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    • Vermont Utility Makes (Another) Efficiency Offer June 22, 2017
      Subtitle:  Green Mountain Power adds a water heater controller to previous energy-saving pitches to customers Images:  On the heels of offering customers a deal on Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries and deep discounts on Leaf electric vehicles, Green Mountain Power is rolling out a new plan aimed at saving customers money and reducing loads on the […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Officials Investigate Role of Cladding in London Tower Fire June 21, 2017
      Subtitle:  One U.S. architect says that exterior rigid foam on single-family homes poses fewer risks to occupants Images:  Investigators in London are studying whether an aluminum-faced claddingMaterials used on the roof and walls to enclose a house, providing protection against weather. that contained rigid foam insulation contributed to the speed at which fire engulfed a […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Paving Roads With Recycled Plastic June 16, 2017
      Subtitle:  A Scottish company pioneers a method for using waste plastic to make tough, long-wearing roads Images:  A Scottish startup company has developed a method for supplementing conventional bitumen asphalt with pellets of recycled plastic, producing a stronger and more durable pavement. MacRebur describes MR6 as a high-performance asphalt binderGlue used in manufactured wood products, […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Spending on Energy Efficiency Creates Jobs, Democrats Report June 14, 2017
      Subtitle:  Congressional Democrats say that a rollback of federal support for weatherization and Energy Star will stymie job growth Images:  Democrats on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee pressing for changes in President Trump's proposed 2018 budget argue that threatened energy-efficiency programs such as Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Attic Stairs for High-Performance Houses June 8, 2017
      Subtitle:  An Austrian company is manufacturing a pull-down stair certified by the Passivhaus Institut Images:  A New York-based retailer is offering a pull-down attic stair designed to solve a knotty problem in high-performance houses with unconditioned attics. Unless a builder cobbles together a well-sealed attic hatch, or builds an insulated and air-sealed door and stairwell, […]
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    • Rethinking the Small House Sweet Spot June 6, 2017
      Subtitle:  A Maine developer finds that a little bigger is a little better for many potential buyers Images:  With the launch of The Cottages at Willett Brook, Justin McIver thought he'd found the ideal house size for 55-plus buyers who were ready to downsize but weren't interested in squeezing into a house of just a […]
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    • Maine Firm Develops a New Type of Insulated Block June 2, 2017
      Subtitle:  The Comfort Block combines concrete block and EPS insulation into a 16-inch thick package Images:  A Maine-based concrete block manufacturer, Genest Concrete, has developed an insulated block combining concrete and expanded polystyrene. The blocks are designed to be assembled with a thin layer of adhesive rather than conventional mortar. read more
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    • Tesla’s Solar Roof Has a Competitor June 1, 2017
      Subtitle:  A California startup has developed PV modules that look like standing-seam metal roofing Images:  A Palo Alto, California, company says that it has developed a building-integrated photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. system with a top […]
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    • Lumber Dispute Drives Up Construction Costs May 26, 2017
      Subtitle:  The ongoing trade battle between the U.S. and Canada is making it more expensive to build houses, but opinions differ on exactly how much Images:  An ongoing trade battle between Canada and the U.S. over softwood lumber has pushed up the cost of building a typical single-family home by several thousand dollars, according to […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Fiberglass and Cellulose Makers Tangle Again May 23, 2017
      Subtitle:  Online articles reignite a long-standing dispute between competing industries Images:  A long-running feud between the fiberglass and cellulose insulationThermal insulation made from recycled newspaper or other wastepaper; often treated with borates for fire and insect protection. industries has broken out in a new round of mudslinging, drawing a public rebuke from an agency that […]
      Scott Gibson