Passive House Winner Meets the Challenges

Passive House Winner Meets the Challenges

CT’s First Certified Passive House wins the 2012 CT Zero Energy Challenge The Passive House we designed and built in Harwinton this year has been recognized for meeting two significant challenges. It is the first house in CT to be officially certified by the... Read More
Building a Future Friendly Home

Building a Future Friendly Home

We’re building a new home in the Harwinton hills. When we say we need to build future friendly homes, this is what we mean. We designed the house to meet the Passive House standard, and our client has chosen to equip the home with the capacity to produce as much... Read More
Design + Construction = Value

Design + Construction = Value

We have been managing construction projects for decades and have developed a methodical system of management and communication designed to realize all the value of the design/build process. To put it simply, design is aligned with construction to assure value.... Read More
What Modern Means Now

What Modern Means Now

My career began during the urban renaissance that took place in the 1970-80’s restoring the magnificent Victorian and Queen Anne homes that were once the “modern” homes of their day. These homes were built for the successful professionals and... Read More
Zombies

Zombies

You know. The walking dead. People have been talking about this “zombie economy” and referring to “zombie banks” and looking at “zombie industries” like Detroit or education or the health care system and wondering how to bring them back to life. What exactly does this... Read More
Keeping Your Cool

Keeping Your Cool

Literally. Like in a thermos. Like what it takes to have any hope of having a cool drink on a hot day at the beach. Let me explain. It’s been a hot July. Day after day in the high 80’s and 90’s with only the briefest relief. Most folks respond by turning on the AC.... Read More
The Cape Cod House

The Cape Cod House

A few years back I heard this poem read by Manchester native Steven Straight at that great summer event at the Hillstead Museum in Farmington, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. It continues to stick with me as I think about what we should expect from a home. I grew... Read More
There’s Nothing to Eat!

There’s Nothing to Eat!

That’s the complaint. We stand at the refrigerator and stare at the contents. We rummage through the boxes and cans and bottles and jars in the pantry. We open drawers of spices and grains and close them again. There is all this food. But there’s nothing... Read More
Honeywell Put Us to Sleep

Honeywell Put Us to Sleep

In answer to one of my many “why?” questions about how poorly we understand energy, engineer Marc Rosenbaum explained, “Honeywell put us to sleep!” What did he mean? Not that long ago when it was cold out, it was kinda cold in. Or hot for that... Read More

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