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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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…