energy efficiency does not have a furnace that burns, or even a utility meter and breaker panel box. Energy efficiency is invisible for most people; in fact, it is only present in its absence – like when your utility bills drop. For that reason it has been hard for the average residential real estate agent to effectively communicate energy efficiency benefits to clients. But that’s changing.
- Energy Solutions: Batt at it
April 7, 2015
There are various types of insulation available, but the one that many people regularly choose is fiberglass. Fiberglass batts are inexpensive, easy to use, and provide the same R-value as other insulation types. However, proper installation is imperative.
- New Homes Increasingly Offer Efficiency, Sustainable Features
March 31, 2015
During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showing how new homes increasingly offer the energy-efficient features home buyers seek. Surveys indicate that efficiency is among the most-wanted features of home buyers and that builders are responding to this demand.
- Green Homes, Energy Efficiency and Schrödinger’s Cat
March 26, 2015
Melissa Baldridge, of GreenSpot Global, explains the paradoxes that trip up green home appraisers.
- Let’s Get Real: The Energy Efficiency Industry Can Do Better
March 3, 2015
Matt Golden argues in favor of a new path forward for efficiency based on markets.
- Sustainability Specialists Find New Ways To Eliminate Fossil Fuels From Green Building
February 5, 2015
The Vermont based building company, New Frameworks Natural Building, has created a foam-free farmhouse retrofit using rock wool insulation rather than spray foam.
- World Fiberglass Insulation Market to See Positive Growth Through 2019
February 3, 2015
In-demand market research report “Global Fiberglass Insulation Market 2014-2019: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis” drawn up by Lucintel has been recently published at MarketPublishers.com. According to the in-demand report, the worldwide fiberglass insulation market is preicted to grow in the years to come.
- How to Do Your Own Home Energy Audit and Save Money Each Month
January 29, 2015
Wasting energy in your home is like throwing away money. You can spend thousands on heaters, air-conditioning and new windows, but poor insulation and outdated appliances can sap any savings and make for an uncomfortable home. Here’s how to perform your own energy audit and save a bit of money.
- Insulation, leak detection keys to winter energy efficiency
January 23, 2015
A poorly insulated or leaky home makes it difficult to keep your home warm during the winter months. However, this problem can be identified and solved with good insulation and proper sealing.
- Best Way to Keep Your Home Safe and Warm is Air Sealing
January 19, 2015
You wouldn’t leave a window open on a cold night during winter with the furnace going full tilt – or on a warm day in summer while running the AC. But that’s exactly what you’re doing if you haven’t air sealed your home.
- The Pitfalls of Spray Foam Insulation
January 14, 2015
There is a variety of insulation to choose from when insulating a home, but which one is the best? It is important to understand the structure of the home, the energy efficiency of a product, and the cost when selecting a product for an insulation job. Blown-in installation is the way to go and far exceeds the convenience, the potential missteps and shortcuts of spray foam insulation.
- Green Building Materials Market to Reach $235bn by 2019
January 13, 2015
The green building materials market, valued $106.32 billion in 2012, is expected to reach $234.77 billion by 2019 at a CAGR of 12.5 percent during the 2013-2019 forecast period, according to a Transparency Market Research report.
- The Best Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Your Money
January 9, 2015
Many homeowners want to make energy efficient upgrades to their home, but are unsure of where to start. The best energy efficient upgrades start with improving the building envelope. Learn what to prioritize when making these upgrades.
- Winter Roars Back, Here Are Tips for Keeping Warm
January 6, 2015
Winter is reasserting itself by sending a blast of snow and low temperatures to Northeast Ohio this week.
- Tips to Winterize Your Home
December 23, 2014
Eggnog? Check. Festive holiday music? Check. Presents for loved ones? Check. The winter season is (snow) packed full of exciting activities and events, but many times, Midwesterners forget about the basics of survival during this relentlessly cold time of year.
- An extra blanket of insulation
December 17, 2014
Read part two of the Ultimate Heat Efficient Home Guide to learn how to make your home more energy efficient.This section focuses on filling holes and cracks around your home to save heat and money. Learn do-it-yourself tasks that can help you prevent heat loss through these holes and cracks.
