A “How to Install Batt Insulation” Videos Series

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Below are links to a three part video series showing the proper installation methods of fiberglass and rock wool batt insulation to meet RESNET Grade I requirements.

Helps to answer the question “How do I install batt insulation?

Brian Coble, Director of High Performance Homes for Advanced Energy walks viewers through an ENERGY STAR Home and points out every area of a home that must be insulated to meet RESNET Grade 1 Insulation Installation Requirements. Meeting specific energy efficiency criteria with fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool batt insulation can be easily achieved if the insulation and air sealing package is installed with professionalism and care. Additional energy efficiency measures that need to be performed prior to installing home insulation is also addressed.

A Comparison of Air Duct Systems Energy Savings And Acoustical Performance (AH109)

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Summarizes research findings comparing acoustical and air leakage data in sealed and unsealed metal ducts, insulated and uninsulated ducts and fiberglass duct systems.

Describes findings which show fiberglass ducts to be more energy efficient, quieter and less expensive to install.

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A Guide to Insulated HVAC Systems (AH121)

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Covers the basics of fibrous glass air duct insulation (ductboard / duct board), its role in thermal and acoustical performance, and how it can contribute to indoor air quality.

Discusses fibrous glass ducts, liner and wrap insulation for sheet metal duct systems, and insulated flexible ducts.  Describes features and benefits of each type of system; includes job-site checklists for inspectors and code officials.

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A Performance Comparison of Today’s Environmental Home Builder & Renovation Projects – Canadian Market (NACA101)

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This piece compares the most common insulation selection criteria for fiberglass insulation, cellulose insulation, mineral wool insulation, cotton insulation and spray foam insulation for the Canadian home building market. Comparison data includes information on thermal performance, fire safety moisture absorptionon, settling, recycled content, product testing and more.

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Air Infiltration Myths and Realities (BI498)

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This series of brief Fact Sheets explores the myths and realities of air infiltration in buildings, providing builders, contractors, inspectors and others with facts about the sources and solutions to air infiltration.

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An Essential Component of Indoor Environmental Quality…Fiberglass HVAC Insulations (AH110)

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Discusses a number of issues facing the building owner and facility managers including facts about insulation and indoor environmental quality, HVAC system maintenance, mold growth and the use of biocides and encapsulants, fiber erosion, and an update on health and safety research.

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Facts #25: Glass Fiber Air Transmission Systems – The Benefits and Recommended Use of Fibrous Glass Duct Liner (AH106)

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Addresses the performance characteristics, installation recommendations and locations where fibrous glass duct liner should not be used.

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Facts #35: An Insulation Comparison (BI475)

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Compares key performance characteristics of fiberglass and cellulose insulation including R-value per inch, moisture absorption, resistance to corrosion, weight, fire resistance, settling and product testing.

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Facts #35: An Insulation Comparison (BI475FR) – French

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French Language Version of Facts 35: Compares key performance characteristics of fiberglass and cellulose insulation including R-value per inch, moisture absorption, resistance to corrosion, weight, fire resistance, settling and product testing.

Comparaison entre les isolants à fibre de verre et les isolants cellulosiques.

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Facts #45: Fiberglass and Slag Wool Insulations – Materials for a Sustainable Planet (N012)

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Provides information on the amount of recycled material used annually in the manufacturing of fiberglass and slag wool insulation materials.

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Facts #51 – Insulation Upgrade Program Reduces Fuel Costs and Increases Process Efficiency at Georgia-Pacific Plant (CI211)

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Case study that details specific energy savings in terms of Btu, environmental (CO2) savings and money saved by Georgia Pacific’s decision to insulate steam lines at their plywood plant in Madison, Georgia.

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Facts #61: Facts About the Performance of Reflective Bubble Pack Insulations in Duct System Applications (AH135)

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This Fact Sheet analyzes and discusses the performance claims of reflective (bubble pack) insulations when used to insulate air duct systems and how the model codes govern these products.

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Facts #64: Fibrous Glass Duct Systems (Ductboard / Duct Board) (AH137)

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Discusses the specific uses, performance characteristics including thermal and acoustical, condensation control, leakage, reinforcement, closure, code compliance and insulation recommendations for fiberglass duct systems. (Ductboard / duct board)

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Facts #65: Fibrous Glass Duct Liner (AH138)

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Discusses the specific uses, performance characteristics, ASTM thermal and acoustical property requirements, and installation recommendations for fibrous glass duct liner.

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Facts #66: Fibrous Glass Duct Wrap (AH139)

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Discusses the specific uses, performance characteristics, fire safety, condensation control and installation recommendations for fibrous glass duct wrap.

