Green Building

Pretty Good House is a Pretty Good Idea

April 19, 2012
Pretty Good House is a Pretty Good Idea

  I recently joined Maine Green Building Supply’s monthly efficient building discussion group. Over beers and hot dogs in previous months, they had brainstormed an idea which has caught the popular imagination of folks in the broader efficient building world, that of the ‘Pretty Good House.’ The idea is like Pareto’s Principle applied to energy […]

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Are McMansions Dying Off?

February 10, 2012
Are McMansions Dying Off?

  One truism of efficient building is that smaller is the easiest way to make something more efficient and green. Building a McMansion then slapping on the efficient and green is a lot like the proverbial ‘makeup on a pig’. It’s an energy disaster to begin with and who would want to live in a […]

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Energy Auditing Blog on Green Building Advisor

February 2, 2012
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  My entry on the difficulties with air sealing and heating Cape Cod style houses has been posted by Green Building Advisor, one of the foremost green building sites around (the name does give it away a bit). Here’s the link to the GBA hosted article (and here’s the link to the original). And the […]

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What is a Solar Tube (Let The Sunshine In)?

January 20, 2012
What is a Solar Tube (Natural Light is Better)

  While CFL light bulbs are the current belle of the lighting efficiency ball, a number of other contenders have emerged. The shortcomings of CFLs have lead many consumers to look elsewhere. LEDs, halogens and ESL bulbs are alternatives with their own benefits and shortcomings. Today we will look at solar tubes. So what are […]

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Advanced Framing Techniques – Less Wood, Less Energy, Less Time

December 30, 2011
Advanced Framing Techniques - Less Wood, Less Energy, Less Time

  For 175 years, construction of residential homes has employed ‘stick construction.’ Even if you’re not a builder, you’d recognize it on sight. 2 x 4 framing with 16-inch on center studs, double top plates, and triple stud corners. Every contractor in the game has built this way since forever. Imagine a blue collar movie […]

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