- 6 energy-saving projects for your home
December 11, 2014
Many homeowners are unaware of the simple and inexpensive improvements that they can do to save energy and lower their energy bills. To make your home more energy efficient start with the basics. Cool and warm air are easily lost through the roof, walls, and windows, but this can be easily prevented by properly sealing air leaks and installing sufficient insulation. Follow these six simple steps to make your home more energy efficient.
- Students learn basics of home energy efficiency
December 8, 2014
In Holland, MI a local insulation and energy audit contractor has developed a city-wide Energy Saving Plan that will save money, cut down on energy use, and educate the community. As a means to educate the community, representatives from the business demonstrated a home energy evaluation for a high school environmental science class. It is the business’s goal to make more community members aware of how to save energy and money.
- New Study Reveals What Buyers Want in an Energy Efficient Home
November 26, 2014
Have you ever been at a dinner party and the person next to you starts telling you what they do for a living, and before you know it you have no idea what they’re actually talking about, but you just keep nodding politely, smiling and saying, “u-huh” in all the appropriate places?
- Tips for Winterizing Your Home
November 23, 2014
Winterizing is one of those home improvement projects a lot of people dread. It’s not like painting the dining room, where you’ll be rewarded with a fresh new look for your next dinner party, or planting a garden, where the spring and summer blooms make all the hard work worthwhile.
- How to Winterize Your Home
November 10, 2014
Now is a good time to winterize your home. Work outside first, because changes in the weather can force you indoors at any time.
- Improving Home Insulation for Savings and Comfort
October 30, 2014
Fall season also means clean up and close up season.
- A Young Person’s Guide to Energy Conservation
October 20, 2014
Energy has long lost the attention of the media, so we no longer think about ways we use energy and its effect on national policy or our pocketbooks.
- Top 10 Smartest Home Upgrades
October 15, 2014
It may sound like a cliché colliding with bad dating advice, but when it comes to your home’s appeal—and market value—looks do matter, as do first impressions.
- Use of Spray Foam Insulation Drops
October 9, 2014
Builders may be backing away from spray foam insulation. Between 2008 and 2012, spray foam’s market share grew from 3% in new home construction to 11%, a nearly four-fold increase.
- Want to Reduce the Climate Change Impact of Your House?
October 3, 2014
Climate change seems so… global. Yet many climate change solutions are very… local, because they’re based on the way each and every one of us uses energy.
- Green Materials Report: Fiberglass Insulation
September 16, 2014
Fiberglass insulation is a man-made fiber material made from recycled glass and sand, and is one of the “green materials” that helps to reduce the amount of energy that goes into keeping a building warm or cool.
- Survey Says: Home Insulation Trend Reversal?
September 10, 2014
Twenty years ago, 90 percent of cavity insulation installed in new homes was fiberglass batt or loose fill, with the balance largely shared between cellulose in ceilings and above-grade walls and foam board for foundations.
- Survey Says: Home Insulation Trend Reversal?
September 8, 2014
Twenty years ago, 90 percent of cavity insulation installed in new homes was fiberglass batt or loose fill, with the balance largely shared between cellulose in ceilings and above-grade walls and foam board for foundations.
- Heat Loss: Portland Housing Stock’s Insulation Issues
September 5, 2014
When I first bought my place, I was 27 and knew everything. I was confident I and my brother, a budding contractor, could turn the run down bungalow we’d just bought into a stylish, welcoming home.
- Green on the Upswing as Eco-Friendly Homebuilding Goes Mainstream
September 4, 2014
At first, Baldwin Homes didn’t build green. Then, it dipped its corporate toe in — one home here, another there.
- Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Efficient Building Insulation
August 14, 2014
One key building material that greatly impacts the efficiency of a building is insulation. Up to 45% of a building’s heat can be lost through the roof.
- Why Energy Efficiency is About to Come Roaring Back
August 12, 2014
We write a lot of stories these days about the remarkable growth of solar and wind power and how they are truly transforming the energy landscape.
- Home Energy Savings Plan Helped by Monterey County
August 12, 2014
A new financing program beginning this month and available to Monterey County homeowners will provide the up-front cash to install any number of energy-saving technologies in their homes without dealing with consumer credit.