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Facts #67: Fibrous Glass Insulation Boards (AH140)

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Discusses the specific uses, performance characteristics, fire safety, condensation control, personnel protection, and installation recommendations for fibrous glass commercial insulation boards.

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Facts #79: DOE Releases New R-Value Recommendations (BI491)

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This is a Fact Sheet with suggestions of where to insulate your home and the DOE R-value recommendation to obtain maximum thermal efficiency and comfort.

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Facts #80: Fiberglass and Rock Wool and Slag Wool Loose-Fill Insulation for Weatherization Assistance Programs (NAIMA043)

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Fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool insulation qualify for use in the Weatherization Assistance Program. While there are several types of insulations typically used for the weatherization market, there are many advantages to loose-fill fiberglass or rock wool and slag wool insulation.

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Facts #85: Facts About Insulation Requirements for Plastic Piping (CI226)

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Discusses the thermal conductivity and heat transfer differences between plastic and metal piping systems and insulation considerations for domestic hot and cold service water systems and for HVAC systems incommercial and industrial buildings.

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Facts #9: Facts About Fiberglass Loose-Fill Insulation (BI456)

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Reviews performance, material, installation, inspection and R-value information with regard to fiberglass loose-fill insulation.

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Fascinating Facts About Fiberglass, Rock Wool & Slag Wool Insulation (N071)

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Fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulations are the most versatile insulating products in the world. Their fibrous composition provides unique insulating properties that make them the insulation products of choice for a wide range of applications. NAIMA’s Fascinating Facts discusses just  how much these insulation products contribute to our environment.

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Fiberglass & Mineral Wool Insulation – Engineered to Outperform (N068)

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Fiberglass and mineral wool insulation are installed in 90% of homes in North America. This fact-filled information piece provides information on the proven performance, installation productivity, versatility, proven manufacturing and  installation safety,  and the lifecycle sustainability of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation for homes. (N068)

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Fiberglass Duct Board Fabrication Instructional Training Series DVD (AH148)

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This 2 1/2 hour DVD demonstrates step by step fabrication of fiberglass duct board.

Excellent supplement to NAIMA‘s Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards Manual

Available as a DVD (click here to order) 

Each of the 22 NAIMA duct board fabrication training segments are also now available to view online in NAIMA’s video library.

Learn from the Pro’s as NAIMA’s FabricationTrainers take you through Tools & Materials, Hand Fabrication, Machine Grooving, Grooving Machine Maintenance, Closure Systems, and Fitting Fabrication.

Information is provided in easy to view and review chapter segments.

2 hours and 30 minutes of total training time.

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Each of the 22 NAIMA duct board fabrication training segments are also now available online via NAIMA’s video library.

Fiberglass HVAC Insulation – Know the Facts (12 Minute Presentation)

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12 minute audio visual presentation on fiberglass insulation products designed for the HVAC system for residential and commercial buildings.

The presentation focuses on:

  • The Benefits of Insulated AirDucts
  • Health & Safety Safety
  • Mold Moisture & Cleanability
  • Performance & Product Testing
  • Codes  & Standards

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Fibrous Glass Duct Board (Ductboard) White Paper (AH142)

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This white paper is intended to increase knowledge of using fibrous glass duct board in commonresidential HVAC applications.

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Fibrous Glass HVAC Duct Systems Proven Performance (AH100)

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Reviews the benefits of and provides information on the broad range of proven performance characteristics of fibrous glass duct systems for both commercial and residential buildings. Includes duct board (ductboard), duct wrap, and duct liner.

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Green and Competitive – The Energy, Environmental, and Economic Benefits of Fiberglass and Mineral Wool Insulation Products (GREEN)

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This study by Energy Conservation Management, Inc., Alliance to Save Energy, and Barakat & Chamberlin, Inc. begins by assessing the amount of energy used in the manufacture of these insulation products, and then determines the energy that is saved through their application in residential and commercial buildings and other end uses.

Also examined is the individual sector with regard to energy use and energy saved annually, as well as the aggregate carbon dioxide emissions avoided through the use of insulation products in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

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Guide to Conducting a Short Form Insulation Audit (CI206)

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Preliminary tool to explain the impact of adding or upgrading thermal insulation.

Kit includes easy-to-follow instructions, sample worksheets and audit forms for conducting an industry insulation audit.

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How to Install Insulation: Video Series from California Energy Commission

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NAIMA has worked with the California Energy Commission to produce the following “How To” videos for insulating ceilings and walls with fiberglass insulation.

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How Your Ductwork Can Save Energy Dollars And Reduce Pollution (AH108)

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Explains the energy saving benefits of fiberglass ducts in homes.

Includes fuel saving tips for heating and air conditioning systems.

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Independent Reviews Discredit Colorado Study (RAC1768)

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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.

