If you are looking for a blog on building a high performance green home, we hope you’ll find this site both helpful and informative. Our motive is simple: promote green residential building as though we would live in it ourselves…..which is exactly what we will do!
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Over the course of the next year, we will build a single family home in southern Maine that meets both the tough German based Passive House and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum standards. We expect to add solar thermal and solar voltaic to get us to a net zero house. But we want more than just a green home. We also want to incorporate universal design/age in place features, as well as concepts from architect Sarah Sushanka’s Not So Big House books. And we want all of this wrapped in an appealing facade that is not just a pretty face, but one that will provide years of minimal to no maintenance, and remains in tune with the neighborhood.
If all these terms are unfamiliar, not to worry – we’ll explain them. If you’re already aware of the concepts, we hope to describe how we will apply them. And if you want more technical details, we’ll also be including cross sections, pictures, and video, with non-technical explanations of what, how, and why.
You may wonder what qualifications we have to write this blog. While we are neither builders nor building scientists, over the years we have completed major remodeling projects on three homes, doing much of the work ourselves involving nearly all the trades in residential construction. From pouring footers, framing, electrical, insulation, drywall, finish carpentry, cabinetry, plumbing, tile, painting, we’ve done it and been complemented on our professional workmanship. Roger has also been an avid long term reader of publications such as Fine Homebuilding, Journal of Light Construction, This Old House, Solar Today, and when not doing home remodeling, enjoys woodworking projects in his well equipped workshop. So we’ll claim the mantel of being very well informed clients.
There are of course many ways to accomplish an objective. We’ll talk about alternatives, tradeoffs, and cost effectiveness. We will try to keep the tone conversational, avoiding jargon or explaining the terminology in simple english. Blogs by nature are intended to be a two-way conversation. We will share with you what we plan to do, and why we have chosen a particular approach. Likewise, we welcome your questions, opinions and personal experience.
So welcome to our blog!