Building Science: Volume 1, Issue 3

Building Science: Volume 1, Issue 3
SEON’s Sustainable Energy Outreach Network Newsletter
In this issue
• Message from the Executive Director
Our members in action!
• SEON Training
• Quote of the Month
• Interesting Links
• Welcome New Members
• Thank you, Members
Message From SEON’s Executive Director
Welcome to spring!
Here are some of our highlights from the month of March.
► We are now on Instagram! Come follow us at @buildingsciencetoday
► You will notice our website is broadening our outreach to include homeowners. We want homeowners to see our website as a valuable source of information even if some might consider it very elementary. Embedded in that information will be SEON’s value orientation for builders with a commitment to high-performance construction and continuous learning of all members of the team.
► We still have some SEON’s spring courses available to take. Please see below or go to:
► SEON has now started a category on our website: Recommended by SEON. Why? Because we want to do all we can for our members – starting with reviewing and recommending their products for the public, for builders, for future builders, for the world. Our first recommendation is: GoLab’s new product—TimberFill—is available April 1. Read about it here.
► If you are interested in having a product or service reviewed, please contact me:
Guy Payne
Executive Director

Our Members in Action – Then & Now
• Look at Robert Swinburne’s photo on his initial planning sketches for an addition / renovation for “my very first client. Late 1990’s.” @robertswinburne on Instagram
Can you guess what the contraption was in the middle of this basement floor? (Peter Yost)
• The program was simple. Garage on the ground floor with a conditioned family room above. And maybe you could reuse some of the timbers from the old barn in the new space? (Mindel and Morse)
• Waterproof plaster you didn’t know you needed. (Hempstone)
Blower Door Testing: Hand-in-Hand with Commissioning (Mike LaCrosse / CXAssociates)
• What Are the Benefits of Attic Insulation? (Farnum Insulators)
• Here’s a Brattleboro Before and After, by Owl’s Head Builders.
Plans For A Sustainable Future (New Wright Builders Owner)
• This new line of Diablo Cutting Wheels and Sanding Discs. (WW Building Supply)
Four Key Reasons for Building with a Vented Rainscreen. (475 High Performance Building Supply)
A Well-Designed Life Means Bringing the Outside In (Sierra Pacific Windows)
Quote of the Month
Insulation isn’t just about meeting code requirements, it’s also not just about “filling the cavity.” Rockwool
(@rockwoolna on Instagram)
Interesting Links
► An alternative to copper that’s less carbon-intensive?
► lithium hydroxide conversion plant, the Guben Converter, in Germany will be the first of its kind in Europe.
The Rollout of Virtual Power Plants.
Welcome New Members
Housewright Construction, Inc, Newbury, VT
Thank You Returning Members
• All Seasons Construction, Springfield, VT
• Duane Case, Bellows Falls, VT
• Farnum Insulators, Dummerston, VT
• GPI Construction, Inc Brattleboro, VT
• HELM Construction Solutions LLC, Brattleboro, VT
• Integrated Solar Applications Corp. Brattleboro, VT
• JA Saccoccio Workshop PLLC, Brattleboro, VT
• Mindel & Morse Builders, Brattleboro, VT
Owl’s Head Builders, Guilford, VT
• Sierra Pacific Windows, Red Bluff, CA
Silver Maple Construction/Zone 6 Energy, New Haven, VT
The Wadsworth Company LLC, Jamaica, VT
• Wright Builders, Inc, Northampton, MA
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