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Insulation Facts #32: A Guide To Selecting Fiberglass Insulation Products For New Home Construction And Remodeling (BI473)

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This fact sheet guides the reader in selecting fiberglass insulation products for home construction and remodeling.

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Insulation Facts #6: Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation (BI453)

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Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation – Assists wholesalers, distributors, retail dealers and insulation contractors in their awareness and understanding of the FTC’s rule.

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NAHB Field Study Assesses Alternative Wall Insulation Products (RP043)

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A newly completed field study conducted by the NAHB Research Center sheds new light on the relative cost and performance of various insulation types. Reprint from Energy Design Update.

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NAIMA Industry Fact Sheet

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Industry fact sheet that addresses the economic contributions and policy priorities of the fiberglass and mineral wool industry.

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NAIMA Member Company North American Plant Locations (N000)

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This publication provides a map of all fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool production facilities in North America for NAIMA member companies.

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Noise Control: Sound Advice for Today’s Families (BI476)

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The benefits of insulation when used for acoustic application and design consideration for homeowners concerned with noise in their homes.

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Pictorial Guide on Installing Batt Insulation — Installation Tech Tips

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Homes insulated with fiberglass or rock wool batt insulation can meet the RESNET Grade 1 installation requirements by  fitting and filling all cavities, and carefully insulating all around obstacles such as electrical boxes, recessed lighting, wires and cables, piping, exhaust fans and duct connectors. This pictorial guide shows insulating tips on cutting and fitting insulation batts into places like under stairways, around fireplaces, tubs and showers, and band joists and how to check for compression, gaps, voids or misalignments and more.

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Pictorial Guide on Installing Batt Insulation — The Critical Details

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Insulating homes to the latest energy codes requires care and attention to detail to maximize efficiency and year round comfort.  See how professionals insulate attic hatches, ceilings with and without attics, roof decks, around ventilation baffles and chutes, floors and knee walls with fiberglass and rock wool batt insulation.

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Play It Smart, Play It Safe DVD (N049)

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This worker training tool is a 15-minute DVD designed to provide important information in a fun and entertaining way to contractors and workers who handle fiberglass, rock and slag wool (synthetic vitreous fiber) insulation products.

The DVD features two insulation installers, fresh off the court from their weekly pick-up basketball game. DVD has both English and Spanish languages.

DVD available free of charge from NAIMA.

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Play it Smart, Play it Safe (Spanish) VHS (N029)

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Este video de 15 minutos es un entrenamiento que contiene información importante y divertido para obreros que se ocupan de los productos de aislamiento fibrosos.

El video ofrece dos instaladores de aislamiento que acaban de jugar baloncesto en su jeugo semanal.

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Questions and Answers About Home Insulation (BI409)

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An easy-to-use booklet which provides basic information on insulation and tips to help save on heating and cooling bills.

Excellent guide for homeowners.

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Recommendations for Installing Insulation in Residential and Other Light-Frame Construction (Fiberglass Loose-Fill Insulation) (BI403)

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Includes information on installing insulation including ceiling installation guidelines, sidewall installation guidelines and material specifications.

This booklet was reviewed by the Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA).

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Rock and Slag Wool Insulation: Sustainable Choices for Conserving Energy and Preserving the Environment (N046)

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This brochure provides an overview of the features and benefits of rock and slag wool insulation products, including their rich environmental attributes.

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Small House, Built Right (RP065)

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This is an article about how it is possible to build an energy smart house that is affordable. It is also a case study of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program. Reprint from Fine Homebuilding.

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Sound Solutions for a Quieter Home (RP042)

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Discusses the mechanics of sound, sealing holes, sound blocking doors, reducing noise makers and choosing sound absorbing surfaces. Reprint from Home Magazine.

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Union Electric Field Test Pits Cellulose Against Fiberglass…and the Winner Is… (RP029)

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Discusses field test which demonstrates that the airtightness of a home is dependent on the sealant package, not the type of insulation installed. Reprint from Energy Design Update, Vol. 17, No. 2.

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Unlocking the Full Value of Green Homes: Why Green Multiple Listing Services are a Key to Residential Energy Efficiency

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The National Home Performance Council released this study in partnership with the Association of Energy & Environmental Real Estate Professionals (AEEREP) that encourages states and stakeholders to revise Multiple Listing Services (MLS) to include standardized data on clean energy criteria on “for-sale” homes and properties.

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Using Recycled Material is Just The First Step (Environmental Lifecycle Brochure) (N016)

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Describes an environmental lifecycle assessment of fiberglass and slag wool insulation and discusses the benefits to and impact on the environment during the various product life stages.

Includes information on the pre-manufacturing; manufacturing; packaging and transportation; product performance; use, reuse and maintenance; recycled content, and waste management.

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