Bright Built Barn Wins 2009 LEED for Homes Innovative Project Award

Receiving the Leed for Homes Innovative Project Award Photo courtesy Bright Built Barn blog The Bright Built Barn recently won the prestigious 2009 LEED for Homes Innovative Project Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The award recognizes projects, developers and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. Phil Kaplan… Read more

Redfern House in Portland Receives Platinum LEED Certification

The Redfern House in Portland, Maine Achieved a LEED Platinum rating We were impressed when we heard that the designers of the Redfern House intended to build a home so efficient that it would not need a fossil fuel boiler (no oil nor gas) – even in Maine’s cold climate! The finished product has exceeded… Read more

Terry Mclveen of East Waterboro

Since the April 2009 solar installation, Terry McIlveen has reduced his oil consumption by 83%. He is using a 120-tube Apricus solar hot water collector array to produce nearly 100% of domestic hot water and a significant portion of radiant space heating. In the first half of 2008, as the price of oil started to… Read more

Solar Space Heating & Solar Electricity in Lincolnville, Maine

This Lincolnville, Maine installation has 90 evacuated tubes (at top) and 20 solar electric panels arranged between the skylights. Cynthia Lao has taken a giant step away from fossil fuel energy dependence by converting almost every inch of her south-facing roof to solar energy collection. At the peak is a 90-tube Apricus solar hot water… Read more

Couple from England Builds Solar Home in Downeast Maine

Ann Logan and Chris Eccles left England in 2006 to build a new home in Maine. Ann, a US citizen with family ties to Maine knew that Maine had attractive sunny summers, but that winters could be long and cold. Building a home with energy efficient systems in place would ensure low energy costs for… Read more

Redfern House, a Platinum LEED Home, Now Available to View

The Redfern House, a Gold LEED Certified Home, is Available for Viewing A newly constructed home located in Portland is expected to receive a Gold rating from the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Program. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and provides a set of standards for environmentally… Read more

Solar Open House May 21st, 2009

A solar power project completed this week in New Hampshire – clean energy is ready to go! Join us May 21st from 6-7:30pm for a Solar Open House Event! This event will be located at 12 October Farm Lane in Cumberland, Maine 04021. The homeowners have Apricus evacuated tube collectors installed on their south facing… Read more

Space Heating with Solar Power in Richmond, Maine

Randy Lane, proud owner of a ReVision Energy solar hot water system, is going to be opening up his home at 8 Abby Lane in Richmond, Maine on Thursday April 16th from 6-7:30pm. This will be ReVision Energy’s first ‘sponsored’ Solar House Party event and we hope you consider joining in the fun! Randy, a… Read more

New York Times Takes Notice of BrightBuilt Barn

BrightBuilt Barn located in Rockport, Maine is a super insulated energy efficient prefabricated house designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects, a Portland based firm. This home was created to be net zero, meaning it will be relying on its energy supply from renewable energy resources. The building is connected to the grid but is designed to… Read more