We have divided our resources topics under four main subject headings Our Natural Home & Sanctuary
(aspects of design), Your Natural Home & Sanctuary (aspects of design), Building Topics and
Related Important Topics. This was a somewhat arbitrary process as so many of the topics fit under
two, if not more, of the main subject headings.

Such is the nature of the interconnecting, interdependent systems that support life on planet Earth.

If your time permits make sure to check out the other resource subject headings.

Please note that these resource pages are not complete or comprehensive. The listings are samplings
of interesting internet sites and books to whet your interest and get you started if you aren’t already.

If you have suggestions for additional relevant listings drop us a line and let us know.

Sustainable, Energy Efficient, Healthy Building Techniques and Materials:

Web Link to pages of Sustainable, Energy Efficient, Healthy Building Techniques and Materials:
Optimum Value Engineering/Advanced Framing:

Drainage Planes and Wall Systems:
This link will give you a very good overview of the importance of drainage planes with air spaces in a
well designed and built wall system:

LifeTime Wood Treatment for Non-Toxic Exterior wood finishing:

Home Slicker Rainscreen:

Durability and Energy Conservation

Once constructed a building becomes a machine that “needs to be fed.” The more durable the building the
longer it is around. The longer the building is around the more energy it consumes. Durable buildings need
to be ultra energy efficient in order to be sustainable. Durability and energy efficiency are the cornerstones
of sustainability.

One of the lessons of durability learned through failure is that as energy efficiency is increased durability
is typically compromised. How can this be? One of the key elements of energy efficient building enclosures
is a high level of thermal insulation. However, as thermal insulation levels are increased, the rate of building
enclosure drying decreases. This affects building durability as it affects the moisture balance.

Another lesson of durability linked to energy conservation learned through failure is that insulating sheathings,
a key element of energy efficient building enclosures are prone to insect infestation. Ground contact insulating
sheathings can act as “insect interstates” that provide pathways into buildings. The failures associated with
ground contact insulating sheathings lead to a building code prohibition for their use in regions with a high
probability of termite damage.

Finally, one of the most poignant lessons of durability linked to energy conservation learned through failure
is the one of CO poisoning. As the air tightness of building enclosures increases, the ability of combustion
appliances to function is compromised. The durability issue here is the durability of the occupant. The
failures associated with combustion appliances lead to building code changes and the development of new
equipment and systems to address the failures.

The key role of water control in the durability of buildings has been long recognized and some good guidance
on water control in buildings exists. Unfortunately, the guidelines on water control are not tuned or adapted to
different uses and climates.

Additionally, what is missing is guidance on heat, ultra-violet radiation and insects. If the historical lessons
of failure are matched with the appropriate physics and engineering judgment guidelines for the control of
water, heat, ultra-violet radiation and insects can be developed for use in a practical durability standard
and risk assessment protocol for use by designers, engineers, architects and contractors.

Building Science Corporation:

The DOE’s Build America Program:
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Further Reading on Sustainable, Energy Efficient, Healthy Building Techniques and Materials:
The Natural Plaster Book: Earth, Lime and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes
By Cedar Rose Guelberth & Dan Chiras
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The Carbon Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit
By Stephen and Rebekah Hren
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Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood
By Watershed Media
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Links to Building Materials Manufactures and Products:
Windows and Doors by Kohltech:

Cellulose Insulation:

Low-E Radiant Barrier Insulation:

Fantech Ventilation Systems:

Kitchen and Bath Cabinetry Components by Keystone Wood Specialties:

Blum Cabinet Hardware:

Video for Blummotion:

Landark Wood Finishes:

Another plant derived interior wood finishing oil we like is

Tried and True Wood Finishes:

Nippa Sauna Stoves:

Maine Green Building Supply, Fox Street in Portland:

Shift Sustainable Home Goods, Maine Street Brunswick:

Other Energy Efficiency Resources:

Web Sites for more information on Energy Efficiency in homes and elsewhere:
Rocky Mountain Institute. RMI’s vision is a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, for ever.
Our mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources.

Midcoast Green Collaborative:

EarthTechling: Green technology news, features, and product reviews for all Earthlings.

Sustainable Sources Green Building Information Passive Solar Design:

Wikipedia on Passive Solar Design:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Savers Program:

US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory PDF of Passive Solar Design:

US DOE Office of Building Technology Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Passive Solar Design Fact Sheet:

Further Reading on Energy Efficiency
The Carbon Busters Home Energy Handbook: Slowing Climate Change and Saving Money
By Godo Stoyke

The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money Making Your House Energy Smart.
By Paul Scheckel

Small is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size.
By Amory Lovins et al.

Links for Home (and Commercial) Energy Audits in Maine:
Efficiency Maine, a program of the Maine Public Utilities Commision:


Maine Housing Authority list of Certified Energy Auditors:


Midcoast Marble and Granite

George Doughty Plumbing, Heating and Solar Hot Water:

Maine Wood Heat for Masonry Wood Heaters


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