- Building Energy Efficiency: The Invisible Clean Energy Strategy
July 29, 2014
Most energy experts agree that energy efficiency in the built environment is the low hanging fruit for reducing the production of deadly greenhouse gases.
- Insulation’s Role in Controlling Noise
July 24, 2014
Acoustical management is a challenge for both design professionals and building occupants. A certain level of background sound within a building is expected, and generally contributes to a pleasant ambient environment. Unwanted noise can cause occupants to feel irritable, distracted, anxious, hostile, or annoyed.
- Parade of Homes Features Great Ways to Save Customers on Energy Costs
July 22, 2014
Throughout the 5,600 square-foot Bob Webb home, rich built-ins and lush décor are at every turn. But what Parade goers are not seeing is just how environmentally conscious this home really is.
- Energy Efficient Upgrades That Will Pay You Back
July 14, 2014
When it comes to owning a home, there is no end to the number of investments you can make.
- Southeast Energy Efficiency Boosts Job Market
July 2, 2014
Every million dollars invested in the Southeast’s energy efficiency sector from 2010 to 2013 resulted in the creation of just over 17 jobs — the highest figure for any sector analyzed within the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (SEEA) Pro3 reports.
- Ultra Energy-Efficient Homes: Are They Worth the Upfront Costs?
June 20, 2014
When building a new home, design and material selection greatly impact the operating costs for decades. Investing in triple-pane windows and doors, generous insulation, and air sealing can greatly reduce your heating and cooling costs, while also boosting comfort.
- How Tightening Your Home Can Save You Money
June 11, 2014
That precious, cooled air that leaks out of your home every summer is money leaking out of your checkbook.
- Halting Home Air Leaks Can Cut Electricity Costs
June 2, 2014
NEW YORK — That precious cooled air that leaks out of your home every summer is money leaking out of your checkbook.
- Adding Insulation to Attics and Basements
May 5, 2014
I recently had a free energy audit performed courtesy of NYSERDA. From the information the audit provided.
- Prepare Your Home for Summer with a Home Energy Audit
April 28, 2014
Spring is a great time to have a whole-house energy audit done.
- Energy Efficiency though Insulation Key to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 21, 2014
This winter, which saw many states break decades-long records for cold temperatures, reminded many homeowners of the costs of under insulated homes high energy bills.
- Stay Away from Foil-Faced Bubble Wrap
April 1, 2014
Most brands of foil-faced bubble wrap are only 3/8 inch thick or less, and have an R-value of only 1.0 or 1.1. Since the product often costs more per square foot than 1-inch thick rigid foam rated at R-5, why would anyone use bubble wrap as insulation?
- Save Money with Community Energy Challenge
March 28, 2014
- Energy Adviser: Picking the Right Energy Analysis
March 20, 2014
Baffled by energy use in your home? Try a home energy review or, what’s referred to in the utility industry as an energy audit.
- Infographic Reveals Huge Cost Savings Realized by Homeowners After Installing Attic Insulation
March 19, 2014
It is often the small things that make a big difference.
- The Devil is In the Details When Insulating the Attic
March 11, 2014
This time of the year, I get a lot of calls from homeowners who are flummoxed over issues related to poorly insulated homes, high energy bills and uncomfortable living conditions.
- Keep Your Cool Air When Hot Weather Hits
March 8, 2014
Until about a year ago, Debbie Esquivel’s home was drafty.
- Defining Homes Spring 2014: Somewhere That’s Green
March 7, 2014
With images of melting ice caps and dying polar bears populating headlines and newsfeeds, now more than ever is the time for individuals to think about the effect of their carbon footprint on the world.
- Before the Snow Melts Identify Your Winter Home Repairs
March 5, 2014
The Polar Vortex has sent a shiver across most of the country, and no homeowners feel the tingle of frostbite and frozen pipes more than owners of older homes. Is it too late to tackle these cold weather issues? Not necessarily.
