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Housing 2.0 – Steps in the Right Direction

Greg Whitchurch

The Problem: The majority of new homes are still built in the old ways, to outdated building code standards at best, and using “same-old, same-old” materials and techniques. How can we entice designers and builders to “up their game” and approach better efficiency standards without scaring them away with expensive and […]

Boston Hosts the World’s Tallest Passive House

What Lessons Can Your Home Design Take From the Winthrop Center?

Winthrop Center, on right. (Winthrop Center)

Greg and Barb Whitchurch

The Winthrop Center in Boston ( is the tallest and largest office building in the world to earn Passive House certification. Located near Faneuil […]

Protecting Affordable Housing While Lowering Energy Bills

Multi-unit apartment house in Burlington, VT (Don Shall/Flickr)


ACEEE’s Energy Equity for Renters initiative is providing ten local governments and community-based organizations with no-cost technical assistance to improve energy efficiency in rental homes while also preserving or expanding affordable housing.

Energy Equity for Renters will work with these […]

Cold Cash: Energy Efficiency Pays Off for Patch’s Market

Ron Patch, owner of Patch’s Market & Deli. (NHEC)

New Hampshire Electric Co-op

Ron Patch knows all about the cost of doing business these days. As the owner of Patch’s Market & Deli in Glen, NH, he’s seen his costs go up on everything from the gas at the pumps to […]

Cheshire County, NH Implements Building Energy Improvements, Switch to Renewables

Old court house in Cheshire County opted to have a Froling Energy dried wood chip-fired boiler installed with city gas backup. (

Martin Wahl

Energy Efficient Investments of Merrimack, NH (EEI) was first introduced to Cheshire County NH in 2019. At the time the County had significant problems – their plan […]

Efficiency Vermont’s Contractor Spotlight: Sisler Builders, Stowe, VT

The Sisler Builders team. (Courtesy photos)

Interview with Steve Sisler, Founder and CEO

Interview by Michael J. Daley

Steve Sisler began his company in 1983 after earning his degree in industrial economics from Union College in Schenectady, NY. For the past 40 years, he and his crews and teams of subcontractors […]

Audits Help Efforts to Reduce Energy Costs – NY, VT, NH, ME

NEW YORK: Residential Energy Audits for No Cost

Take control of your energy bill and live more comfortably in your home. It all starts with a no-cost home energy assessment conducted by participating residential auditors. The assessment, also referred to as an energy audit, provides you with a top-to-bottom look at where your home is […]

VT Votes Yes To Protect Health & the Environment

The Vermont Senate has voted to advance S.25, which would restrict the use of toxic chemicals like PFAS in personal care products, menstrual products, textiles, and artificial turf. This bill takes important steps to protect Vermonters’ health and our environment from these harmful chemicals, targeting specific areas of consumer products that are major sources of […]

Oh Buoy! Mushrooms to the Rescue

MycoBuoys being prepared for deployment on the Hurricane Island experimental aquaculture farm in June 2023. (Madison Maier, Aquaculture Manager at Hurricane Island)

Janis Petzel, MD

Even if they were not dangerous to human health (which they are), plastics are almost impossible to get rid of, cannot easily be recycled, and […]

Let’s Get to the Heart of the Matter

Beach plastic trash at Freedom Island in the Philippines. (Greenpeace Philippines)

What impact do Microplastics and PFASs have on human health, and what can we do about it?

Janis Petzel, MD


Let’s get to the heart of the matter: plastic pollutants are not good for your heart. Or […]