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Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

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. Matt is a founding member of the Tiny House Industry Association, and sits on the board of The Resilience Hub, an educational organization focused on permaculture and hands-on reskilling.


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Maximizing the Durability of Deep Cycle Batteries

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Aug 13, 2019 7:04:11 AM

As solar storage and electric vehicles become mainstream, careful management of batteries can make or break them.

I learned a couple of years ago that the proper way to us a battery is not to simply charge it up, drain it down to nothing, and charge it up again. My learning curve occurred because I had just purchased an electric trolling motor for a small boat. I had two heavy-duty 12-volt gel-type batteries on board, and hoped to travel 6 miles one way for a there-and-back-again day trip.

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GOP Push for More Nuclear Power is Beyond Clueless

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jun 27, 2019 10:06:48 AM

Apparently many senators need a primer on energy. Nuclear is a fiscal nightmare, and solar costs now beat fossil fuels.

I read this laughable bit of news in the Washington Examiner this morning:

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New Insulation Products Aim at Niche Markets

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jun 3, 2019 3:00:19 PM

Although traditional means of insulation still firmly control the building market, several new products aim to challenge the status quo. Are they fads or forerunners?

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Smug Mode: Red Dwarf Star Romances Electric Vehicles

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jan 31, 2019 9:24:53 AM

Robert Llewelyn, much-loved star of the british Sci-Fi comedy Red Dwarf, has a passion, like Kryten, for things that run on batteries.

When Green Builder Media publisher Craig Coale told me he'd been having some great discussions with Robert Llewelyn about a TV show called Fully Charged, about EVs and batteries, I made him stop.

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