ICF Study Measures Benefits of Improving Building Envelope Insulation

Source: NASEO

A new study authored by ICF International and commissioned by a coalition of trade associations, including the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), measured the lifetime economic benefits, energy savings, and emissions reductions of improving building envelope insulation. The study assessed the impacts of insulation improvements on existing residential, commercial, and industrial facility buildings and found that:

  • Single-family homes with insulation levels in compliance with the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code could achieve 10 to 45 percent energy savings and reduce 10 billion tons of carbon emissions over a 50-year period nationwide;
  • Insulation upgrades across the commercial sector would reduce 360 million tons of carbon CO2 equivalent emissions over a 30-year period nationwide and generate significant energy savings in commercial buildings like public primary and secondary education facilities; and that
  • Pipe and mechanical insulation improvements in facilities across eight major industrial sectors would yield significant cost savings with average payback of as short as six months following the initial capital investment.

ICF International, a NASEO Affiliate member, is an international consulting firm that offers expertise in the energy and energy efficiency sectors and partners with government and commercial clients. NAIMA, also a NASEO Affiliate member, is the trade association for manufacturers of insulation products in North America and represents the varied stakeholders within the insulation industry. Both member organizations will be attending the upcoming NASEO 2022 Annual Meeting. The full report can be found here, and the press release announcement here.