"The builder will begin framing in a week or so. He does not have experience with super insulation or net zero design. What do you suggest to insure the best possible outcome?" I've heard some version of this way too many times lately. First, hire an architect or designer who knows how to design healthy, safe, energy efficient homes. Then hire a builder who cares enough to have invested in training for high-performance building. There is a lot to know, and a lot that can go wrong, but a lot of us have invested huge amounts of time and money to learn how to do things the right way. Yes, it will cost you more, but it will be worth it if you want a well-crafted house.
Overview: With Maine’s cold, harsh winters and significant annual snowfall, it is inevitable that some buildings will experience the bane of homeowners and property managers alike: the ice dam. In fact, any building with a pitched roof has the potential for an ice dam problem. It doesn’t take long f...
Q+A with Stew MacLehose and Dan Kolbert on the performance of a well-insulated roof When we visited Stew MacLehose’s house in 2011, it was among the first LEED Platinum homes in Maine. Designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects and built by … Continue reading →
A contemporary, energy-efficient house on the Presumpscot River celebrates natural light and scenic views At the top of a narrow staircase, in a sunny room with slanted ceilings overlooking the Presumpscot River, stained glass artist Laura Fuller is examining a … Continue reading →