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Matt Power

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues.

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The Promise of Good Ideas

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 6, 2014 5:21:00 AM

Before you say "nothing ever changes," here are five energy and water-saving innovations to be grateful for this holiday season.

EACH YEAR, we update and “remodel” our special Homeowner's Handbook for homeowners and would-be homeowners. (Free download available here). The publication isn’t just for the general public, of course. It’s a tool for green professionals: a free, easy-to-follow how-to guide that can be shared with clients and potential clients, so that they enter the building/remodeling process with a basic understanding of why green building matters—and which systems are critical to a high-performance home.

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New Sliding Door System Makes Small House Design Easier

Posted by Matt Power

Nov 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

I really like products like this new hardware package from Johnson Hardware.

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Green Roof Calculator Shows Expected Energy Savings

Posted by Matt Power

Nov 19, 2014 11:46:00 AM

This handy calculator gives you a quick look at what kinds of energy savings you might expect by switching to a green roof from a conventional dark or white roof. The calculator works for both new construction (ASHRAE 90.1-2004) and old construction (pre-ASHRAE 90.1-2004) office and residential buildings.

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Upgrading to a New Appliance is Often the Greenest Choice

Posted by Matt Power

Nov 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM

I'm often asked whether replacing an appliance is worth the cost--both in real dollars and in potential reductions in environmental impacts. The answer is yes to both.

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French Garage Converted to Tiny House (Video)

Posted by Matt Power

Nov 12, 2014 10:55:00 AM

You can see borrow some great ideas for getting multiple uses out of a very small space in this video about a garage in France converted into a flexible apartment. It includes movable walls, changeable spaces and more.

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