Green & Healthy Maine Homes Magazine

Green & Healthy Maine Homes Magazine A biannual publication dedicated to inspiring Maine homes that are as healthy for the people who live in them as they are for the planet.

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Cedar is a lightweight, sustainable material with natural resins and oils that make the wood resistant to insects, rot a...
11/08/2021

Cedar is a lightweight, sustainable material with natural resins and oils that make the wood resistant to insects, rot and decay. But faced with a choice between Western Red cedar and Northern White cedar, how do you know which to choose?⁠

Read the full article “Choosing the right cedar for your project” by Michael Friendland, owner of Lumbery at https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/choosing-the-right-cedar-for-your-project

Photo: The Lumbery

Cedar is a lightweight, sustainable material with natural resins and oils that make the wood resistant to insects, rot and decay. But faced with a choice between Western Red cedar and Northern White cedar, how do you know which to choose?⁠

Read the full article “Choosing the right cedar for your project” by Michael Friendland, owner of Lumbery at https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/choosing-the-right-cedar-for-your-project

Photo: The Lumbery

With colder weather upon us, you might be considering ways to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system.⁠Heat...
11/05/2021

With colder weather upon us, you might be considering ways to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system.⁠

Heat pumps are an excellent, eco-friendly choice that can reduce your utility bills as well as your carbon emissions. Watch the recording of our Home + Energy Chat on heat pumps to learn more – available https://greenmainehomes.com/home-energy-chats/#ep5

Photo courtesy of Royal River Heat Pumps

With colder weather upon us, you might be considering ways to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system.⁠

Heat pumps are an excellent, eco-friendly choice that can reduce your utility bills as well as your carbon emissions. Watch the recording of our Home + Energy Chat on heat pumps to learn more – available https://greenmainehomes.com/home-energy-chats/#ep5

Photo courtesy of Royal River Heat Pumps

We’ve always said that the future of cars is electric – and Ford’s upcoming release of an all-electric F-150 signals tha...
11/03/2021
EV Adoption Accelerates | Green & Healthy Maine

We’ve always said that the future of cars is electric – and Ford’s upcoming release of an all-electric F-150 signals that this future may soon become the present. And did you know that in a recent survey by Plug in America, Maine was voted 9th in the nation for supporting the EV driver?⁠

In our new article “EV Adoption Accelerates,” Barry Woods, Director of EV Innovation at ReVision Energy considers where Maine is now with EV adoption, and where we'll be in the next 10 years. Read it at https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/ev-adoption-accelerates

Pictured: Free public charging station in Norway, ME. Photo by Fred Garbo.

BY BARRY WOODS For several years, I’ve said that when the first electric pickup arrives, my task to promote Electric Vehicles (EVs) will be over. Granted, this was a tongue-in-cheek pronouncement, but the significance of expanding EVs to the most popular consumer vehicle platform is not to be u

Attention building professionals: Efficiency Maine is offering free virtual workshops this November on code provisions a...
10/29/2021

Attention building professionals: Efficiency Maine is offering free virtual workshops this November on code provisions and best practices for compliance with the 2015 International Conservation Code.⁠

Each workshop will be presented three times, so pick the one that works best for your schedule! Visit https://greenmainehomes.com/events to register for a workshop.

Attention building professionals: Efficiency Maine is offering free virtual workshops this November on code provisions and best practices for compliance with the 2015 International Conservation Code.⁠

Each workshop will be presented three times, so pick the one that works best for your schedule! Visit https://greenmainehomes.com/events to register for a workshop.

Few words are scarier to homeowners than “mold.” Yes, mold can be serious. But it doesn’t have to be terrifying. Tune in...
10/28/2021

Few words are scarier to homeowners than “mold.” Yes, mold can be serious. But it doesn’t have to be terrifying. Tune into our next Home + Energy Chat on November 16th for a conversation on what makes mold thrive and how to prevent it from growing out of control in your home.
Bring your questions for indoor air quality experts from Maine Indoor Air Quality Council and Northeast Laboratory Services!
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2216310422000/WN_wumoIaUoSEekhiv1dNDrhg

Few words are scarier to homeowners than “mold.” Yes, mold can be serious. But it doesn’t have to be terrifying. Tune into our next Home + Energy Chat on November 16th for a conversation on what makes mold thrive and how to prevent it from growing out of control in your home.
Bring your questions for indoor air quality experts from Maine Indoor Air Quality Council and Northeast Laboratory Services!
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2216310422000/WN_wumoIaUoSEekhiv1dNDrhg

