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Sustainable Business Council Spotlight

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Sub-contracting for Passive House

quality construction, integrated construction team, insulation performance, performance goals, energy performance by Skander Spies A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to present a paper at the North American Passive House Conference (NAPHC). The thesis of the paper was that sub-contractors are often overlooked as essential players in delivering the ultra-low energy bills and exceptional thermal comfort associated with Passive House.…

Winter, Water, and Wood

attic ventilation moisture management by Skander Spies The last few weeks in western Montana have been some of the wettest in history. If you have ever had a roof leak, mold problem, or flooded basement, then you probably already know that wood and water don’t always mix. Often in the process of making buildings more energy efficient, we have the opportunity to address issues related to water.…

Giving Thanks

At Energetechs, our mission is to create buildings that enrich our environment, our community, and our quality of life. This season, we are exceedingly thankful to prove this mission on every working day. We are thankful for our clients that share this mission. We are thankful to be part of a community of people and organizations that also pursue this mission.…

Furnace Replacement Season

dirty furnace filter, bad air quality, by Skander Spies Here at Energetechs we’ve pulled up our gardens and found our hats and gloves for biking to work. Autumn sends all kinds of signals, and chances are that one of them is coming from your furnace. Thinking about winter, many of our clients start asking questions about insulation or air sealing to keep their homes warm and comfortable.…

Energetechs at the Montana Architects Conference

Zola lift slide by Skander Spies Two weeks ago Mark and Skander attended the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Montana meeting in Bozeman, MT. Strangely enough our firm was the only contracting company in the vendor exhibition area.
Skander showcases our newly mounted Zola window sample.
We attended the conference to promote our integrated construction philosophy, showcase our innovative products, and build meaningful relationships.…

Energy Efficiency is an Opportunity

PassiveHouse is here in Montana. Congratulations to The Gallatin Valley Habitat house on completing an awesome project. (Update from 9/26/13, you can now listen to the piece more easily, here.  Scroll to 25:40 to hear my piece directly) Thursday night (9/12/13) on Montana Public Radio, Energetechs Project Manager Skander Spies will be talking about his experience as a member of AERO, and why the proposed energy code updates being debated in Helena next week are a good thing for everyone.…

Investing in Sweaters?

woman in cozy sweater We had a short editorial in the August 4, 2013 Missoulian Home Decor section. We wanted to share it here as well, enjoy! It’s no secret, Montana gets cold in the winter. If you are continually turning up the heat or wearing multiple layers while inside, there’s a good chance your windows are playing a major role in your discomfort and noticeable utility bill.…

How to Build a Passive House with Integrated Design

integrated design team We’ve written a lot about why Passive House is the next big thing in construction, and simply put, actually building one takes a very different process than is typical in American construction. This post is about what design and construction will look like in the future, and how that can result in better buildings for everyone.…

Innovating Passive House in Montana

A Passive House in Washington State, photo by Zola Windows/Artisans Group. Everyone wants to know- “what’s the next big thing?” For those of us in construction, we got our answer from the paper last week. The New York Times ran an article titled The Passive House: Sealed for Freshness in their home and garden section that’s generating a lot of buzz. Passive House is a voluntary standard that guides architects and contractors in creating buildings that use drastically less energy than typical modern buildings.…
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