- Thermal-Imagery Program Highlghts Heat Loss in Westport Homes
February 27, 2014
The camera doesn’t lie. So the Green Task Force hopes Westport homeowners will be convinced to make energy-efficiency upgrades after seeing thermal images that show heat — and dollars — literally flying out the doors of their houses.
- Cold Weather Focuses Attention on new Energy Crisis
February 20, 2014
Mention the term “energy crisis” and it immediately conjures up images from the 1970s of long gasoline lines, skyrocketing utility bills and periodic shortages of fuel. That energy crisis was triggered by the end of cheap and plentiful energy at a time of extensive regulation.
- Cold Weather, High Bills and the Need for Energy Efficiency
February 18, 2014
In a brutal winter, high energy bills can feel like a slap in the face. One reason energy bills get so high is that homes waste a lot of energy.
- Insulation Helps Maintain Temperatures
February 10, 2014
People wear additional clothing in the winter to keep their bodies warm. We insulate ourselves to slow down the transfer of our body heat to the atmosphere. Building insulation does the same thing for our homes.
- Save Energy and Money This Winter with These 7 Home Improvement Tips
January 27, 2014
Energy savings is certainly on a lot of people’s minds as winter 2014 has kicked off in fearsome fashion across the United States. Yet savings know no season, and are sometimes affected by a timeline of when energy investments will have paid for themselves.
- Energy Savings: Home Check Provides Incentives
January 16, 2014
You may have noticed a higher utility bill this month after several bitterly cold days in December and January. You can take a few steps to cut costs on your energy bill.
- Energy Audit Can Cut Chills, Bills
January 12, 2014
Bitter cold January temperatures have homeowners cranking up thermostats — and sweating the higher heating bills that are on the way.
- A Street-Side Energy Audit
January 10, 2014
When my wife and I bought our current house, one of the home’s appeals was that it was largely uninsulated. Given the choice between somewhat insulated and uninsulated, give me the blank slate every time.
- Stay Warm and Still Save on Heating Bills with These Low Tech Tips
January 7, 2014
The cold snap has sent Northeast Ohio residents scrambling to pile extra blankets on the sofa and plug in space heaters. We need to stay warm, but we don’t want a huge heating bill to be our souvenir of the Polar Vortex of 2014.
- Last Minute Weatherization Could Thwart Deep Freeze
January 6, 2014
This week could bring the coldest air Louisville has felt in the past 15 to 20 years with wind chill values of 20 to 30 degrees below zero, and people may feel the deep freeze even indoors.
- Green Building Technologies Set to Grow in 2014
January 3, 2014
Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.
- Efficient Light Bulbs, Insulation Drive Energy Use to 2001 Levels
January 2, 2014
The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people’s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.
- Energy Efficiency Not Only a Good Business, But a Growing Business
December 24, 2013
A positive energy efficiency business story is nothing new, but a growing number of voices are coming together in Michigan to ensure that the message of job creation from energy efficiency is heard.
- Home Winterizing Checklist
December 12, 2013
Winter is moving into the area, and there’s nothing to be done about the onslaught. But you do have some say about how just much of it bullies its way into your home. In the first part of our checklist for winter, we offered troubleshooting for windows and trim – major problem spots for cold air and water intrusion.
- Insulate an Attic with Fiberglass
December 11, 2013
Energy experts agree that you’ll lower your energy bills if you insulate your attic with at least 12 inches of insulation, which is considered the minimum amount to meet today’s standards. And it’s easy to do: Just lay down batts of poly-wrapped insulation directly over what’s already up there. It’s not exactly fun to do, but it’s one of the best ways you can button up your house to make it tighter and more energy efficient.
- The Value of a Well Insulated House
December 9, 2013
The better insulated and air tight your home is the more comfort you get from each unit of heat. In fact homes can even be so well insulated and air tight that they only need the sun, bodies, appliances and some heat recovery to stay comfortable.
- Residential Insulation Demand to Rise 7.6 % Annually Through 2017
December 4, 2013
US demand for insulation is projected to advance 7.6 percent annually to $10.3 billion in 2017. Growth will be driven by an increase in building construction spending from a low 2012 base. Gains will also be boosted by changes in building codes and construction practices that call for structures to use energy more efficiently.
