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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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

Unloading Zola Windows

shipping container arrival We are really excited to represent Zola windows in the greater Northwest region, but until yesterday we hadn’t actually brought an order to our territory. Getting a container from Poland to a construction site in Bozeman is pretty exciting- this post addresses the details of what to expect when unloading Zola windows from the container.…

Crawlspace Improvements Part 1

bad crawlspace insulation Many people are familiar with the health risks associated with the presence of radon in the crawlspace of a home. This post looks at one strategy for a crawlspace improvement that addresses 3 additional comfort and health issues that commonly stem from crawlspaces:
  • Warm, moist air from the living space leaks into the crawlspace and comes in contact with cold concrete walls and cold rim joists, resulting in condensation and mold growth.

Past Community Media

montana natural history center insulation
Our team working the man-lift to insulate the Montana Natural History Center.
Energetechs has been serving Missoula and the Bitterroot valley communities with green building contracting services for over 25 years. Gary, the founder started by selling heat recovery ventilation systems and specialty energy conservation products out of his shop in Victor.…
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