News : Eco Sound Builders Co-Owner, Peter Robie

Jun 16, 2015

 Originally Published in Fosters.com.

By Ken Johnson

When Peter Robie first met Ethan Korpi back in 2004, their shared vision to build structures utilizing sustainable and efficient methods made them bond instantly. Both Robie and Korpi shared a background of being highly trained in building and carpentry. They created a southern division of Eco Sound Builders on the Seacoast in 2008, an offshoot of the original business founded by Korpi and his father, Roger, in the Lakes and White Mountain region.

The goal of Eco Sound Builders' two divisions is to build quality homes and buildings that are durable and sustainable throughout New Hampshire. Wood used for each project is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified forests, super-efficient insulation is used, and the subcontractors Robie works with specialize in using non-toxic paints and source their materials locally whenever possible. Working with sustainable technology, and building materials, is something Robie has specialized in since earning degrees in Civil Technology and Environmental Conservation.

Not limited to new buildings, Eco Sound Builders will renovate existing buildings to bring them up to Eco Sound’s high standards of performance. Recently, they renovated an older building in Portsmouth's historic South End district, keeping within the city's tight regulations for work on historic properties while making the home green and much more energy efficient. When it comes to renovating an older, historical property, Eco Sound will perform an energy audit, add a thermal 'envelope' wrapping, and other green and sustainable aspects.

Robie does more than just run a green and sustainable building company, he takes Eco Sounds' principles home with him. Literally. Recently, Robie built a new energy efficient, high performance home for his family in North Hampton, incorporating sustainable elements such as insulated concrete forms, energy efficient windows, a high level of insulation, a solar hot water system, a super-efficient boiler and a heat recovery ventilator to provide fresh air into this super-tight home.

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