Green Living

Portland living room

Get Off the Hot Seat

Green Living

Six years ago, Ross and Christine Endicott stopped selling furniture containing toxic chemicals; now the state is following their lead. In August, Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of flame-retardant chemicals in residential upholstered furniture. By wide margins in both the House and Senate, state legislators rejected chemical-industry lobbyists’ […]

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Understanding LED Light Bulbs

Sponsored Content: Fogg Lighting

In a regular column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: It used to be easy to replace a light bulb; now there are so many options, I don’t know what to choose. What do you recommend? A: It’s hard to imagine a household commodity that […]

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Passive House residence

Passive-House Pioneer

Home Building

GO Logic’s Matthew O’Malia talks about building houses you can heat by baking cookies. Photo by Josh Gerritsen When he first heard about Passivhaus, Germany’s rigorous energy-efficiency building standard, architect Matthew O’Malia thought, “That’s crazy: a foot-thick wall, all this insulation in the foundation, and triple-glazed windows? That seems like overkill.” At the time, O’Malia […]

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