I am working on our first Passive House project. This project is scheduled for construction next year, in the Bangor, Maine area. While I have been designing buildings that meet ASHRAE 90.1-2009 buildings for a while, and even buildings that … Read More
Robyn and I just finished attending the Maine Optometric Association conference in Bar Harbor. We were there drumming up business, since we have recently designed a couple of optometry offices, and enjoyed those projects. Luckily for us, we were the … Read More
I’ve been reading some of the testimony for and against LD 1191, which is one in a series of bills before the State legislature proposing to weaken the adoption of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code, MUBEC. One of … Read More
I’m not sure how I first discovered Therm, which is a software program developed by the Department of Energy. I think Therm started in Berkeley. Let’s just say it is a singularly elegant and useful software application for energy investigations. … Read More
On our pre-engineered metal building addition at Washington County Community College (WCCC, the College), we devised this detail for a thermally broken, energy efficient, cost effective exterior wall type. It still amazes me that this construction is considered “cutting edge.’ … Read More
I’m spending Memorial Day building a stone retaining wall in my front yard. Three thoughts come to mind: I meant to start this retaining wall about ten years ago. That seems to be a long time to put something off. … Read More
So what’s it like when an owner decides to self perform? Let’s imagine owner self-perform on a very small scale. A couple lives in a house. They decide to install window treatments. (I know, most people say “blinds” or “shades”, … Read More
Good morning everyone! Your are reading this because we have just launched our new web site, and blog. Today is 2015 May 21, it’s just before Memorial Day, and the weather is perfect! Enjoy the site, come back soon.