"The public health benefits of insulation retrofits in existing housing in the United States"
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) has trained an exclusive group of energy specialists who are now uniquely qualified to help homeowners reduce home energy costs. Homeowners can now turn to the elite members of Owens Corning™ Certified Energy Expert® (CEE) program for professional help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and ultimately save* on energy bills throughout the year.
With a staggering 45 million U.S. homes estimated to be under-insulated according to Harvard School of Public Health, widespread energy loss and increased energy costs are impacting homeowners across the country. Homes built before 1980 are contributing to this problem, as they typically are under-insulated compared to today's energy-efficient attic standards. Since the ceiling or attic of a house can account for up to 20 to 30 percent of a home's heat loss or gain, this means a lot of money is literally going through the roof.
"To help homeowners save money, reduce energy costs and improve the overall comfort and performance of the home, Owens Corning has trained an elite group of energy specialists across the country as part of our Certified Energy Expert® program," said Mike Swift, Vice President, Sales, ICD, Owens Corning. "From new construction to retrofit applications on existing homes, the Owens Corning Certified Energy Expert® (CEE) members are truly qualified building science experts who can help homeowners achieve an energy efficient home with proper insulation and air sealing."
Steps Today to Start Saving Tomorrow
In this challenging economy, every opportunity to save money counts. Unless a home was specially constructed for energy efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) notes that homeowners can typically reduce energy bills by adding more insulation. However, because every home is different, there is no one-size fits all solution to address under-insulated homes.
Homeowners can take the guesswork out of the equation by having a home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, to provide a thorough examination of the home's air leakage and infiltration sources. The Certified Energy Expert® members bring professional precision to this process, identifying areas of the home that are in need of air sealing, moisture control or insulation, and provide tailored recommendations to improve the home's energy efficiency performance. The goal is year-round savings and comfort in a home that is warm in winter and cool in the summer.
Owens Corning™ Certified Energy Expert® Professionals
A small percentage of insulation installers in this country qualify to be a member of the Owens Corning™ Certified Energy Expert® program. Backed by Owens Corning, Certified Energy Expert® professionals know exactly what it takes to deliver a high-quality installation on time, every time, and stand behind their work.
Following is an overview of what sets Certified Energy Expert® professionals apart from competitors:
Stringent building science training and certification: To become a member of this program, professionals undergo a level of training and certification. Owens Corning™ Certified Energy Expert® professionals are uniquely qualified to understand the complex ways air, moisture, heat and cold interact within a home's walls, roof and interior space. With their knowledge of thermal performance, moisture prevention, air filtration, ventilation and auditing, CEEs can help maximize to energy efficiency resulting in cost savings for homeowners.
Exclusive 10-year limited warranty: Owens Corning stands behind Certified Energy Expert® professionals by offering homeowners an exclusive 10-year limited warranty** covering installation in addition to the standard product warranty. This warranty speaks volumes about the confidence Owens Corning™ Certified Energy Expert ® professionals have, not just in the work they perform, but in the Owens Corning™ insulation products they use.
Excellent Owens Corning™ insulation products: Certified Energy Expert® professionals deliver energy performance by using high-quality Owens Corning™ products.
Fewer callbacks: We provide Certified Energy Expert® professionals with the knowledge and skills to do the job right the first time, every time.
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune® 500 company for 58 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.3 billion in 2011 and about 15,000 employees in 28 countries on five continents. Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com.
* Savings will vary.
** See actual 10-Year Limited Warranty for details. 10-year limited warranty coverage applies to the following Owens Corning products: PINK® FIBERGLAS™ Insulation in Batts and Rolls, PROPINK® Loose Fill Insulation, PINK® FIBERGLAS™ Loose Fill Insulation and EnergyComplete™ Air Infiltration Barrier.
 Jonathan Il. Levy, Yurika Nishioka and John D. Spengler, "The public health benefits of insulation retrofits in existing housing in the United States, " Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, April 2003. pp1-16