- Spray Foam Insulation is Not a Cure All
December 4, 2013
Spray foam insulation is a great product. Homes insulated with it can be some of the most efficient and comfortable homes built. I’ve been in plenty of homes insulated with spray foam and can tell you that, when done well, those homes are airtight and comfortable. I’ve also seen homes where the spray foam was a waste of money.
- Independent Reviews Discredit Colorado Study
November 14, 2013
Independent reviews of a 1990 study from the University of Colorado at Denver (“Colorado Study”) have found the study flawed in its conclusions of superior performance for cellulose insulation.
- 7 Tips to Lower Home Energy Bills This Winter
November 18, 2013
Most heat sources are expected to cost more this winter compared to last season.
- New Study Shows Air Sealing is Essential for All Insulation Types
November 6, 2013
Alexandria, VA—Building Science Corporation (BSC) has released a report detailing the results of a multi-year insulation research project. Check out the Press Room for the press release.
- Alaska Builders Should Think Like Buffett on Energy Efficiency
October 23, 2013.
American billionaire Warren Buffett earned his wealth by focusing on the long-term value of his investments rather than the short-term pricing of stocks. There is an easy way Alaskans can make the same smart, long-term investments that made Mr. Buffett successful: energy efficiency.
- The House of the Future is Passive
September 27, 2013
If you care about carbon emissions, forget about energy-efficient light bulbs or taking the train — think building envelopes. This arcane term refers simply to how well insulated a structure is from the outside world. Buildings last a long time and heating and cooling them consumes an enormous amount of energy — more than all forms of transportation combined. In terms of bang-for-buck, there are few things that reduce needless energy use more than making sure we construct buildings that are not full of holes.
- Three Lower Mainland Projects Win National Green Building Awards
August 14, 2013
The 13-storey residential Belmont Building won the first-ever Technical Achievement award. It was constructed in 1986 in West Vancouver and was recently upgraded with a new envelope system, where the siding is attached with a new fiberglass Cascadia Clip that improves insulation performance. Energy savings of up to 90 per cent for in-suite heating energy were achieved.
- Global Insulation Market is Expected to Reach USD 56.6 Billion in 2018
August 7, 2013
The demand for insulation is expected to be driven by the growth of construction industry in developing countries of Asia Pacific and the growth of re-insulation market in the developed economies of the U.S. and Europe.
Regulatory, Code and Standard News
- Spray Foam Re-occupancy and Re-entry Times: What Has Changed and What Hasn’t
August 19, 2015
Over the past few months, Icynene has announced that it is offering new spray foam products with reduced re-occupancy and re-entry times for trades and homeowners. There is already uncertainty as to the “right” amount of time that is needed and these announcements about reductions only add to that uncertainty. It is important to understand how these new recommendations came about and what they mean. Two things have apparently changed: first, there are “protocols and procedures”, created by the American Chemistry Council –Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (ACC-CPI) that govern recommendations on re-entry/re-occupancy offered by manufacturers. Second, products with certain properties, applied under certain ventilation conditions, can use these protocols and procedures to claim less time is needed for re-occupancy/re-entry. The ventilation conditions are especially important to understand. The reduced time is.
- Regulatory Watch
August 10, 2015
EPA Targets Reflective Insulation for Removal from “Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR” Program In April 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a letter to Reflective Insulation Manufacturers informing them that EPA is considering removing reflective insulation from the “Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR” Program and adding them to the list of Excluded Products. This was based on EPA’s concerns that to date, no reflective insulation manufacturers had met the certification requirements for the “Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR” Program for any of their products. In addition, EPA stated that reflective manufacturers have had a difficult time showing how reflective insulation products can meet building codes as a stand-alone product or integrated into a whole wall, ceiling, roof deck, or floor system insulation strategy. Lastly, EPA noted that manufacturers claim their products.
- Code to joy: Energy expert touts benefits of building green
July 16, 2015
Builders who construct homes that comply with the 2012 or 2015 International Energy Conservation Codes can boost the efficiency of those structures by 38%. Commercial contractors can boost the energy efficiency of their new buildings by 29%. Yet few build to that level of efficiency unless their local building officials have adopted the latest codes and enforce them as mandatory.
