For Pat Roma, a carpentry student at Portland Arts and Technology High School, it makes sense to learn how to build an energy-efficient house.

“It saves on energy costs and it helps the environment,” Roma said. “Probably, sooner or later, everything’s going to be built this way.” The regional vocational school, which serves students from 23 high schools, is reinvigorating its carpentry program this year with a green home-building curriculum developed by Frank Kehough.

Kehough’s students are building what he hopes will be the school’s first LEED-certified house, using materials and techniques that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s the first house that PATHS has produced in five years – a lull that Kehough attributes to a decline in carpentry students. He hopes his revamped program will tap interest in green construction and help reverse that trend.”

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