Earlier this year, Maine adopted the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), replacing the 2009 IECC. This m...
10/25/2021
What's your number? Maine's new building codes | Green & Healthy Maine

Earlier this year, Maine adopted the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), replacing the 2009 IECC. This means big changes mandated for insulation, air tightness, ventilation, climate zones and more. ⁠

Read the full article “What’s your number? Maine’s new building codes” for an in depth look at the 2015 IECC. Written by Dan Kolbert (Kolbert Building): https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/whats-your-number-maines-new-building-codes

Photo: Ben Bogie

BY DAN KOLBERT THIS COLUMN’S NUMBER IS A YEAR. It represents a step both back and forward in time. The year is 2015. Specifically, the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This is the energy code recently adopted by the state of Maine, replacing the 2009 version that was in force th

In case you missed it, the Green & Healthy Maine Homes Magazine October newsletter has articles and resources on green h...
10/24/2021

In case you missed it, the Green & Healthy Maine Homes Magazine October newsletter has articles and resources on green home solutions that can help you create healthy, comfortable, and sustainable Maine homes, including an update on Maine’s new building codes, how to choose the right cedar for your project, the continued growth of electric vehicles in Maine and more!
Read the latest at https://conta.cc/3DjTeMz

In case you missed it, the Green & Healthy Maine Homes Magazine October newsletter has articles and resources on green home solutions that can help you create healthy, comfortable, and sustainable Maine homes, including an update on Maine’s new building codes, how to choose the right cedar for your project, the continued growth of electric vehicles in Maine and more!
Read the latest at https://conta.cc/3DjTeMz

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our most recent Home + Energy Chat about the benefits of local wood!If you couldn’t m...
10/22/2021
Home + Energy Chats | Green & Healthy Maine

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our most recent Home + Energy Chat about the benefits of local wood!
If you couldn’t make it, the recording is now available on our website: greenmainehomes.com/home-energy-chats/#ep6.

And thank you to our expert panelists from Lumbery, Local Wood WORKS Maine, and The Maine Wood Treaters, Inc. for answering all our questions about Maine wood!

Green & Healthy Maine HOMES magazine presents Home + Energy Chats, a webinar series on a variety of topics for anyone interested in healthy home improvements.

Have you registered for the next Home + Energy Chats webinar yet? Chat with the experts this Tuesday about why you shoul...
10/06/2021

Have you registered for the next Home + Energy Chats webinar yet? Chat with the experts this Tuesday about why you should choose local Maine wood for your next project and where you can find it. 🪵 🌲

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7816310399013/WN_mfJgYeuyTYOKym2-b7M26Q

#sustainablemaine #greenmainehomes #locallumber #lumber #greenbuilding #buylocal #shoplocal #homeprojects #sustainablebuilding #highefficiency #mainebuilders #hometrends #homemagazine #sustainableliving #buildmaine #maine

Have you registered for the next Home + Energy Chats webinar yet? Chat with the experts this Tuesday about why you should choose local Maine wood for your next project and where you can find it. 🪵 🌲

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7816310399013/WN_mfJgYeuyTYOKym2-b7M26Q

#sustainablemaine #greenmainehomes #locallumber #lumber #greenbuilding #buylocal #shoplocal #homeprojects #sustainablebuilding #highefficiency #mainebuilders #hometrends #homemagazine #sustainableliving #buildmaine #maine

We considered these photos for this fall’s cover. Which photo would you have picked?⁠⁠⁠⁠Slide 1: Vintage slate chalkboar...
10/05/2021

We considered these photos for this fall’s cover. Which photo would you have picked?⁠⁠
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Slide 1: Vintage slate chalkboards pulled from an old schoolhouse accent the wood stove hearth in this solar farmhouse designed by @mottramarch and built by @livesolarmaine. The wood beams were rescued from a Bowdoin College fraternity house, and the corbels from yet another Maine farmhouse. ⁠⁠
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Slide 2 & 3: Can you believe this high performance house in Falmouth was once a barn without insulation or running water? It was important to the homeners to repurpose and preserve many of the barn’s original features through the remodel … including a floor built from World War II ship hatches! Designed by @briburn_architecture and built by @emerald_builders. ⁠⁠
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We love both of these projects because they showcase so beautifully the warmth, history, and sense of place that can only come from using materials that have aged over time in new and unexpected ways. It was hard to choose, but #3 is the cover of the Fall edition. ⁠⁠
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Read about building with repurposed and salvaged materials in the article “Purposefully Repurposed” – available in the fall issue of @greenmainehomes! Subscribe online via the link in our bio. ⁠⁠
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#greenhealthymaine #greenmainehomes #greenbuilding #healthyhomes #efficienthome #passivehouse #greenhomes #hometrends #homemagazine #greenmagazine #sustainableliving #sustainablemaine #mainehomes #maine #highefficiency

We considered these photos for this fall’s cover of Green & Healthy Maine HOMES. Which photo would you have picked?Slide...
10/01/2021

We considered these photos for this fall’s cover of Green & Healthy Maine HOMES. Which photo would you have picked?

