News : October 2009

Spray Foam Insulation Saves Money on Heating and Cooling Costs - MJW DryWall LLC

Oct 27, 2009

From Sprayfoam.com

by Jim Cavan

In these uncertain economic times, everyone is looking for ways to save money -- particularly when it comes to big-bill demands like home heating and cooling costs. Crude oil and gasoline might seem cheap now, but anyone who remembers the price roller coaster of 2009 knows low prices aren't here to stay. Perhaps more worrisome, however, is the unpredictable cost of home heating oil, particularly in the always brutal New England winters, and particularly with drafty, old New England homes. So what do the slumping economy, volatile oil prices, and home economics have in common? In two words: tax rebates.

A major focus of President Obama's 800 billion-plus dollar stimulus package involves tax cuts and incentives for those looking to make their homes more energy efficient, as well as the businesses supplying the equipment and labor. The rebates - which are available until December 2010 - apply to everything from weatherization of windows to solar panels, wind or geothermal turbines, spray or injection foam insulation, hybrid vehicles, and beyond...

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To learn more about MJW's rebate opportunities for sprayfoam insullation, click here.

Local Firms Host 'Green Business Symposium'

Oct 21, 2009

Featured on SeacoastOnline.com

Market Street Business Associates hosted a Green Business Symposium Wednesday, inviting leaders from three local companies to its second annual networking social to discuss alternative energy.

"The idea is to find out about their businesses so that members can get to know them, ask questions, and explore potential opportunities," said MSBA member Shannon Alther, a principal of TMS Architects. "This year, we decided the presentations should revolve around sustainable energy."  Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald.

Fosters Going Green Features Several GA Businesses

Oct 20, 2009

Featured on Fosters.com

Foster's Daily Democrat has published it's bi-annual Going Green insert to highlight the Seacoast's greenest businesses.  This year the Green Alliance had several business partners stories featured.  To read the full Going Green publication online click here!

Portsmouth Business Installs Rooftop Wind Turbine

Oct 20, 2009

Featured on VoltaicSystems.com

Portsmouth mainstay Ricci Lumber installs the first commercial wind turbine in downtown Portsmouth.  The City of Portsmouth has passed a green milestone.  It has issued the first building permit for a wind turbine — and the turbine is now blowin' in the wind from atop the Ricci Lumber building on Bartlett Street.

Owner Ed Hayes said his company has been working hard to become more environmentally friendly. Its trucks use biodiesel, employees are encouraged to carpool. Perhaps most importantly, it is expected to soon be certified under the Forestry Stewardship Council, so that it is able to sell products manufactured and harvested under strict guidelines.  Read the full story here!

 

City Business Installs Rooftop Wind Turbine

Oct 20, 2009

Featured on SeacoastOnline.com

By Deborah Mcdermott

 Well, the City of Portsmouth has passed a green milestone. It has issued the first building permit for a wind turbine — and the turbine is now blowin' in the wind from atop the Ricci Lumber building on Bartlett Street.

Owner Ed Hayes said his company has been working hard to become more environmentally friendly. Its trucks use biodiesel, employees are encouraged to carpool. Perhaps most importantly, it is expected to soon be certified under the Forestry Stewardship Council, so that it is able to sell products manufactured and harvested under strict guidelines.  Read full story here!

Portsmouth's Ricci Lumber Goes Green

Oct 20, 2009

Featured in Business NH Magazine.com

By Jim Cavan

So often the green movement is associated with new and next-generation businesses - the organic bakeries, bio-diesel companies or hair salons that started their businesses with the explicit intention of doing things green. But when a company with a 50-year history decides to heed the calls of sustainability, generational lines disappear, in the process demonstrating that "going green" has moved squarely from the fringe to the mainstream.

This past week Seacoast Energy Alternatives (SEA) Solar Store, a Dover-based alternative energy company, teamed up with Portsmouth's Ricci Lumber to install a new building-mounted wind turbine at the lumber yard's Bartlett Street warehouse. Read the full story here!

Kittery Fuel & More Riverdance raises $7,000!

Oct 19, 2009

Featured on SeacoastOnline.com

By Kathy Pridham

 The second annual Riverdance, which was held on Sept. 19 to raise money for the Fuel & More program, was a wonderful success, raising almost $7,000!

A big part of the evening is the delicious food. A huge thank you to the following businesses that donated food from their restaurants: Badger's Island Pizzeria, Kittery Estates, Noel's Café, Loco Coco's Tacos, Golden Harvest, Carl's Meat Market, Chef's Cove Café, Terra Cotta Pasta, Maryann's, Enotecha & Hebert's. Read the full story here!

 

 

 

 

Working With Nature—and Tougher Building Standards

Oct 15, 2009

From New Hampshire Home Magazine

by Debbie Kane

Facing tougher state and federal regulations on potential pollution (commercial construction projects in New Hampshire must treat stormwater runoff from pavements and parking lots), developers are seeing rain gardens as an appealing water-management solution.

When Phillips Exeter Academy built three faculty houses last year in Exeter, the homes were designed with a rain garden in mind, says engineer Jeff Clifford of Altus Engineering in Portsmouth....To read the entire article,  click here.


First Geothermal Condos Hit Portsmouth

Oct 5, 2009

Seacoastonline.com

Developer Steve Kelm has gone geothermal and he may never go back.

Along with a unique view out onto North Mill Pond, the upscale condominiums being built at 162 Mill Pond Way will have another feature unlike any condominium project in the city. The newly installed geothermal system will use the Earth's energy storage capabilities to heat and cool four units, which are 90 percent completed.

The same technology is also intended for the redevelopment of Kline's Furniture — another one of Kelm's project, which will include both residential and commercial space on Islington Street. That project, slated to break ground in November, is expected to be a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building.  Read the entire story here!

Portland Green Home and Living Show Oct. 3-4

Oct 1, 2009

Featured on Fosters.com

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Expo will house the city's first Green Home and Living Show Oct. 3-4 featuring over 125 home and living exhibits.

Consumers increasingly are looking to eco friendly solutions in their homes to decrease their carbon footprint and save money through energy efficient living. This event will bring motivated consumers together with the latest in green technology, products, and design.

The exhibition will feature a wide range of activities for every age and include seminars on such topics as: solar hot water heaters, stimulus tax credits for energy star appliances and energy-efficient remodeling; detecting and removing in home air toxins; how to green your family and more. In addition, attendees can enter to win a $15,000 Green Home Makeover.