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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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Study: Biomass Plants May Pollute Worse Than Coal

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 15, 2014 1:10:21 PM

New scrutiny finds that large-scale biomass burners, often sold as a "clean" or "sustainable" source of renewable energy, are actually far more polluting than their claims.

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Need a House Moved? Invite Over 80 Amish People. (Video)

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 14, 2014 3:56:14 AM

How many people do you need to lift a house? If the house is one story, 24 by 36 ft., you might pull it off with a few dozen strong Amish. That's what happened in Spartansburg, Pa. Who says humans can't do the work of fossil fuel-powered machines?

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How Much Energy Do Cat Doors Waste?

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 8, 2014 9:19:00 PM

The Bottom Line: Passive leaks around cat doors waste WAY more energy than slow moving cats.

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Wonder Why African Wildlife Killer Kendall Jones is so Popular? Watch the Hunger Games.

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 4, 2014 11:33:51 AM

I won't jump on the bandwagon that's fueling the career  of young Kendall Jones, a teenager who has gained notoriety for killing African Wildlife. But I think the fact that her name is being kicked around on Facebook points to a bigger problem in U.S. culture. 

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Uponor Flexible Plumbing Makes Historic Retrofit Possible

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 2, 2014 7:27:49 AM

A MASSIVE RENOVATION of the old Portland Press building in Portland, Maine, is underway. I took a tour last week through the building to chronicle its sustainability efforts. Like many buildings erected in the 1920s, it was built with vast amounts of concrete, framed with huge steel i-beams. According to project manager Alyssa Parker, crews have faced some daunting work drilling through that concrete, to make way for a completely new plumbing system. One smart move was to specify PEX-a-Pipe tubing from Uponor. Not only is the stuff color coded, it's also forgiving, and this particular brand of PEX is one of the most flexible. It forgives and bends easily around ancient beams and mechanicals.

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