Slide 1: Vintage slate chalkboards pulled from an old schoolhouse accent the wood stove hearth in this solar farmhouse designed by @mottramarch and built by @livesolarmaine. The wood beams were rescued from a Bowdoin College fraternity house, and the corbels from yet another Maine farmhouse.

Slide 2 & 3: Can you believe this high performance house in Falmouth was once a barn without insulation or running water? It was important to the homeowners to repurpose and preserve many of the barn’s original features through the remodel … including a floor built from World War II ship hatches! Designed by @briburn_architecture and built by @emerald_builders.

We love both of these projects because they showcase so beautifully the warmth, history, and sense of place that can only come from using materials that have aged over time in new and unexpected ways. It was hard to choose, but #3 is the cover of the Fall edition.

Read about building with repurposed and salvaged materials in the article “Purposefully Repurposed” – available in the fall issue of @greenmainehomes! Subscribe online at greenmainehomes.com/subscribe.

Photography: Michael D. Wilson @mwphotographic (1) Francois Gagne @fgagne31 (2,3)

Engineers, general contractors, specifiers - interested in learning about foam glass gravel, a low embodied carbon produ...
09/28/2021

Engineers, general contractors, specifiers - interested in learning about foam glass gravel, a low embodied carbon product that can streamline jobsite complexities?

@glavel_inc will be demoing the material this Thursday & Friday at @performancebuildingsupply in Portland. Registration is requested. Reserve your spot at www.glavel.com/demo-days-portland/

Photo: Oliver Parini

Engineers, general contractors, specifiers - interested in learning about foam glass gravel, a low embodied carbon product that can streamline jobsite complexities?

@glavel_inc will be demoing the material this Thursday & Friday at @performancebuildingsupply in Portland. Registration is requested. Reserve your spot at www.glavel.com/demo-days-portland/

Photo: Oliver Parini

When deciding whether to renovate or rebuild, the important questions to consider include: "Does your house possess good...
09/27/2021

When deciding whether to renovate or rebuild, the important questions to consider include: "Does your house possess good bones?" and "Can it be renovated or rehabilitated to become more efficient?"

Tearing down and replacing a house with new construction is not the best environmental choice. From the archives, we explore balancing efficiency strategies in older homes. Read at https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/2018/11/15/historic-performance?rq=historic%20performance

When deciding whether to renovate or rebuild, the important questions to consider include: "Does your house possess good bones?" and "Can it be renovated or rehabilitated to become more efficient?"

Tearing down and replacing a house with new construction is not the best environmental choice. From the archives, we explore balancing efficiency strategies in older homes. Read at https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/2018/11/15/historic-performance?rq=historic%20performance

In case you missed it, the September newsletter has articles and resources on green home solutions that can help you cre...
09/25/2021

In case you missed it, the September newsletter has articles and resources on green home solutions that can help you create healthy, comfortable, and sustainable Maine homes!
Read the latest at https://conta.cc/38PzvHp

In case you missed it, the September newsletter has articles and resources on green home solutions that can help you create healthy, comfortable, and sustainable Maine homes!
Read the latest at https://conta.cc/38PzvHp

Hot off the press...this fall's issue! Building with reused, reclaimed and salvaged materials; charting a retrofit road ...
09/23/2021

Hot off the press...this fall's issue! Building with reused, reclaimed and salvaged materials; charting a retrofit road map for Maine; designing a home for a woman with chemical sensitivities; and so much more. ⁠

There's still time to subscribe and receive the new issue! A year's subscription includes the @greenhealthymaine SUMMER Guide and WINTER Guide and two issues of @greenmainehomes. Subscribe online: https://greenmainehomes.com/subscribe

Hot off the press...this fall's issue! Building with reused, reclaimed and salvaged materials; charting a retrofit road map for Maine; designing a home for a woman with chemical sensitivities; and so much more. ⁠

There's still time to subscribe and receive the new issue! A year's subscription includes the @greenhealthymaine SUMMER Guide and WINTER Guide and two issues of @greenmainehomes. Subscribe online: https://greenmainehomes.com/subscribe

