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The “Greenest Building” in Portland, Maine

Bayside Anchor apartments includes 167 rooftop solar panels to produce 70,000 kWh of clean electricity.Photo: Matthew Drost, courtesy of Avesta Housing.

By Barbara and Greg Whitchurch

It might very well be downtown Portland’s greenest building — especially the exterior, which is painted various shades of bright green. But what’s going on beneath […]

Home of the Future in Woodstock, NY

Woodstock, NY Passive House in the fall. Photo courtesy of Daniel Levy, Ph.D

By Marie Caruso

A house recently built in Woodstock, NY, could be the vanguard of the future in zero-energy housing.

Daniel Levy, Ph.D., a former industrial education professor and certified Passive House consultant and builder, has constructed a two-story, 2350 square […]

A Net-Zero Solar Challenge at Walden Pond

“I found myself in a schoolroom where I could not fail to see and hear things worth seeing and hearing.” Henry David Thoreau, speaking of being in nature.

Rendering of the Walden Pond Visitors’ Center. Photo courtesy of Maryann Thompson Architects

By Emma Rumple

There was a time when people in this […]

Air Barriers for Retro-fits

Exterior air barrier fabric from foundation to roof. Courtesy photos.

By Michael Goetinck

In order for a building’s insulation to be most effective it needs to be in contact with an air barrier. In an ideal world a home’s air barrier is continuous. This can be achieved through thoughtful design and construction when building […]

Efficiency Vermont’s Better Building by Design

Feb. 3 & 4, 2016

Efficiency Vermont’s Better Building by Design (BBD) Conference and Trade Show is coming right up – on Feb. 3 & 4, 2016, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont!

This is an incredible event that you don’t want to miss. […]

Weatherizing the Statehouse in Vermont

By Allan Bullis

This is a story on one of the most unusual weatherization projects in the State of Vermont. Starting two years ago, State Architect Tricia Harper contacted me at Common Sense Energy (CSE) to develop a plan to weatherize the statehouse as they had done in the past for other historic State buildings.

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