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Oh, Behave!

Oh, Behave!

We can engineer a building to use only as much energy as it produces. That’s pretty great isn’t it! We can also fill our pantries with healthy food, keep a bike outside our door to provide exercise and rely less on a car, and be friendly to our neighbors.... Read More
Adapt and Grow

Adapt and Grow

What happens when we are confronted with trauma in our lives, in our homes, in our communities, and in our businesses? Here are my recent experiences with that question, and what ends up being a surprising answer. A few weeks before most of Connecticut lost power last... Read More
The Arc of Acquisition

The Arc of Acquisition

Over the course of our lives we travel what I call the “arc of acquisition”. We begin without much, and over time acquire more and more things. Some that we need. Others we just want. We begin without the ability to acquire much and, according to our circumstances,... Read More
’tis the season for Thermal Comfort

’tis the season for Thermal Comfort

In this wintry season, who isn’t thinking about what’s required to be comfortable in our homes? Not too hot and not too cold, the ability to provide thermal comfort is one of the most important functions of a building, which you might think of as your... Read More
Energy Diet Choices Matter

Energy Diet Choices Matter

Like someone on a diet who wonders why, despite their best efforts, they can’t seem to lose weight, we sometimes make mistakes in our choices to save energy in our homes. Unless you knew better you’d expect that these seemingly sensible energy saving... Read More
Jolly Green Giants

Jolly Green Giants

Homes are built, bought, and sold in markets. Banks lend money to build or buy a home according to an appraisal of its likely value in that market. Before that market went bust it encouraged the construction of increasingly larger and more expensive homes and... Read More
Comfort & Character

Comfort & Character

We measure others, and ourselves, by the values we see practiced in our work, with our families, and within our communities. And in our homes. Honesty, respect, trust, generosity. These are virtues we teach our children and hope for in our relationships with others.... Read More
Workarounds for the Homes We Tolerate

Workarounds for the Homes We Tolerate

My son is driving the VW Cabrio convertible I bought in 1999. I still remember being stunned by the fact that you couldn’t put a coffee cup in the cup holder and get it back out without hitting the dashboard. Didn’t they ever even try it? Since their... Read More
What’s Your Number?

What’s Your Number?

We like things simple. And relatively immediate. Safe is nice too. Sacrifice? Hopefully not. That’s what makes an abstract idea like climate change and the prospect of literal sea changes such an uninviting topic. The scale of the challenge can look like that... Read More
What’s Precious?

What’s Precious?

I was born in 1953. Growing up, we mostly drank milk and water. Sometimes Kool Aid. And having a glass of orange juice was a treat (and it was a small glass!). Having a coke was special. So was going out to dinner, getting an ice cream cone, going to a movie, or... Read More

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