Market Overview

The Market for Residential Insulation in the US to 2022 - Single-Family Housing Continues to Drive Demand -


The "Residential
Insulation in the US by Material, Project Type, Housing Type, Area of
Building and Region"
report has been added to's

This industry study presents historical demand data (2007, 2012, and
2017) and forecasts for 2022 by material (fiberglass, foamed plastic,
cellulose, mineral wool, and other materials), by project type (new and
retrofit), by housing type (single-family, multifamily, and manufactured
housing), by area of building (attic and roof, exterior wall, and
other), by region (Northeast, Midwest, South, and West), and by

Data are presented in current dollars (which are not adjusted to account
for inflation), and in volume terms by the following measures: pounds,
square feet R-1 value, and square feet. In pounds and square feet R-1
measures, reflective insulation and radiant barriers are excluded.

The study also evaluates company market share and provides
analysis on industry competitors, including:

  • American Rockwool
  • Applegate Insulation
  • Atlas Roofing
  • BASF
  • Carlisle
  • CertainTeed
  • Covestro
  • DowDuPont
  • Fiberlite Technologies
  • Huntsman
  • Johns Manville
  • Kingspan
  • Knauf Insulation
  • Nu-Wool
  • Owens Corning
  • Sealed Air
  • US Greenfiber

Increasingly Stringent Building Codes and Single-Family Housing
Construction Activity to Fuel Demand Growth

Gains will be driven by healthy growth in single-family housing starts
and the installation of a greater amount of insulation in new housing
structures as more areas of the US begin to comply with stricter
International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) mandates.

Fiberglass and Foamed Plastic Insulation to Maintain Leading
Positions in the Residential Market

Fiberglass will remain by far the most widely used insulation material
in residential buildings. Construction professionals and DIYers will
continue to favor the material because of its low cost, good insulative
properties, and ease of installation.

Demand for foamed plastic is expected to rise at a strong pace through
2022, due in part to more stringent building codes calling for improved
insulation in homes - a major focus of the IECC. Despite its higher
cost, homeowners will increasingly specify foamed plastic insulation for
its ability to seal between walls and in hard-to-reach areas such as
crawl spaces.

Single-Family Housing Continues to Drive Demand

In 2017, single-family housing accounted for the vast majority of
residential insulation market value, and it will account for most of the
demand gains through 2022.

Going forward, demand for insulation in single-family residences will be
driven by healthy advances in single-family housing starts, greater
adoption of more stringent IECC building codes, a favorable lending
environment, growth in the number of houses with two or more stories,
and rising consumer interest in making single-family homes more energy

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