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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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Recent Posts

Blueprint for a Tiny, Portable House

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 30, 2014 10:26:00 AM

This family has completed a small house that's affordable by almost any measure. The best part about their documentation of the project is their inclusion of a cost checklist, and a full size blueprint (below) of the layout. Their blog would be even more useful if they offered step by step journals of the project, but so far, that hasn't materialized on their blog. 

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Spray-On Coating Turns Any Window into a Solar Panel

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 29, 2014 1:52:00 PM

IMAGINE AN ORGANIC SUBSTANCE that can be sprayed on to any window in a home--making the window behave like a photovoltaic panel, generating electricity. The technology is real, and according to its creators, it's ready for prime time.

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Front Yard Gardens: Fighting City Hall Pays Off

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 28, 2014 3:11:00 AM

It's the last resting place of the over-fertilized, over-watered, high maintenance American lawn. But understandably, an increasing number of Americans want that valuable real estate back. They want to build gardens in their front yard.

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Estimates of the Embodied Energy of Buildings Are All Over the Map

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 25, 2014 12:49:43 PM

THE AMOUNT OF CARBON ENERGY "embodied" in buildings has been a hot topic in the green building universe for at least 20 years. And rightly so. Only by understanding the REAL environmental costs of materials and products can we adjust and reduce to optimal levels.

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Create a Solar-Powered Walkway

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 25, 2014 8:31:00 AM


These glass blocks illuminate garden paths, and suggest many other possible applications.

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