Cold Climate Building

Episode 18: Semi Custom Homes with Vermont Simple House

Episode 18: Semi Custom Homes with Vermont Simple House

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. This week we invited our friend and colleague Bob Swinburne to join us and talk about semi customizable plan sets like his Vermont Simple House project and our semi custom division at Mottram Architecture. We talk about why we think it’s an important and under served section of the market, what potential panelization might play in future builds, and the importance of having the architect be an advocate for the homeowner through the construction process.

Episode 17: Heat Pumps with Bo: The Breathable Home

Episode 17: Heat Pumps with Bo: The Breathable Home

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England.

Episode 16: All Things Solar with Revision Energy

Episode 16: All Things Solar with Revision Energy

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this weeks podcast we had the pleasure of talking with Fred Greenhalgh with Revision Energy. Revision Energy is a full service renewable energy contractor, who provides a full range of engineering, design, installation and equipment services for homes, businesses, municipal buildings and nonprofits. But most importantly, they are on the forefront of solar expansion here in Maine. They have installed solar in-spite of poor legislation and have helped lobby for the better policies we now see coming to Maine. If you’re at all interested in solar, this is the podcast for you! Fred has been with Revision for a number of years and has a great deal of information to share, including his journey of living completely off grid and the challenges that go with that. Check out the new construction + solar guide he put together: HERE Learn more about Revision and their mission HERE or Learn about the technology for your home HERE They have a great website including blog posts and updates on the legislature. They often put on events and tours for you to see solar in action, and their employee owners are often seen out and about in the community. We hope you enjoy this episode and let us know if you have questions we didn’t cover with Fred!

Episode 15: A Discussion on Windows with Steve Konstantino at Performance Building Supply

Episode 15: A Discussion on Windows with Steve Konstantino at Performance Building Supply

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In today’s episode we talk about windows. We discuss the merit of triple pane windows, why European windows are different, and some options that you can get with the windows from Performance Building Supply. Check out show notes for more information on Steve and Performance Building Supply.

Episode 14: Dinner with Three Design Professionals

Episode 14: Dinner with Three Design Professionals

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. A friend and colleague Bob Swineburn was visiting another friend and colleague Mike Maines here in Maine this summer. So we got together and had a round table discussion on all things building science in the residential world of Maine and Vermont. I imagine this must be a little bit like any dinner party with 2 or more architects. Bob and Mike both bring a ton of experience to the building science community and it’s always a pleasure to get together and chat about what we are really passionate about!

For More on Mike Maines Residential Design click HERE!

For More on Bob Swineburn click HERE or HERE

And Bob mentioned the keynote speaker Chris Magwood during our discussion, so you can learn more about him HERE

Episode 13: Sustainable Communities The Recap

Episode 13: Sustainable Communities The Recap

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this podcast we recap some of the discussion from the Sustainable Communities panel on Wednesday night. I don’t go into detail on the other participants specialties, but I do hope to have each of them on the podcast to elaborate on the ideas and wisdom that I gained from being on a panel with them.

Episode 12: Sustainable Communities with Bob Muller

Episode 12: Sustainable Communities with Bob Muller

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this podcast we talked with Bob Muller about Sustainable Communities. Bob is a builder/developer here in Maine committed to high performance homes, but also the extension of living beyond the home to the lot, land and community.

Episode 11: Interview with Homeowner Howie Berger

Episode 11: Interview with Homeowner Howie Berger

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this podcast we invited Howie Berger, a homeowner who designed and built a home with us, to come on and talk about his experience designing, building, and living in a high performance home.

Episode 10: A Net Positive Project

Episode 10: A Net Positive Project

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In today’s episode we want to share a little bit about one of our nearly complete projects that is going to be a net-positive home. I share a little bit about how we started the design, how we changed the design, and just some aspects of the project that we are pretty excited about!

Episode 9: Windows

Episode 9: Windows

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. Windows, one of my favorite subjects to talk about, have a major impact on appearance of a home, along with how you feel within the space due to views and daylighting, as well as the energy performance. So tune in to hear me talk about all the ways windows interact with a home and it's occupants.

Episode 8: What is Net Zero?

Episode 8: What is Net Zero?

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. Coming to you today from Copper Farmhouse, we apologize that the sound is a little quiet, so turn it up. In this weeks episode we expand a little bit on our high performance homes by talking about what is net zero, what it means to us, and what it means to the greater community of building!

Episode 7: Why Build A High Performance Home

Episode 7: Why Build A High Performance Home

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this episode of the E3 podcast, listen to Emily ramble on about the benefits of building and living in a high performance home. Who wouldn't want to spend less to heat their home. Who doesn't want to improve the health and indoor air quality when we spend 90% of our time indoors. Listen to Emily talk about just a few things she thinks are important to those who live in high performance homes.

Episode 6: Understanding, Developing and Protecting Your Land

Episode 6: Understanding, Developing and Protecting Your Land

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this Episode of the E3 Podcast we chat with our friend and owner of Main-Land Development Consultants, Inc, Bob Berry, about understanding, developing, and protecting your land. Things you should know about dealing with your land and in some cases, things you should know before purchasing and developing land. We would love your comments and questions on this podcast as we would be happy to have someone from Main-Lands talented staff expand upon any of the topics that Bob and I talked about today. Check out their website HERE

Episode 5: Wood Fiber Insulation

Episode 5: Wood Fiber Insulation

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this episode we invited our friend and colleague Mike Maines back to discuss wood fiber insulation and it’s new life here in the state of Maine!

Stay Tuned for Updates and links to Mike’s Article in Fine Homebuilding

Episode 4: Site, Orientation & Daylight Planning

Episode 4: Site, Orientation & Daylight Planning

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this episode of the E3: Energy and Efficiency with Emily Podcast we talk about the importance of site selection, orientation of your building on site for efficiency, and daylight planning of spaces within your home for maximum use and daylighting.

Check out Mike Maines Fine Homebuilding Article HERE

Check out the Green Architect’s Lounge Podcast HERE

Episode 3: Sustainable Kitchens with Catherine Weiland

Episode 3: Sustainable Kitchens with Catherine Weiland

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. In this episode we discuss sustainability as it relates to kitchen products and design with Catherine Weiland of Balance Design Studio

Episode 2 Why Fiberglass Insulation Sucks

Episode 2 Why Fiberglass Insulation Sucks

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. Episode 2: Why Fiberglass Insulation Sucks. In this episode we discuss how Fiberglass insulation is almost always installed incorrectly and how that installation leads to poorly performing insulation. We also discuss a little bit about where it should be used to maximize the performance of the insulation and how it should be treated.

Episode 1 Exterior Building Insulation with Mike Maines

Episode 1 Exterior Building Insulation with Mike Maines

E3 - Energy and Efficiency with Emily is a podcast dedicated to energy efficient home building in cold climate areas of New England. This episode we discuss exterior building insulation pros and cons with our colleague and friend Mike Maines of Mainescraft and BS & Beer.