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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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Award Deadline: Enter Your Best New Home Now

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Oct 4, 2019 8:56:36 AM

With the entry deadline just days away, our annual Home of the Year Awards program invites all builders and architects to put their best square footage forward.

Whatever else you can say about award programs, they offer you some of the biggest marketing bang for your buck you'll ever get. Besides that, they build your company's brand credibility. Not least of all, winners get the red carpet treatment at a VIP dinner on January 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, where their work will be shown on the "big screen."

Winning a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder, historically, has helped many builders and architectural firms weather tough times--and grow in good times. This annual, national award, now in its twelfth year, honors the "best of the best" in high-performance housing.

Historically, our entries come from many sectors of the industry: builder, architects, manufacturers. Finalists get a tremendous amount of airplay: not just featured coverage in Green Builder magazine and online, but many are picked up by both local and national media outlets.

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Loophole Allows Builders to Take Alternate Route to Meeting Title 24 Solar Mandate

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Sep 25, 2019 2:25:11 AM

New rules in California’s strict building code allow buildings to share a common solar source.

Two new items in California’s strict Title 24 building code actually make solar more flexible for both home builders and buyers.

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Wanted: A True Climate Superhero for 2020

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Sep 23, 2019 10:56:18 AM

With bad news rolling in from almost every corner of the Earth, it’s important to honor  those striving to reverse our free fall from grace.

The news this week has been bad. Especially bad. Not only is the planet heating up far more quickly than any estimate predicted, but we're wiping out almost every other species on the planet at a breakneck pace. Meanwhile, our leaders have become active participants in the destruction of life. What is often called an "Extinction Event," (wiping out much of the worlds other life) has now been relabeled by some as an "Extermination Event..the first ever on Earth.  That's because it's not something that's happening without our understanding or complicity any more.

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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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