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High Performing Home Showcase

What makes a high-performing house? By Chris Briley & Heather Chandler THERE ARE A LOT of loosely defined terms used to…

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It all starts at the bottom: tips for constructing a healthy, energy efficient foundation

AN IMPROPERLY BUILT foundation can be a primary culprit of both indoor air quality and energy problems in homes. Whether…

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The sweet spot: the intersection of performance & price

How to Design and Build a Pretty Good (or Better) House by Michael Maines THE BUILDING STANDARD that’s not a…

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Return to nature: outdoor living spaces that restore natural habitat

By Lynn Ascrizzi IT’S GREAT THAT we’re building and upgrading our homes to reduce energy costs and the needless waste…

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The lawn that loves you back

WE REACHED OUT TO A few local organic lawn care experts to find answers to some of lawn owners’ most…

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Special Delivery: Rethinking Modular Construction

By Tim King SINCE HENRY FORD started his first assembly line, people have understood that the most efficient way of…

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Food waste recycling made easy

Did you know organic waste comprises about 40 percent of what goes into the average Maine trash can, and about…

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Lighting evolves: the LED

By Heather Chandler THE LED (OR LIGHT emitting diode) bulb is a relatively new entry to the lighting scene, but…

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Indoor gardening for a year-round harvest

By Erin Covey-Smith THE ABUNDANCE AT the farmers’ markets may be dwindling, and your garden may have hunkered down for…

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Indoor air quality spotlight: radon

IN MAINE, HIGH levels of radon gas occur naturally in our soil and water, a result of the breakdown of…

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