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
Nature’s Energy Audit

Nature’s Energy Audit

These days we are using blower doors and infrared cameras to measure and observe where and how our homes leak air and waste energy. We call this an Energy Audit and it helps us diagnose failures in a homes system of enclosure – the building... 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
Built Different. Built Better.

Built Different. Built Better.

My career started in the 70’s as a house painter.  A painter touches the surfaces of each project three times: Prep. Prime. Paint. Over dozens of projects I saw and touched every finished part of a house, inside and out. As a result I got to know the parts and how... Read More
How Precious is Energy? Ask Your Slaves!

How Precious is Energy? Ask Your Slaves!

Do we appreciate what energy is? Do fish know they’re wet? Like clueless fish, we’ve lived within a world of cheap available energy our whole lives. We have no visceral understanding of how remarkable this actually is. For instance, what’s a Watt? How’s this for a... Read More
Cash for Clunkers: Home Edition

Cash for Clunkers: Home Edition

Its no surprise that the “cash for clunkers” program is a hit. Not only do you get a significant subsidy for a new car, those who participate are going to save big on fuel. Based on average annual mileage of 13,500 and $3/gallon gas, a modest 7MPG improvement saves... Read More
Passive House: Maximize Gains, Minimize Losses

Passive House: Maximize Gains, Minimize Losses

For the past twenty years we’ve been caught up in an investment fever. Everyone needed to have investments that were working for them just to stay economically afloat. So you had to think about your income and how to optimize it. Stocks. Mutual Funds. IRA’s.... Read More

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