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Cover of the Journal of Light Construction

One of my dreams has been to build a home with wood harvested from my own land. Last year I finally had the opportunity, when my wife and I designed and built a new home on a 25-acre lot in northern Vermont. We had already cleared a building site, and we used a portable sawmill to mill more than 20,000 board feet of lumber from the mixed hardwood and softwood trees we had harvested. I'm a carpenter and cabinetmaker at heart and was anxious to put all that wood to use — as siding, trim, flooring, and cabinetry. But I was more concerned about the home's energy use and long-term performance. We wanted a comfortable, low- maintenance house that would be easy to heat, even in our cold and not particularly sunny climate. By building a well insulated, airtight shell, we were able to approach net-zero energy, achieving a final HERS rating of 4. Here's how we did it.

Tom Moore in the News

  • It's Beautiful Being GreenThe moment came to him in a moment of inspiration, an epiphany, two years ago. Today, it is reality. - Vermont B/A
  • Insulating with Closed Cell Spray FoamClosed-cell foam acts as air-sealing, insulation, and secondary drainage plane in this unique home - Journal of Light Construction
  • A Renovation Well Worth the WaitNot only was the home updated with beautiful finishes throughout, the space now functions more efficiently and comfortably for this family's busy life. - HomeStyle Magazine
  • Local Home Wins Environmental Award"We'll go all over the east coast if it's a good project," he said. "Our company has about 15 awards of excellence in building and remodeling." - Press Republican
  • Senior Renovations Often Make SenseTom Moore - Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. - Champlain Business Journal
  • Small WondersTom Moore uses every design trick in the book to eke all the available space out of little, detailed rooms. - Remodeling Magazine
  • When Less Is MooreBuilder Tom Moore takes efficiency to the next level. - Efficiency Vermont Builder News
  • Modern ConveniencesThe details make the kitchen. - HomeStyle Magazine
  • The Secret's in the DetailsBeauty and efficiency are the bywords for this builder and woodworker. - Business People Magazine
  • Built to LastHow "green" architects and developers are constructing Vermont's sustainable future - Seven Days