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So, You Want to Build a House?

Part 1 of 2: How to Begin

Barb and Greg Whitchurch

Few enterprises in life are as exciting as designing your own home. By “exciting,” we also mean stressful. We’ve done it three times and concluded that, to our credit, we made different mistakes each time.

Kicking off your project on the […]

The Norwich Cliff House: Tradition Meets Affordability in a Right-Sized Modern Home

The Cliff House sits atop a little knoll at the end of a narrow street. (Photos: Greg Whitchurch)

Barb and Greg Whitchurch

At the end of a small street in Norwich, VT, there is a fascinating, small home being built for a mother and her three teenage children. It is highly […]

Green Energy Investments in VT Mean Jobs and Availability of Weatherization

SEVCA weatherization crews provide no cost weatherization and efficiency upgrades to renters and home-owners of both single-family and multi-family homes. (SEVCA)

Carolyn Sweet

There is a growing call for Vermonters to sign on as eco-warriors as state and federal governments increase investments to grow the number of green jobs and weatherized housing units […]

Efficiency Vermont’s EEN Contractor Spotlight:

Kramer Services of South Londonderry, VT

Interview with Stephen Kramer, Master Plumer and President

Green Energy Times staff

How did you get started in this industry and your company? What is your area of expertise? I have been in business since 2004. We service and install equipment in VT from Manchester to Stratton, Mount Snow, […]

A Bunch of B.S.* (*Building Science, of course)

A Thermal Image Walk-Around

Nate Gusakov

Recently we were called to perform an envelope assessment for a house under partial renovation in Starksboro, VT. After some interior demolition work, the builders had noticed squirrel damage to the insulation in the wall cavities they had exposed. They subsequently asked us to do a thermal […]

Integrating Social Equity into Green Building

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James Wilson

The causes of social inequity and injustice are deeply rooted within the systems that shape our society, including the built environment. The built environment represents the literal foundation of our society’s presence in the world – from the smallest rural community to the largest city. The […]

Factors That Determine Thermal Comfort

Comparison of window performance at different temperatures from “Window Performance forHuman Thermal Comfort,” by Center for the Build Environment, Nov. 2005. (

It’s Not Just the Thermostat!

Joanne Coons

When I was in elementary school, if my friend Wendy was cold in her house, her mother would have her run outside without a […]

Wright Construction Builds with Award-Winning Techniques

: The post and beam award-winning addition for this home in Ludlow, Vermont is nearlyfinished in this photo

George Harvey

Readers may remember that we have had articles in the past about Wright Construction Company, in Mount Holly, Vermont. The most recent appeared in June of 2018, and it addressed issues many builders […]

Efficiency Vermont’s EEN Contractor Spotlight

Montpelier Construction of Barre, VT Interview with Malcolm Gray, Founding Partner

Malcolm Gray, Founding Partner of Montpelier Construction located in Barre, Vermont. Courtesy photo

Green Energy Times staff

What is your area of expertise? I’ve been building energy-efficient homes since the late 1970s. The definition of energy efficient has been a moving target […]

A Bunch of B.S. (Building Science, of course!)

Up on The Roof

Nate Gusakov

The toolkit of an energy auditor is a fascinating collection of building science technology: infrared cameras, Wi-Fi-enabled digital manometers, blower doors, fog machines and combustion analyzer. It’s a lot of cool technology. Most of it runs on batteries or needs periodic calibration or has sensors that fail or software […]