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Groups Urge Biden to Use Existing Authorities to Cut Energy Waste, Carbon from Buildings

New ACEEE briefs give detailed recommendations for manufactured and federally backed housing, federal buildings

In a Biden administration, half a dozen federal agencies should use their authority under existing laws to create jobs, reduce consumers’ utility bills, and mitigate climate change by reducing energy waste from homes and buildings, a […]

Summer Park at Hanover

Summer Park Residences in Hanover, NH, is a Passive House certified, affordable housing building for seniors and those with disabilities. Twenty-four units are open with eighteen more under construction. Photos: Banwell Architects

Barbara and Greg Whitchurch

The Northeast is experiencing a housing crunch. Young families, college students, and new arrivals […]

Efficiency Vermont’s Efficiency Excellence Network Contractor Spotlight:

GSK Climate Control, Inc. of East Dorset, VT

Taylor Kristiansen, Secretary and Technician for GSK Climate Control, Inc. of East Dorset, VT. Courtesy photo.

Interview with Taylor Kristiansen, Secretary and Technician

What is your area of expertise?

GSK is a full-service mechanical contractor that serves […]

Windows in Winter: A Cool Little Microclimate, Part 2

Nate Gusakov

It’s a rough life being a window here in the Northeast U.S. You’re expected to let light in and out, heat in but not out, and, in addition, you have to morph from being a wide-open hole in the wall into transparent, blizzard-proof armor many times a year, and […]

New Frameworks and Glad Tidings

of Innovation at Happiness Hill

Fitting its surroundings. Photo: Stina Booth

By Taylor McNeely and Ben Graham

Marshfield, Vermont

At the Happiness Hill homestead in Marshfield, Vermont, there is much to celebrate and be happy for. Through the vision of talented builders and innovators, what began as […]

Thin Triple-pane Windows Brighten U.S. Market

Wendy Koch

Windows have advanced considerably over the decades, from drafty single-pane models to much better double-pane ones. Now, over just the past two years, thin triple-pane windows that offer a lot more insulation have entered the U.S. market. Such technology enables homes and buildings to save even more energy while being comfortable and bright, […]

Passive House at Maple Corner: Part 3

Barbara and Greg Whitchurch

In the previous issue of G.E.T., we wrote two articles about the Dawkins Passive House in Maple Corner, Vermont ( and Here in Part 3, we explore some of the issues that Meg and John Dawkins considered as they focused on their personal environmental impact, and on how and where […]

Historic Pirelli Building Passive House Retrofit

Kate Doherty and Dylan Martello

One of the most important drivers in achieving Passive House certification is getting the project team involved from the start. Becker + Becker, the owner, architect and developer for the creative retrofit of the Pirelli Building, hired Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) Passive House, Leadership in […]

Apply for BTO’s E-ROBOT American-Made Buildings Prize


DOE Announces American-Made Buildings Prize Today, the U.S. Department of Energy released up to $5 million for its first-ever American-Made Buildings Prize on Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies (E-ROBOT). The E-ROBOT Prize will open new opportunities for the buildings and construction workforce by incentivizing the development of advanced robotics capabilities and […]

Apply Today: Connected Communities Funding Opportunity


DOE Announces $65 Million for Connected Communities Funding Opportunity

Diagrams of grid-interactive efficient buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will provide $65 million through its Connected Communities funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (DE-FOA-0002206) to expand DOE’s network of grid-interactive efficient building communities nationwide. This […]