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The GreenHome Institute’s – “Pretty Good House” – Free CE Webinar

January 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

About this event

Pretty Good House provides a framework and set of guidelines for building or renovating a high-performance home that focuses on its inhabitants and the environment―but keeps in mind that few people have pockets deep enough to achieve a “perfect” solution. The essential idea is for homeowners to work within their financial and practical constraints both to meet their own needs and do as much for the planet as possible.

A Pretty Good House is:

· Simple and durable, but also well designed

· Comfortable and energy efficient

· Only as big as it needs to be

· Healthy, responsible and resilient

· Cost-conscious

Bonus – Attend the full session and you will have a chance to win a copy of the book, Pretty Good House.

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • American Institute of Architects – AIA (HSW) (PENDING)
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable

Lessons Learned:

  1. Navigate the sometimes-overwhelming quantity of “things to think about when designing and building a house” and organize them into categories of importance that make sense for a high performance house on a realistic budget. (without the dependance on a rating system or certification) (though we will share with attendees who they can download their own certificate if they really feel they deserve it).
  2. Recognize the importance and relevance of the many issues of climate, health, and comfort, and address them through the implementation of proper design and detailing.
  3. Observe and appraise the implementation of building science concepts in Pretty Good House examples (case study excerpts).
  4. Become motivated to improve the quality of their own projects and bestow them with the tools and information to allow them to pass that knowledge on to others within the trade. We will then serve kool-aid and tell them about the new church we are starting.


Michael Maines has worked as a furnituremaker, carpenter, building contractor, building science consultant and operations manager at a panelized building fabricator, but since founding Maines Design (https://www.maines.design/) in 2014 he has focused on working closely with clients to design homes and renovations that are healthy, efficient, resilient, and comfortable. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding Magazine, Editorial Advisor for Green Building Advisor, co-founder and co-host of The BS*+Beer Show (*building science) and co-author of the book, Pretty Good House. He is based in Palermo, Maine.

Emily Mottram, principal, Mottram Architecture

Emily Mottram is the founder and principal of Mottram Architecture, a boutique practice specializing in new homes and renovations that are beautiful, functional, comfortable, healthy, and durable.

Mottram received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University and is a Registered Architect in Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

An educator at heart, Mottram also teaches building science and sustainable design at a local community college and has served as a consultant for projects in a secondary school trade program. She hosts the monthly podcast E3: Energy and Efficiency with Emily and co-hosts the live-streamed BS* + Beer Show, a monthly building science show, and is a co-author of the book, Pretty Good House.


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