Happy Friday! Anyone starting to see fall foliage peeking through? 🍂
09/10/2021

Happy Friday! Anyone starting to see fall foliage peeking through? 🍂

Happy Friday! Anyone starting to see fall foliage peeking through? 🍂

If you’re thinking about #heatpumps for your home, you won’t want to miss the upcoming episode of Home + Energy Chats: A...
09/08/2021

If you’re thinking about #heatpumps for your home, you won’t want to miss the upcoming episode of Home + Energy Chats: Are Heat Pumps Right for my Home? this Tuesday, 9/14!

https://www.facebook.com/events/330246352117428

register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4516286158329/WN_SPJqLCF_QOmCti_GKjX2uQ

If you’re thinking about #heatpumps for your home, you won’t want to miss the upcoming episode of Home + Energy Chats: Are Heat Pumps Right for my Home? this Tuesday, 9/14!

https://www.facebook.com/events/330246352117428

register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4516286158329/WN_SPJqLCF_QOmCti_GKjX2uQ

Happy Friday and happy Labor Day Weekend! Here’s to a relaxing time at home with family and friends.
09/03/2021

Happy Friday and happy Labor Day Weekend! Here’s to a relaxing time at home with family and friends.

Happy Friday and happy Labor Day Weekend! Here’s to a relaxing time at home with family and friends.

At Addie Peet Design / AP Floorcloth Design, the eponymous founder creates striking, durable, functional painted floorcl...
08/29/2021

At Addie Peet Design / AP Floorcloth Design, the eponymous founder creates striking, durable, functional painted floorcloths out of natural canvas in a 30-step process that results in a perfect(ly beautiful) solution for high-traffic areas in the home. Peet’s been instrumental in bringing back this lost art—with a strikingly modern aesthetic. And spills, drips or footprints disappear with a pass or two of a damp cloth or mop.

Learn more about Addie Peet Design and other textile artists in Maine here: https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/2021/8/19/uncommon-thread-fresh-home-textiles-from-maine

Photo: Wylde Photography

At Addie Peet Design / AP Floorcloth Design, the eponymous founder creates striking, durable, functional painted floorcloths out of natural canvas in a 30-step process that results in a perfect(ly beautiful) solution for high-traffic areas in the home. Peet’s been instrumental in bringing back this lost art—with a strikingly modern aesthetic. And spills, drips or footprints disappear with a pass or two of a damp cloth or mop.

Learn more about Addie Peet Design and other textile artists in Maine here: https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/2021/8/19/uncommon-thread-fresh-home-textiles-from-maine

Photo: Wylde Photography

The ol’ log cabin gets a remake with modern amenities and better energy performance.Pictured here, the first log cabin h...
08/28/2021

The ol’ log cabin gets a remake with modern amenities and better energy performance.

Pictured here, the first log cabin home to receive LEED certification in Nottingham, New Hampshire. It includes grid-tied solar, a geothermal heat pump system for heating, cooling and hot water, along with smart energy monitors. The total annual energy bill in this high performance home? $200. Courtesy photo.

Read more here: https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/log-cabins-performance-makeover

The ol’ log cabin gets a remake with modern amenities and better energy performance.

Pictured here, the first log cabin home to receive LEED certification in Nottingham, New Hampshire. It includes grid-tied solar, a geothermal heat pump system for heating, cooling and hot water, along with smart energy monitors. The total annual energy bill in this high performance home? $200. Courtesy photo.

Read more here: https://greenmainehomes.com/blog/log-cabins-performance-makeover

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Green & Healthy Maine HOMES is a magazine and website dedicated to inspiring real Maine homes that are as healthy for the people who live in them as they are for the planet.

Created and published by The SunriseGuide, Green & Healthy Maine HOMES provides expert advice, informative interviews, profiles of high performing Maine homes, and cutting-edge information about both new and tried-and-true technologies for making Maine homes healthy, comfortable, affordable, efficient and sustainable.

From energy audits to air sealing and insulation, solar panels to heat pumps, and edible landscapes to urban homesteading, we explore the options and show you how they are being implemented in Maine.

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It was nice to meet Heather Chandler at the Governor's Tourism Conference earlier this month. Reading one of the issues given away at your table, I saw that you spent time as a child on Nantucket, hence my posting this story.
It was nice to meet Heather Chandler at the Governor's Tourism Conference earlier this month. Reading one of the issues given away at your table, I saw that you spent time as a child on Nantucket, hence my posting this story.
It was nice to meet Heather Chandler at the Governor's Tourism Conference earlier this month. Reading one of the issues given away at your table, I saw that you spent time as a child on Nantucket, hence my posting this story.