I've been building houses off and on since high school and have always been a conservationist at heart. When I started my own building company on Martha's Vineyard in 2006, my goal was to build houses that were more energy efficient, but it was difficult to find like-minded clients. The first time I built a home using efficient framing techniques and closed-cell foam insulation was in 2009; it was much more energy efficient than most spec houses at the time. My understanding of how to create a truly efficient home was still in the formative stages, though, and I've built...

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