Garland Insulating is excited to announce the launch of a pilot RESNET—Building America program for the mentoring and assessment of high quality insulation installers. RESNET is the not-for-profit body that creates the standards for building energy efficiency rating systems. The pilot program is a based on a joint development effort led by Garland Insulating and RESNET in the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market. The program features practical instruction, field mentoring, and assessment of high quality insulation installers. The foundation of this program is a tablet-based program—JobWerks Insulation Installer—developed by RESNET and Organic Think.
The JobWerks Insulation Installer program teaches an insulation installer how to properly install all insulation types per manufacture specification through a library of photo and video programs. The tool also allows the company’s field supervisor to mentor and assess the installer’s performance in the field. Upon successful completion of the instruction, mentoring, and training, the installer will receive a certificate of completion by RESNET. The field mentor is required to understand building science through completion of training and testing of the RESNET Energy Smart Contractor program.
The Garland Insulating Pilot program was first announced at the 2015 Insulate America Stockholders meeting, Steve Baden, RESNET Executive Director, explained the details of the program and Cardice Howard, Garland Insulating Operations Manager, gave a presentation on how the RESNET JobWerks Insulation Installer Tool works.
The Insulate America pilot project is open to a maximum of five insulation contract companies. If the pilot project is successful, it will be expanded to high quality insulation installers nationwide.
JobWerks Insulation Installer offers the promise of an educated and skilled insulation installer workforce, giving builders confidence that insulation will be installed to meet the RESNET Grade A Insulation Installation rating.
Details of the pilot program will be presented during the Fall 2015 RESNET Board Meeting in New Orleans in October.