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Insulation Installer Jobs

An insulation installation is the most important part of commercial or residential energy efficiency. A poor insulation job can cost thousands in energy bills that could be avoided if the proper amount of insulation is installed to provide an airtight seal enveloping the building.

The career outlook for an insulation installer is excellent. They make on average $14-$23 dollars and hour.

An insulation installer often is one of the first people involved in new construction once, the frame has been completed. Before drywall and finish work can be completed, the entire frame of the building must undergo insulation installation to ensure the new structure is energy efficient.

Many of the building codes have minimums that must be met to meet building codes and energy codes. Sometimes, insulation can be a tax credit when it meets minimum guidelines. The insulation comes in varying factors that rate energy efficiency and many of the newer insulation installations involve recycled or natural products for a "green" insulation job.

Of course, insulation installation was one of the first "green" jobs, since the energy crisis of the 70's and it has just become more important as energy has become more expensive.

The type of person that is good at this type of job would have good building science knowledge, and there are certifications available such as LEED, which is nationally recognized in "green" building practices. Some states require LEED certifications for government building jobs, and commercial buildings that meet the LEED designation enjoy special business referrals and promotion.

An understanding of insulation installation principles dictate that new building insulation installations pass blower door tests that make a house airtight for the best energy conservation. A knowledgeable insulation installer will have the knowledge of all the gaps, cracks and possible culprits that can make a house drafty.

While residential air sealing technicians work closely with insulation installers during new home construction, many insulation installers are training their own people to become proficient in this ever-growing energy conservation step.

Most insulation installations resist heat flow, in or out of the building, offer sound control, and moisture control. Insulation should be considered an investment and it is worthwhile to get the best R value of insulation you can afford.

The Insulation Contractors Association of America provides certified insulation contractors business because builders and consumers want somebody that is knowledgeable when it comes to new home construction, especially.

This is one of the original "green" occupations that have become a higher specialty as energy codes and building codes have enlisted stricter guidelines, and the insulation has to pass certain tests before the construction project can proceed to completion. This is a growing field in recent years, due to the rising cost of energy, and the push towards "green" buildings that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Insulation Installer Resources

*The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements
*Insulating, Sealing & Ventilating Your House
*Insulate and Weatherize: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Build Like A Pro)
*Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance (Third Edition)

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