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Rethinking Our Approach to Insulation

an attic with a window

  by Rachel White In 2018, the International Government Panel on Climate Change put the world on notice: to avert catastrophic and irreversible climate change we would have to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. And to hold warming to this level, we would need to cut global emissions roughly in… Read more »

The Road Ahead

black lives matter and social justics

by Rachel White It’s hard to remember a time when I have felt as riven by conflicting emotions as I have these past couple of months. Despair and hope. Conviction and doubt. Joy and sadness. And just as it felt like we were coming through the first dark leg of our journey through the pandemic,… Read more »

The All Electric Home

electric home

by Rachel White and Paul Eldrenkamp Even before the September 2018 gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, we were encouraging homeowners to wean themselves from the gas grid. To be honest, we weren’t all that concerned about explosions, and we still aren’t. Although we don’t want to diminish the tragedy that occurred, we… Read more »

Managing a Job for Success

by Kristina Eldrenkamp This past fall, Byggmeister organized a workshop for lead carpenters on project management. The goal was to exchange ideas and best practices for launching and running an on-time, on-budget job. The event’s attendees were lead carpenters and project managers from the peer-review business network that Byggmeister participates in, Bottom Lines. The Bottom… Read more »

Sound Decisions: Designing for Acoustical Comfort

Alicia Larsen

by Rachel White Over the course of our 30+ years in business we could count on two hands the number of renovations where acoustics played a major role. While we have occasionally been asked to provide sound isolation, on the vast majority of projects acoustics aren’t even discussed. To some extent this makes perfect sense;… Read more »

Bringing Your Renovation To Life

by Rachel White Designing a renovation is a collaborative process at Byggmeister. Between the time we first visit a house and sign a construction contract, several members of our planning group will have had a hand in developing the project. For more than a decade Karin Mahdavi has been a key member of this team. An… Read more »

Planning For Net Zero Energy

new south elevation

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 »