MAINE 1000 HOME CHALLENGE INITIATIVE
Launched June 2015
(Updated 07-23-2016) The Thousand Home Challenge is excited to announce that a new initiative has been launched in Maine. We look forward to highlighting Maine champions who are committed to demonstrating that deep reductions in energy use and carbon emissions in existing homes are practical now.
Maine is an intriguing place for this initiative to take hold: deep energy reductions among Maine’s existing housing stock offer particular benefits given the cold winters, old homes, expensive (oil/propane) and polluting (wood) heating fuels, as well as health and indoor air quality issues associated with wet basements and radon.
We have the opportunity to build on Maine’s leadership and dedication in implementing strategies for deep energy reductions, from upgrading homes and reducing energy use, to incorporating renewables. We will demonstrate successes and lessons learned by sharing the stories of local champions. This can be a catalyst for deeper energy investments in Maine as well as inspiring action elsewhere.
Sign up for a Intro to the 1000 Home Challenge webinar. Click here
Maine Lake Science Center -- Log Cabin Transformed!
(Updated 7-09-2016) Explore the transformation of an abandoned Maine log house to the high performance Lake Science Center. The Lakes Environmental Association (LEA), Bridgton, Maine, embraced the challenge of creating the LSC, complete with a conference center, laboratory facilities, office space, educational space, and residential functions for visiting researchers.
Among the many significant upgrades, the LEA provided insulation to the walls, roofs, and foundations and replaced old heating, domestic hot water, and ventilation equipment with up-to-date systems. An application to become a candidate for the Maine 1000 Home Challenge is in progress. Stay tuned to see if this project comes in better than the 50% Milestone of 18,500 kWh (total site energy) in this 3,500 square foot building.
Click here to download BBBD Presentation (Feb 3, 2016, Burlington, VT, William Turner & Peter Lowell)
Click here to download the PDF (8-20-2015 case study)
(Updated 08-07-2015) Bill Turner tells the story of his home in Maine where superinsulation work began in 1981. He describes what he did wrong, and what he has done recently in an effort to bring the home from its 2011-12 baseline of ~62,309 kWh (equivalent site energy) to its Thousand Home Challenge OPTION B threshold. Concern for indoor air quality and durability have been considerations since the beginning. Check out the impressive progress to date..and he is not done yet! Results show the impact of strategic densepack of a previously insulated home, combined with renewables, reduction of DHW and plug loads, and the use of ductless heat pumps to further offset wood use.
(Updated 08-06-2015) - Explore the Portland, Maine renovation of an abandoned brick building to a professional office and studio loft by architect and owner, Richard Renner. While not meeting the Thousand Home Challenge at the time it was done, this project is an example of a substantial renovation that achieves exemplary energy performance and sustainability.
Funded by The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (2009-2012)
One-page summary of the NCC's mission, goals, and organization.
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Updated 07/08/09 - One-page list of people who attended at least one of the first three NCC meetings.
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Conservation Services Group (CSG) has helped people from across the U.S. find ways to use energy wisely where we live and work by designing and delivering energy efficiency and clean energy programs that are innovative, cost effective and get the job done! At CSG, our expertise is deep and wide-ranging—and backed by years of real-world experience in all energy-related areas. We have unequalled expertise in building sciences, health and safety, marketing, public policy, appliance recycling, energy efficiency programs for residential and commercial buildings, renewable energy development, and much more. We have a broad and deep knowledge of quality analysis, quality control and all areas of implementing these programs and processes.
Energy Federation, Inc. (EFI) has grown to become one of the leading residential distributors of energy efficiency-related products in the United States. Underlying EFI's mission today is the belief that a key obstacle to increased energy and water efficiency is inadequate awareness of, and access to, good quality resource conservation-related products. It is insufficient to simply recognize the benefits associated with reducing inefficient energy and water consumption - people actually need to be able to find and purchase these types of products. EFI uses multiple approaches to address this issue, through three business groups, a Consumer Division, Wholesale Division, and a Utility Programs Division.
NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 under Article 8, Title 9 of the State Public Authorities Law through the reconstitution of the New York State Atomic and Space Development Authority. NYSERDA’s earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.
National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. Our core business is the delivery of electricity and natural gas. We are committed to serving customers well, delivering energy safely and reliably, and keeping costs low.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. There are approximately 20,000 employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric Company's primary business—the transmission and delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.
Saturn Resources Management, Inc. (SRMI) is a privately owned company based in Helena Montana. We have been involved in the energy conservation field for over twenty years, offering technical assistance, producing custom publications, and delivering classroom and online training.
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