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An Unexpected Window Saga…..With a Happy Ending (so far!)

There’s a popular saying here in Maine…. “we’re all set” ….to signify that the current situation is perfectly fine. Window selection had so far been the most time consuming and vexing aspect of EdgewaterHaus.  That was all behind us.  We … Continue reading

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Achieving Passive House Design Stage Assurance

Great News! Passive House Academy has told us that EdgewaterHaus has achieved “Design Stage Assurance.”  That means PHA entered our design specifications into the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy model and found that we meet the Passive House criteria … Continue reading

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Finding Value in a Green Appraisal – Part IV: Still a Very Long Journey Ahead

We have received a revised appraisal on Edgewaterhaus.  This third trip to the appraisal well is decidedly a mixed bag.  As the title of this blog suggests, those who want to build green via a bank loan have an uphill … Continue reading

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Bieber vs Intus windows

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Enough suspense on windows. It’s a Bieber!  And yes, that’s our final decision.  We’ve made a sizable cash deposit and started precise shop drawings for the windows. It had been a tortuous four, yes, four long months working with the … Continue reading

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Can We Get More, Pay Less, To Keep About The Same?

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Let me explain this rather cryptic proposition. Is it possible to tweak the design of EdgewaterHaus to simultaneously (Get More) energy performance from the building, (Pay Less) to build it, and still (Keep about the same) square footage and floor plan? We liked … Continue reading

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2011 – a Retrospective

Wow, it’s been nearly two months since I updated this blog.  Time to get back in focus.  It’s not that there haven’t been things to write about; there has been a lot going on behind the blog screen.  I attribute … Continue reading

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Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal – the Challenge

I am seeing “red” on what’s supposed to be a “green” residential property appraisal. No, I’m not color blind, although my wife Lynn says I am “seriously color challenged” for my occasional fashion faux-pas.  Perhaps so. I’m using figurative colors … Continue reading

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ARGH! Punting construction to the spring

We have made a very tough decision that has left us in a deep funk. We opted to defer the start of construction until the spring. When we hired Chris Briley in August 2010 and armed him with what we … Continue reading

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Looking Through Windows – part VIII – We’re there, but just barely

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Strike up the band – we have – finally – achieved the Passive House standard with the Unilux windows! Marc Rosenbaum, our energy consultant, ran the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modeling software and arrived a a heat load … Continue reading

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Looking through windows – Part VII; Thermotech

We have been comparing two window options for EdgewaterHaus: German manufactured Unilux (click on the British flag in the upper right to translate the page into English), and Canadian made Thermotech.  I”ll talk about Thermotech in this blog; a previous blog … Continue reading

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