The Future of Home Performance

2018 HPC National Conference Session

'Healthier' Energy-Efficiency Materials: Contractors' Real World Experiences

Wednesday, April 25
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Franklin 13 (4th Floor)
CEUs: BPI, InterNachi, NARI, ASHI

During this session, findings will be presented from a 2017 study, conducted by Three3, Inc., that captured boots-on-the-ground insights related to 'healthier' insulation and air sealing materials used for retrofitting affordable multifamily housing. The purpose of this study was to contribute to the base of knowledge, through interviews with contractors, surrounding the usage of these materials. Session participants will be introduced to what contractors in the field are saying related to their:

Findings from this project contributed to a much larger research effort–the Healthier Affordable Building Materials Project–sponsored by Energy Efficiency for All and Natural Resources Defense Council, in collaboration with Elevate Energy, Healthy Building Network, VEIC and International Living Future Institute.

Beth Hawkins

VP of Research Development
ThreeCubed, Inc.

Beth Hawkins’ research as a social scientist has primarily been focused on program evaluation through the measurement of impacts and outcomes. She conducts mixed-methods research including systems analysis, case studies, survey design and implementation, participatory planning processes, and community engagement. She is currently managing several projects within the residential low-income energy-efficiency (EE) space. Specifically, evaluating and monetizing health and household impacts of Tennessee Valley Authority’s Energy Efficiency Makeover program for single-family housing in Knoxville, TN (KEEM) through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant; and EE programs in MF housing as delivered by utilities in the State of Massachusetts. Ms. Hawkins is also managing a multi-regional evaluation assessing improved building systems resilience attributable to MF EE programs through a JPB Foundation grant. Lastly, through a contract with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) she is managing a project documenting insights on market drivers, adoptability, and performance of ‘healthier’ EE materials.


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Aaron Johnson

Indoor airPLUS Existing Homes

Aaron is the manager of the Indoor airPLUS Existing Homes labeling program and serves in a technical role for Indoor airPLUS New Homes. Over the past decade, he has worked as a RESNET QAD, Rater Trainer, and a BPI QCI, among other building science positions. He has presented at many conferences on health and indoor air quality in homes.


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Michaela Marincic

Research Associate
ThreeCubed Inc.


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Rick Blumenthal

Knauf Insulation


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