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Looking through windows – Part II: Pella & Schuco

Today’s blog will examine the two candidate windows:  Pella Architectural Series triple-pane, Low-e, Krypton filled windows, and the Schuco Series 182 Climatop Max triple-pane Low-e windows from a number of perspectives.  We found both units are very well engineered.  Both … Continue reading

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Looking through windows Part I: Windows in General

In this first of several blogs on windows, I will talk about general window performance, and the variety of window manufacturers we considered for our new home. Windows are a significant factor in the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) computer … Continue reading

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A Lament

So how long does it take to design a house? I’m talking about the time it takes to go from a reasonably well defined concept to a complete set of construction ready blueprints — getting the final design finished, getting … Continue reading

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General Contractor Selection: The Envelope Please

This week we selected the General Contractor (GC) to build our house.  Ahem.  The envelop, please.  We are proud to announce that we have selected…{pause for effect}……Hold on.  As they say in the card game of Bridge, let’s first review … Continue reading

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Contractor Selection

What’s the best way to pick a residential general contractor (GC)?  There are many books written on the subject.  I want to focus this blog on one specific aspect:  the point in time that the GC becomes a member of … Continue reading

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Storm Water fix

Last week, the city of Saco completed their storm water control project along the 10 foot strip of land they own on the west side of our property.  R.J. Grondin & Sons, a large road construction company in southern Maine, … Continue reading

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Kicking the Tires on our project

This just in:  there is small but broad-based cadre of building professionals in southern Maine who are very interested in pursuing green building initiatives.  Each month, Maine Green Building Supply brings together interested architects, engineers, builders, energy auditors, insulators, solar installers, and other … Continue reading

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Environmental Kudos to Saco

What is a home without the community in which it resides?  In past past dealings with the city since we bought our land 3+ years ago, I was always impressed with how friendly and helpful city employees were.  This week … Continue reading

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Too close for comfort

Take a look at these photos, which I received from the Saco River Corridor Commission (the SRCC is chartered by the State of Maine as an overlay zoning regulator to preserve water quality, wildlife habitat, and scenic views along a 500′ wide swath … Continue reading

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Reach out to Academia

This blog will sell nothing other than the spirit of finding and promoting a more energy efficient, sustainable, and accessible way to design and build the homes that we live in.   While we want to build that much “better … Continue reading

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