90% of Homes Don’t Have Enough Insulation

November 10, 2015

Home owners may struggle to keep warm this winter. About 90 percent of existing homes lack enough insulation, according to newly released research from the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.

Under-insulated homes waste energy, money, and the comfort of home owners, according to NAIMA, which based its estimate on information from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey.

"If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), residential electricity use nationwide would drop by about 5 percent and natural gas use by more than 10 percent," says Jonathan Levy, professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and lead researcher on the Boston University team.

“The fall is when many home owners around the country begin thinking about home improvements to increase comfort and reduce their energy bills as temperatures drop come winter,” says Curt Rich, president and CEO of NAIMA. “Research like this should reinforce our message to homeowners, and to policymakers, that added insulation has real and significant benefits."

Source: “Ninety Percent of U.S. Homes Are Underinsulated,” BUILDER Online (Oct. 5, 2015)