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Free Webinar on Wednesday: Five Ways Construction is Changing

Builders are facing strong demand but saddled with a massive shortage of skilled labor. In this webinar, Editor-In-Chief Matt Power explores how these conditions has made them more than usually open to new products and systems, from envelopes to “disruptive” insulating techniques. He’ll talk about new methods of wrapping and sealing buildings, new electronic systems […]

NHSaves Earns Highest Energy Star Leadership Award

NHSaves, a leader in guiding residential, commercial, industrial and municipal gas and electric customers toward energy savings through incentive-based programs, has earned the highest ENERGY STAR honor bestowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

NH Saves received the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the […]

Tiny Houses for the Planet

Lincoln tiny house on wheels at Mt. Hood tiny house village near Portland, Oregon. Image:

Jessie Haas

Tiny houses are hot these days. But practical? Can they help save the planet? Quite possibly.

A tiny house is usually 400 square feet (sf) or less, with the average being 186 sf. (By comparison the […]

Habitat for Humanity: Champions of Efficient Housing in Vermont

Vermont’s first certified Passive House, built by Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte, Vermont. Image: Philip Jensen Carter.

Peter Schneider

Working as an energy consultant for Vermont’s statewide energy efficiency utility has allowed me to witness – and play a role in – one of the greatest affordable housing success stories in […]

Net-Zero Apartments – Rotterdam, New York

Solara Apartments has an 155kW photovoltaic array and fourteen solar hot water panels on the roof for each of the twenty-four unit buildings. Courtesy photo: NYSERDA.

Janet Joseph

In April, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the grand opening of Solara Apartments in Rotterdam, NY, a new multifamily development […]

Geobarns Modern Farm House

The Modern Farm House. All photos courtesy of Geobarns.

George Harvey

One of my favorite pieces of music is Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. It is also known as the “Pastorale Symphony,” and most people who hear it understand immediately why it has that name. Beethoven loved to walk out in the […]

Catalyzing Clean Energy in Northern New England

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A study released on February 13, 2019 by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI) identified strategies to transition New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine to a clean energy economy. Innovative public-private partnerships and new investments can spark a clean energy future that has the potential to catalyze the creation […]

How Safe Is Your Indoor Air?

Barbara and Greg Whitchurch

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air within buildings, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of the occupants. A home that’s healthful for the occupants has the proper moisture level, is pest-free, contaminate-free, and well-ventilated with filtered outside air.

Health effects of formaldehyde. […]

SWA’s Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Indoor Environment – Part 2

Lauren Hildebrand

The evidence in support of more healthful buildings is overwhelming. Children living in green housing have significantly lower incidents of asthma. In the workplace, we see greater employee productivity, with staff that are more engaged, creative and innovative, and less likely to leave for a competitor. And, the same concepts can be applied […]

AeroBarrier™ – An Air Sealing System That Fills the Gaps

The Aerobarrier spray system in action. Photos AeroBarrier™

Sean Flynn

The Problem

As a custom home builder in the high-end market for the past 20-plus years, I have watched the emphasis on energy efficient building practices grow to the point where a blower door and tape roller have become as standard in the toolkit […]