ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new video released today, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) tells consumers that fiber glass and mineral wool insulation play a key role in achieving greater energy efficiency by lowering building energy requirements. "Buildings account for 40 percent of energy use worldwide," NAIMA President and CEO Curt Rich said. "Reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are global priorities and among the easiest, most impactful ways to do that is ensuring that homes and other buildings are energy efficient. Properly insulating and air sealing buildings is critical to optimizing energy efficiency and reducing costs to home owners and business owners alike."
Studies conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health estimate that approximately 46 million U.S. homes are under insulated. Adding insulation to homes is a relatively simple, low-cost home improvement that offers benefits that are friendly to the pocketbook and the planet. Additional insulation can reduce utility costs and overall energy use when compared with an uninsulated building.
In addition to the environmental benefits, there are many other advantages, including insulation's contribution to improving public health. The Harvard University School of Public Health study found that adequate levels of insulation improved public health by limiting the effects of outdoor pollutants on the population. In addition, properly insulated buildings offer better acoustical control.
Some homeowners may also take advantage of financial incentives and tax credits offered by a number of jurisdictions and entities throughout the United States to make homes more energy-efficient by doing such things as adding insulation.
"Earth Day is a great opportunity to remind consumers and building owners that a well-insulated building provides environmental and economic benefits," said Scott Miller, chairman of NAIMA's Sustainability Subcommittee. "Insulation is a simple solution to a weighty global challenge -- reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions -- but it clearly offers a myriad of benefits."
NAIMA is the association for North American manufacturers of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products. Its role is to promote energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation, and to encourage the safe production and use of these materials.
Video - http://youtu.be/hRE4LhRBTL8