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Warming up to window inserts

By Laura Seaton Have you ever sat by your windows in January and felt the heat being pulled from your…

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Case study: heat pump water heaters & damp basements

By Steve Caulfield If you need a new water heater and your basement is somewhat humid and musty, you might…

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The return of the electric car

By Travis Ritchie It seems that 2017 is the year for the return of the electric car in America, with…

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What is a green home worth?

Appraising & financing high-performance homes By Parlin Meyer Few people who embark on the adventure of building a new home…

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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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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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Ductless heat pumps: the lowdown

A conversation with Efficiency Maine Ductless heat pumps are one of the most popular technologies for highly efficient heating in…

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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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