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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.…

Passive Solar Design Basics

Passive Solar doesn't have to look weird to fit the bill. Andrew Lemann Designs, used with permission. Passive Solar Design is a term that has been popular in the “green” and “natural” building communities since the early 1970’s.  Recently, this term has gotten a lot of press in conjunction with the “PassiveHouse” movement from Germany. Either way, getting “passive solar” principles to really work as they are intended requires careful planning and execution.  …

Simon Sinek Asks Why?

Our team has gotten really inspired by this TED talk by Simon Sinek.  When we got to thinking about it, this is how we think it applies to our firm: Energetechs is: -a team of people that believe our buildings should enrich our quality of life, our community, and our natural environment.  

Windows for Passive Solar Houses

thermal energy transfer, solar heat gain The term “Passive Solar” has been common in the design world for over 40 years, but often we talk to people who are still not clear on what exactly this means.  This post is about one precise definition of it means to have a “Passive Solar” house and why your windows are probably one of the most overlooked renewable energy systems available.…
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