- OSHA Issues Final Rule on Confined Spaces
May 1, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued its Final Rule on confined spaces – 29 C.F.R. Part 1926 Subpart AA. “Confined spaces” include any space large enough for a worker to enter it. The scope of the regulation, therefore, includes crawl spaces and attics. OSHA has issued a fact sheet specifically on crawl spaces and attics. In that fact sheet, OSHA specifically cautions about installation of spray foam insulation: “Crawl spaces and attics can be both confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces under the new standard. For instance, working in an attic and applying a large amount of spray foam (or another chemical) in a short period of time can expose a worker to low oxygen levels or a hazardous atmosphere.” The fact sheet also notes that inadequate attic ventilation resulted in a.
- Another View: Foam insulation doesn’t get a free pass from safety law
April 16, 2015
Under California’s landmark Green Chemistry law, the Department of Toxic Substances Control is requiring companies to take a preventive approach to chemicals that pose risks to public health. DTSC is working with other state agencies to ensure that the foam insulation in people’s homes is both energy efficient and safe to install.
- California’s Strict Energy Code Could Spread to Other States
March 2, 2015
New Title 24 standards will save energy and water and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
- EPA Urges Homeowners to Cut Greehouse Gas Emissions
December 10, 2014
As fall turns quickly into winter, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homeowners reduce their greenhouse emissions this year. The EPA has created an online tool for homeowners to evaluate their energy use. The goal of the Energy Star Home Advisor tool is to help homeowners increase energy efficiency and save money.
- Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Vermont State House
December 9, 2014
Statehouse’s $21,000 upgrade is being paid through the state’s Resource Management Revolving Fund.
- Entergy to Launch Program to Improve Energy Efficiency, Save Money
October 7, 2014
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Entergy Mississippi customers will soon benefit from a program that will improve energy efficiency and will also help save money on bills.
- Code Would Make New Homes More Energy Efficient
September 4, 2014
Michigan’s Residential Code Review Committee has recommended adoption of a new residential construction code that would make newly-constructed homes in Michigan more energy efficient, saving homeowners money on their utility bills and helping the state reach its energy efficiency goals.
- Grid Reversal
August 28, 2014
It may be every homeowner’s new American dream: no utility bill. Or better yet, getting a check from the utility.
- Walters Homes Receives Energy Star Certified Market Leader Award
August 22, 2014
Walters Homes recently announced that it has received a 2014 Energy Star Certified Homes Market Leader Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California’s Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program
August 21, 2014
The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households.
- Loans Available for Energy Improvements
July 2, 2014
The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday that it is making $7.5 million in low-interest loans available to public schools, public/private colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state.
- Major Push for Energy Efficiency in KC Area to Be Unveiled
June 27, 2014
A major push to increase energy efficiency of commercial and government-related institutional buildings in the Kansas City area is expected to be unveiled today.
- More than 90 Percent of Residential PACE Installs Are Made Through Hero
June 18, 2014
The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is spreading across the United States. Maine offers single PACE loans for up to $15,000, and New Hampshire is preparing to lift its cap to $1 million.
- EPA’s Clean Power Rule Could Work in Colorado’s Favor Advocates Say
June 5, 2014
Coal companies operating in Colorado and fossil-fuel funded PR machines may deride the EPA’s proposed new emission-cutting rule as part of a job-killing war on coal, but the reality is far different.
- Energy Advisor: New Homes Built to New Codes that Conserve Energy
May 28, 2014
To homebuilders, codes can seem a hassle. To new homebuyers, they’re a complexity. “Building codes for new homes exist only to make them safe, healthy and energy efficient,” said Mike Selig, program manager of weatherization and building safety for Clark County.
- Code Officials: “Building a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow is the Theme for the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month Week
May 27, 2014
Since 1980, Building Safety Month has been an annual public safety awareness campaign hosted by the International Code Council (ICC).
- PUC Should Stick to Goals on Energy Efficiency in Colorado
May 19, 2014
Seven years ago, as a Colorado state representative, I introduced legislation directing the Public Utilities Commission to establish electric energy savings goals for our investor-owned utilities, Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy.
