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Concentric Vents and Blizzard Nemo

July 31, 2013
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    Blizzard Nemo clobbered Maine and most of the eastern seaboard this past February. Snow blanketed the entire coast, piling especially high in the Appalachian foothills. We slogged through a three foot dump in Portland. 50 MPH gusts whipped snow every way, sculpting enormous snow drifts in almost alien landscapes. That’s what our family […]

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Sealed Combustion Heating and the Appliance Hot Tub Party

July 24, 2013
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    Sealed combustion systems are apt to become more central to efficient building as the new energy codes introduce air tightness standards. This implicitly means that you’ll need to pay attention to your heating system safety. And conveniently those codes also lay out explicit guidelines for combustion systems. Building and energy codes often get […]

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The Worst House Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 3

March 11, 2013
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    To recap: Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. The house had built in 2008, which hit one of my pet peeves: That new automatically means good. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re legally allowed to build.” […]

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Is Solar Thermal Dead?

May 1, 2012
Is Solar Thermal Dead

  Martin Holladay, Green Building Advisor resident ‘Energy Nerd’ recently posted an article with the very pugnacious title, “Solar Thermal is Dead,” referring to solar hot water. Now energy guys will wage verbal wars for years over the merits of different types of low-dust cellulose insulation … you can imagine how heated things might get […]

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Green, Energy Efficient and Money Saving Links

April 16, 2012
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  Say what?!? Solar electric spray paint? That’s right…paint that generates solar electricity. Electric car doesn’t have enough range *bang* electric paint. Smart phone is dying *bang* electric paint. Technology can get us a little giddy every once in a while but this feels positively Jetsonian. The List 10 Tips for When You’re Remodeling Your […]

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