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You have a home design you love - now it's time to find a builder. Here is great information from the National Association of Home Builders we want to pass on. If you are building a new home or addition, or remodeling your home, use this checklist to help you select a builder to perform the work....
There's an old / new kind of home in the home building industry:  a hybrid home.  Hybrid homes are built utizing two or more construction types.  For instance, Bonin Architects designed a hybrid home in Candia, NH, with timber framing, structural insulated panels (SIP panels), conventional 2x mat...
Clearly, anyone building a home wants to make sure it is energy efficient.  The first step in designing an energy efficient home is considering the site design as it relates to solar energy. Site design includes lot orientation, location of shade trees, site grading, landscaping, and sustainable ...
If you think you're living sustainably and are up for a little challenge, check out "Consumer Consequences", an interactive game designed to illustrate the impact of our lifestyles on the Earth. Consumer Consequences is part of American Public Media'sTM special series, "Consumed," which explores ...
Trends in home design are moving away from specific rooms and space to materials and energy efficiency.  This delightful (and beneficial) competition between neighbors, communities, and states to become more energy conscious and less dependent on fossil fuels has resulted in thousands of people r...
There is a lot of talk about energy efficient homes and ENERGY STAR.  ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that provides information, training, and certification of products and practices to help homeowners save money and pro...
Solar is the hottest thing in green homes today - and with good reason.According to The Clear Mountain Solar Store, our local solar experts, "all the potential energy of the earth's known oil, coal and natural gas reserves is equaled by just three weeks of solar energy. It is estimated that the ...
Our Green Home Seminar in November (partnered with Riverbend Timber Framing) had a pretty good attendance - about 20 guests.  Apparently this was indicative of the declining market. Last month, though, we partnered with Timberpeg for a Green Home Seminar and Open House at one of their local timbe...
Jeremy and Kim are exhibiting at the Vermont Green Builders and Energy Conservation Show this weekend at the Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont.   We've found exhibiting at these types of shows and conventions is imperative toward relationship-building and talking with individuals bui...
The US Department of Energy's latest data on our country's energy production and consumption is quite telling.  In 2007, approximately 21% of the energy consumption in the United States was attributed to residential buildings. Meanwhile, in the period from 2000 to 2007 fossil fuel energy producti...

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