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Frank Gorke

Frank Gorke

Director, Energy Efficiency Division, Department of Energy Resources

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There’s so much great activity happening around the Commonwealth as we build our clean energy future that it’s hard to keep track, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to find a great energy project happening in my very own neighborhood.

My wife and I were walking through Davis Square last weekend and saw scaffolding up against a typical Somerville home. On second glance, I noticed the shiny coating on the sheets that sided the house-in-progress, and a stack of double-layer insulation foam panels – a Deep Energy Retrofit was under way! The owner was walking around the corner of her house as we came by, so we got to say hello and talk to her about the project. She said she had needed to replace the old siding for a while, and a friend of hers convinced her to take on this project. When it is done, she expects it to dramatically reduce the energy required to keep the home comfortable for her and her tenants. She has also launched a blog complete with photos of the insulation projects and a YouTube video of a window replacement, so you can follow her progress.

Follow the progress of the Somerville house green renovation.

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