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Net-Zero, Primary Residence Homes, Part 2

Net-Zero, Primary Residence Homes, Part 2 1

First of all, the process of building a house consumes a huge amount of energy before anyone even moves in and calls it home.  Here’s a brief snapshot of what I mean.    There’s no such thing as a house that doesn’t consume energy Site & Concrete:  First the loggers come and clear out the…

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Net-Zero, “Primary Residence” Homes, Part 1

Net-Zero, “Primary Residence” Homes, Part 1 2

What is a home?  Is it just a house that people live in until they don’t live there anymore? How is a house different than a condo when both could be considered homes? What about apartments and second homes … third homes, etc.  I always thought there was only one place we call “home” and…

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Is Geothermal Right For My Home?

Is Geothermal Right For My Home? 3

Geothermal heat systems are the most energy efficient, environmentally clean and cost effective space conditioning systems available today declared the EPA in the 1970’s.  And it’s still true.  Conventional residential and light commercial heating and cooling systems are generally fossil fuel and electricity based.  As energy prices fluctuate the demand for Geothermal systems is on…

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The Top 3 Myths of Net Zero Construction in Vermont and New Hampshire

The Top 3 Myths of Net Zero Construction in Vermont and New Hampshire 6

Since net zero construction in Vermont and New Hampshire is the latest (and we think greatest) form of residential construction practices, there are some common myths about net zero homes. Let’s dispel these myths: Myth #1) I Need to Compromise on Design This misperception may have drifted over from the auto industry. You may know that…

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Top Questions To Ask A High-Performance Home Builder

Top Questions To Ask A High-Performance Home Builder 7

Top questions to ask when interviewing Builders who claim to be knowledgeable about High Performance construction techniques. How do air barriers differ from vapor barriers? What is a Breathable Vapor Barrier? When and where is a breathable vapor barrier used in a house envelope? When is a breathable vapor barrier not required? What direction does…

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A Tale of Two Houses (Less to Build vs. Less to Own)

A Tale of Two Houses (Less to Build vs. Less to Own) 8

A couple stopped by my office recently and inquired about building a new house. Since we have been building houses for about 40 years, this was no surprise and it also didn’t surprise me that they didn’t have drawings yet. Their thoughts were pretty vague about what they wanted except for two things. They had…

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Solar Harvesting is Agriculture

Solar Harvesting is Agriculture 9

The Harvesting of Solar Energy is agriculture.  Geothermal and Wind power is too.  In fact, I contend that all forms of energy harvesting is agriculture.  Property Taxes are determined in various ways but one way is by how we use a specific piece of property.  Some activities are taxed at a lower level than others. …

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