Design Wire – August 2015
1. A partnership between OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH and the FRIENDS SCHOOL OF PORTLAND has led to a monumental achievement in energy-efficient building. The school’s new 15,000-square-foot facility in Cumberland designed by KAPLAN THOMPSON ARCHITECTS is set to open this fall and has become the first school in Maine, the first commercial project in Maine, and the third school in the nation to achieve Passive House certification—the highest international energy-efficiency standard. The school achieved Passive House certification and net-zero energy use (meaning it will produce as much energy as it uses) thanks in part to a power purchase agreement with OceanView at Falmouth. Through the agreement, OceanView funds the purchase and installation of the 144-panel solar array and subsequently receives the federal tax incentives for which the array qualifies. The solar panels will be installed by REVISION ENERGY and will eliminate the need to rely on traditional heating fuels such as oil, gas, coal, or wood.
2. ELDREDGE LUMBER & HARDWARE of Portland recently received a Marvin Makes a Difference award from MARVIN WINDOWS & DOORS. Given to Marvin dealers for outstanding achievement in sales and business development, Marvin Makes a Difference allows dealers to receive recognition and valuable business tools to help grow their business. As a President’s Club winner, Eldredge Lumber will receive a complete awards package from Marvin including customized marketing materials and sales tools to enhance their showrooms and drive sales.