Blower Door Testing

As Maine home builders strive to enhance energy efficiency in new home construction, blower door testing is being utilized as a valuable tool to measure how effective we are at air sealing to eliminate unconditioned air from entering the building envelope A simple concept: with all windows, doors, and other pathways for outside air to … Read More

Geo-Thermal heating in Maine

We are currently working on a project that is utilizing a ground sourced Geo-Thermal Heat Pump HVAC system. I am a big fan of these systems as they are unmatched for efficiency of operation. Geo systems are about 400% efficient as compared to the best LP systems which are about 95% efficient. In other words, for every … Read More

Energy efficient construction

No matter what house style, no matter what budget, energy efficient building techniques should be utilized to enhance ongoing home energy performance. The following photographs of a current project in New Gloucester Maine highlight a few details that will have a dramatic positive effect regarding how comfortable this house will be, as well as less expensive to heat. Intersecting … Read More

Build new houses tight, tight, tight!

I sometimes hear people say things like “new houses today are being built too tight”. I might share this opinion if I were a home heating fuel salesman, but as a Maine home builder with a focus on saving my customers money through energy efficient construction, I say that it is better to understand building science, … Read More