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First Net-Zero Multi-Family Building in Region to Open

How Twin Pines Set the New Gold Standard for Sustainable, Multi-Family Living

When it opens this fall, Tracy Community Housing will be a sleek, stylish and sustainable addition to West Lebanon’s residential area. Photos courtesy of Twin Pines Housing.

Chris Gillespie

Affordable housing developer Twin Pines Housing Trust will make history this fall by […]

The Counterattack Against Clean Energy Is Collapsing

Carl Pope

Carl Pope

For two years, the cabal of fossil fools surrounding Donald Trump have leveraged an impulsive president’s loathing of his predecessor, tapped their reactionary right-wing networks, mobilized coal and oil lobbies and political donations, and thrown themselves vigorously into two missions:

Bring back the coal industry and stop the “Stalinist” threat […]

Floods, Ice, Fires and Drought

Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg reached New York after crossing the Atlantic Ocean on an emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg does not travel by air due to the associated carbon emissions.

Alan Betts

Water is everything to our planet. As I write, Greta Thunberg has reached New York after crossing the Atlantic in fifteen days on a racing […]

Saving the Earth from Climate Change

Sunny-day flooding in Miami happens because of rising seas. Photo: B137, Wikimedia Commons,

George Harvey

Climate situation is rather like a fire in the kitchen. If you act on it right away, it might be possible to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but if you wait five […]

Acceptance vs. Belief

Smog. Image: Diliff, Wikimedia Creative

John Bos

In her last ever book “No Time to Spare,” Ursula Le Guin writes that if someone asked her if she believed in evolution, she would answer “no.”

As a long-time fan of Le Guin’s writing, I knew that she had something up her literary sleeve. She then […]

Ground Zero: An Adventure in Net-zero Energy Building

The finished house featuring the photovoltaic array solar panels on the roof of the garage. Photo: NESEA.

Jenna Batchelder

To the untrained eye, the Eisinger net-zero energy (NZE) house in Keene, New York, would seem like any other single-family Adirondack homestead. The roof-mounted solar panels aside, the 1974-square-foot home is conventional looking, maybe even […]

AeroBarrier Case Study: Partial Renovation of 1700’s Brick Colonial

Nate Gusakov

This is the third article in our series highlighting our experiences installing AeroBarrier around New England– here’s a quick refresher on the technology:

AeroBarrier installation is underway for the 1700’s brick home. Images courtesy of Nate Gusakov.

AeroBarrier® is a patented, cutting-edge envelope sealing system that simultaneously measures and seals building envelope […]

Buildings to Cool the Climate

Images courtesy of Bionova Ltd.³

Kai Starn

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), viewed as the most credible source of climate change research, issued an alarming report¹ on October 2018 removing all doubt on this critical topic. Absent aggressive action, the atmosphere will warm up by as much as 2.7° F above […]

Community Outreach Strategies to Drive Renewable Heating

Heating with a ground source heat pump is an effective way to reduce emissions.

Val Stori

Space and water heating represent a large portion of the energy used in homes in the Northeast. Most of this energy comes from fossil fuels, and combined, space and water heating account for 60 to 70 percent of […]

Keeping Warm with Our Masonry Heater

A masonry heater uses wood efficiently and can be the primary heat source for your home. Dogs like them, too. Image: Dan Crosby.

Dan Crosby, Local Energy $olutions

We have no oil furnace. Instead, we heat our 1900 sq. ft. home in Bethlehem, NH by burning 3.5 to 4 cords of wood […]