Author: Mariah Morgan

The Best Little Internship in Massachusetts

a conversation about internships by Paul Eldrenkamp The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) is a ratepayer-funded public agency charged with promoting the clean energy sector in Massachusetts. One of its objectives is to promote “workforce training in clean energy technology at the commonwealth’s public institutions of higher education.” To that end, it has created an invaluable internship program for... Read more »

Planning For Net Zero Energy

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by Rachel White This is the second in a series of posts on a deep energy retrofit project in Lexington (click here to read the first post and here to read the third). We’re aiming for net zero energy: a house with such a low energy load that roof-top solar panels can provide as much energy as… Read more »

Sustainability, Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian apartment building by Paul Eldrenkamp This past October I was in Sweden and Denmark with four colleagues from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). We were on a study tour of sustainable design and green building practices in Scandinavia, a trip inspired by a similar tour we did of Upper Austria and Saxony four years ago. My traveling... Read more »

Preparing a Historic Home for the Next 100 Years

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by Paul Eldrenkamp We’re passionate about fixing older homes. Most if not all of our projects could be summed up as follows: we adapted a dated, inefficient, and dysfunctional, but otherwise solidly-built home to meet the needs of its 21st century occupants. But what does it mean to prepare a house for the 21st century?… Read more »

Why and How We Strive to Avoid Additions

view of kitchen with dining area by Rachel White It's easy to solve a client's problem by adding square feet with an addition. The living room is cluttered with toys and games? Just add a family room! There isn't enough space to eat in the kitchen? Just bump out to create a breakfast nook! Time and again we encounter clients who... Read more »