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Cravy Green Remodel Update II

IMG_0268 Our green remodel for the Cravy family has continued to make great progress through the summer. Since our last update, we’ve installed a few more of our core services and taken some fun photos along the way. We spent a bunch of time in the attic. Ventilation ducting, air sealing, baffles, and insulation were all installed sequentially to ensure that the living space is free from drafts and requires minimal heating.…

A Fun Time at the MREA Clean Energy Fair

We are busy here at Energetechs with tons of energy efficiency projects.  However, last Saturday July 20th we had the opportunity to attend the Montana Clean Energy Fair, put on by the Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA).  What an event!
Setting up for the Montana Clean Energy Fair
There was a keynote address by Montana Governer Steve Bullock, and numerous exhibits by Montana clean energy businesses, workshops on renewable energy led by experts from around the state, live entertainment, food and drinks, a hybrid and electric car show, model solar car races, and other great children’s activities.…

Window Replacement Answers

Img1149-InsideViewatAngle-WindowOpen-LightWood-BlackHardwareOperationa_No_BG We live in Montana and lately that means it’s HOT! Sadly though it will also be very cold again soon. If your windows are falling apart, they are probably uncomfortable to be around in both summer and winter. At Energetechs, our specialty is making your home or office more comfortable, energy efficient, and durable.…

Renewable Energy and Conservation

Reduce loads, then add renewables. The panels on Russ' house are cranking out the juice in winter of 2012. Renewable energy is a hot topic, and the Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is an outstanding advocate for policy and action that makes renewable energy technology more available to everyone. We were grateful to be invited to give a presentation at the Montana Clean Energy Fair (MREA’s biggest event) to discuss how our work on energy conservation in buildings can leverage the power of renewable energy generation even further.…

Why Experts Choose Alpen Windows

Alpen High Performance Windows Alpen High Performance Products (“Alpen”) based out of Boulder, Colorado manufactures super-insulating, thermally efficient residential and commercial windows that incorporate lightweight, suspended-film technology. Alpen also produces super-insulating door and window units used by Energetechs in residential and commercial projects.  Energetechs customers experience optimal design flexibility across all building types and climate zones due to Alpen windows exceptional thermal performance.…

Re-model? Re-duce... Re-Use

2013-06-25 15.45.32 If you stop by our current remodel project, one thing you might notice is there is no dumpster on the job site. It doesn’t fit our values. A gut remodel produces a lot of waste, and it has to go somewhere. It is our job to ensure we recycle as much”waste” as possible either indirectly by re-use, or not wasted at all.…

Cravy Green Remodel Update

Opportunity Resources staff at work With good weather and and tightly knit team, the Cravy project is moving forwards full blast. We wanted to share some photos to illustrate the process of a deep green remodel. This 50’s ranch house had a great foundation and workable layout, but we created a detailed plan with the Cravy family to meet their budget while giving the structure a significant comfort and energy make-over.…

A Summer of Sustainable Building

green remodel clients Our last post talked about spring, but lately it’s felt like full on summer.  This week saw the start of several different projects, each of which outlines a different aspect of sustainable building. This post is just a quick introduction to a few of the projects we will highlight throughout the summer.…

Gardens, Bikes, and Green Buildings

Well, it's a green building cause it's green, right? May in Montana is a good month. Most of our staff start biking to the office, we can reliably work outside in t-shirts, and starting our gardens becomes the after work priority. Each of these things makes our daily lives better- and by coincidence, they also reduce the cost of living and our individual environmental footprints.…

Passive House for Affordable Housing

ravalli energy efficient habitat house We are pleased to announce the opening event for a group called the Passive House Alliance-Northern Rockies chapter. Join us on May 23 from 530-730pm at the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church in Missoula (here) for a presentation titled “Envisioning Affordable Sustainable Housing”. This talk will present how Habitat for Humanity and other groups are incorporating a rigorous green building standard called Passive House into affordable housing projects.…
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