What: During October, November, and December 2021, Efficiency Maine is offering free workshops on seven separate residential and commercial code provisions and best practices related to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
As of July 1, 2021, the IECC 2015 became the mandatory baseline energy code for all new construction in […]
To Save Energy, Money and Improve Comfort
Crane lifting units to the rooftop. (Dana Nute, President of Resilient Buildings Group)
There is a point where managing a project is not something that can be done on the back of an envelope. The large-scale heating system for the Crutchfield Apartments in Concord, […]
Ariel view of the net-zero multi-family community in Newburyport, MA. Credit: Hall and Moskow
Barb and Greg Whitchurch
We’ve lived two miles back into the woods on a dirt road in north central Vermont for several decades now. In our experience, some people move to this area, build a long driveway, and […]
A Green Home Awards Program that Goes “Above and Beyond”
Green Builder’s Annual Green Home of the Year Awards, now accepting entries, seeks to honor great design that also mitigates major environmental challenges.
After a year of frenzied home building and renovation, it’s time to put the nation’s best high-performance homes on display.
How can energy-efficiency programs support building performance standards?
Washington DC, New York City, Washington State, and St. Louis have recently adopted mandatory building performance standards (BPS) that require many existing commercial buildings (and often multifamily buildings) to significantly reduce their energy use. Several additional cities and states are considering similar standards. This is […]
Natural calcium carbonate, made here by a coral reef. (NOAA image, public domain)
Calcium carbonate is really amazing stuff. Of course, we all can visualize it easily. No? Well, it is the basic material in limestone, which the Great Pyramid was built of, and of marble. It is also the thing […]
While it’s heartening to read here about some of the research and development efforts for lower-carbon concrete, in the meantime standard concrete is contributing to irreversible climate damage.
Climate crisis disasters are driving “climate migration.” A few years ago, Vermont created a commission to address the enormous stresses of soaring immigration to our […]
Interview by Efficiency Vermont
Note: Pat Perry is the owner of Vermont Heat Pump, LLC, of Shelburne, VT
Efficiency Vermont: What is your background?
Pat Perry: I worked as an electrical engineer for 30 years, and after that I started Vermont Heat Pump. I’ve had that business for almost 10 years now.
In a nutshell, […]
Gathering Data for A Wise Future
Picture 1: A three-fan blower door set up to measure air leakage at Starr Hall (ca 1861), Middlebury College Campus. (Zone 6 Energy)
Over this past year, I have been (and continue to be) spending a lot of time poking around in the attics and […]
Barb and Greg Whitchurch
Now that you’ve passed the quiz on Part 1 published in the June-July issue of Green Energy Times (www.bit.do/get-house-part1), let’s just dive right into Part 2.
Credentials: There are now so many designers and builders who’ve built to the performance standards mentioned in Part 1 that there’s no reason […]