OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the Blow in Blanket Contractors Association (BIBCA) are working together to make density kits readily available for raters to test loose-fill wall insulation installations.

RESNET officials believe density testing is the best way to verify if a job has been done correctly.

“With the constantly growing interest in conserving energy, making density kits more available to the HERS [Home Energy Rating System] community makes a lot of sense,” said Kristin Bennett, executive director, BIBCA. “Energy raters are often the ones making sure the whole house will perform as planned when a light density wall just won’t work like it’s supposed to. We’ve partnered with RESNET because we know the value of teaming up raters with qualified installers. We want density checks, but we also want good relationships between raters and BIBS [Blow in Blanket Insulation System] installers.”

Raters should note that they will need to know both the material being used and the desired R-value, as there is some flexibility in installation options.

Publication date: 4/29/2013

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