- Home Upgrades Still Available in Canadaigua
May 18, 2014
Homeowners in the city of Canandaigua have access to $114,000 for home upgrades through a new city-funded program, yet only one person has applied to receive a share of the funds.
- Eastport Residents Offered Home-Heat Audits at Low Cost
May 14, 2014
Affordable heat: It’s a pressing concern in Washington County, where a high percentage of homes are older and an aging population lives with stressed budgets.
- Passive House in Elk Features Energy Efficient Construction
May 8, 2014
Quiet permeates the interior of Pat and Robin Rickey’s new passive house in Elk, built 200 feet from Highway 2.
- Homeowners to Benefit from Groundbreaking Home Energy Loan Financing Program
April 10, 2014
1. Homeowners across the United States will benefit from an innovative public-private partnership announced today to make it easier to find lower-cost loans for home energy efficiency improvements.
- High Utility Bills Statewide Concern
April 4, 2014
The phones are ringing off the hook at Harvey County Salvation Army — filled with people looking for help with utility bills.
- California Action of Spray Foam Insulation
April 4, 2014
Wet or “uncured” spray polyurethane foam (SPF) materials containing diisocyanates have been proposed as an Initial Priority Product.
- Bill Would Unlock PACE Financing
March 31, 2014
Proposals to make financing clean energy production at individual homes and buildings first showed up in 2001 in San Francisco as a voter-approved solar bond program, and in 2005 in the Monterey Bay Regional Energy Plan.
- Bi-Partisan Bill Would Reward Energy Efficiency in Home Loans
March 24, 2014
You’ve found your dream home, crunched the numbers and decided you can swing the monthly payments.
- Bitter Charlotte Winter Has Heating Bills Skyrocketing
March 6, 2014
Winter isn’t over yet, but Duke Energy said it has already broken all-time records for winter energy use. That has caused the number of people who can’t afford to pay their heating bills to skyrocket.
- The Buzz in Energy Efficiency: Passive House Debuts in Austin
February 21, 2014
A new home in ultra-green Austin is the latest buzz in energy efficiency. It’s known as a “passive house” and it’s the first of its kind here.
- Innovative Financing Spurs Energy Efficiency in Rural Communities
January 20, 2014
Those of us from rural areas know the special beauty of natural landscapes — and we know the challenges of living in sparsely populated regions.
- Insulation and Housewrap
January 13, 2014
Updated codes are putting new emphasis on the importance of insulation and housewraps, leading builders and remodelers to consider their strategy for these behind-the-wall products.
- Denver Builder Embraces “Challenge Home” Standard
December 16, 2013
A production builder working in Denver’s sprawling Stapleton development is buying into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge Home standard in a big way.
- Valley Builders Plan for New State Energy-Efficiency Codes Next Year
December 13, 2013
California is raising the bar next year on energy efficiency in new homes and commercial buildings. Developers will have to ensure roofs can support solar panels, install windows that let in sunlight while reducing heat gain, and add whole-house fans under the more stringent building codes.
- Cash-Back Bonuses Available for Home Insulation
October 8, 2013
As cooler weather settles in across the region, Energy Trust of Oregon is offering bonus incentives for homeowners who make insulation upgrades before the end of the year.
- EPA Seeks Alternative to Flame Retardant for Polystyrene Building Insulation
September 27, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft rule looking for safer alternatives to the flame retardant chemical hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in polystyrene building insulation. The report was developed with input from stakeholders from business, government, academia and environmental organizations, EPA said. The report said there are only two viable flame retardant alternatives to HBCD for use in expanded and extruded PS foam insulation under current manufacturing processes. EPA is looking at alternatives to HBCD because the chemical has “persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic characteristics,” the agency said. EPA points to one particular alternative, a butadiene styrene brominated copolymer, that is anticipated to be safer than HBCD and is currently in commercial production in the United States.
- Bill Requiring Building Insulation Review Headed to California Governor’s Desk
September 13, 2013
A bill forcing state officials to review flammability standards for foam insulation materials passed the California Legislature and is expected to be signed by the state’s governor.