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Don’t Ignore Your Tankless Water Heater: Yearly Maintenance Reminder

Aaaaahhhh the tankless water heater. Conjuring images of hot, steamy showers and luxurious baths…even after all the kids have bathed. Tankless water heaters promise an endless supply of hot water. Plus, there’s the energy savings that comes along with a system that isn’t required to keep a huge tank of water hot, and the water […]

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Steveworks Helps Out Our Future

We were thrilled to participate in EMNARI (Eastern MA National Association of the Renovation Industry) First Annual Youth Remodeling Career Day. The response was incredible.  We had just shy of 500 students participate from more than 30 classrooms around the state.  The kids were thoroughly engaged and we have already had many teachers emailing to say […]

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Asher’s Back in the Classroom

Asher helped out his roommate, Beni Summers, teaching a class on sukkah design.  A sukkah is a temporary structure erected during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a harvest festival which occurs in the fall here.  Asher guided the class in evaluating their sukkah plans based on design, structural integrity and thermal performance, although the last two […]

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Storm Panels/Restoration, vs. Replacement Windows vs New Windows

Your windows are old and drafty. You’d love to take advantage of low cost state loans to upgrade them. There are a number of options available. Which one is right for you? Option 1: Storm panel (may also involve window restoration): If you live in an older home and want to preserve the original windows, […]

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Asher runner up for NESEA Kate Goldstein Award

We’re pleased (but not at all surprised) to congratulate Asher on being a runner-up for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)’s Kate Goldstein award for young leaders. Asher was recognized for his contributions to our Building Energy Bottom Lines group and his concern for quality overall. Go Asher!

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Are You on the Bus?

This made our neighbors slow down and take notice! We hosted the crew of the Topsy Turvy Bus for a night on their way through the Boston area.  One of the crew, Jacob Chateneover, stayed with us for a year when he attended Gann Academy with Asher and Ari. The bio-fueled environmental schoolhouse on wheels! Through […]

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Interior Rigid Foam

How do you prevent ice dams? Insulate, insulate, insulate! The ideal solution is to fill all roof and wall cavities with blown-in or foam insulation and then wrap the entire house with a layer of rigid foam to prevent “thermal bridging,” transfer of heat through the studs. That’s fine if you’re replacing your roof and […]

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A Tale of Two Houses

Here are photos of two homes, across the street from each other. The two story home has snow on the roof, but no ice!  The second…well the problem is pretty obvious.   Quiz question:  How come one house has ice dams and the other does not? The first correct answer we receive will win a item of Steveworks […]

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Snowmageddon ’15

I’d like to raise a few points to the discussion of ice dams and snow removal; 1) Poor insulation in walls and in attics is a major cause of ice dams.  While ice dams will occur just from solar melting, heat from your attic and exterior walls is a major cause of the ice melting […]

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steveworks to Host March Meeting of Bottom Lines

At steveworks, our focus is on the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profit. In order to help us improve in all 3 areas, we joined a new peer networking initiative called Building Energy Bottom Lines. Sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), BEBL consists of 32 organizations in the building industry divided […]

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