Last week concluded our first sustainable home Q&A forum. Both panelists and attendees helped make this a unique learning experience for us! Our goal was to bring different industry leaders together for a consumer-focused discussion regarding sustainable homes in Maine. I believe we led a truly collaborative and informative dialogue.

For those that missed out on this event, we are planning to hopefully hold such conversations monthly. At this time, we are scheduled for the next event to be Thursday, March 28. I’ve also highlighted two of last week’s discussion points below. Please note, questions and answers have been shortened for brevity.

Q: What is the most cost-effective project to help your home be more sustainable?

A: While adding solar, heat pumps, or other high-end sustainable products to your house may seem like a step in the right direction, their output will be negated unless your house is properly sealed. Administering a blower test if you’re unsure of your home’s tightness is a great place to start. This will inform you how much air is leaking in and out of your home. Paying for the basement and attic to be air sealed and insulated will prevent your home falling victim to the stack effect. This will save you money in heating and cooling costs and is the first step in making your home more efficient.

Q: Why does the Maine market seem to be behind the trend in moving towards sustainable housing compared to the rest of the country.

A: There are probably several variables that play into this, many of which could be considered conjecture. However, I think it is important to note that Maine consistently in the nation has some of the oldest housing inventory on the market. Conversion of older homes can be a harder and more costly practice. Building and technological advances have come far, and marrying them with hundred year old homes can prove a timely process.

To learn more about sustainable homes and get your own questions answered, please make sure to make our next event!

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About the Author: Michael

Michael, along with his wife Laura, is co-owner of Maine Home Connection, an independent real estate company located in Portland. Maine. Together they started the brokerage from scratch with a new vision of what a company could look like if it focused completely on the needs of our clients and our agents.

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