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We've been working in the design, energy and construction fields since the mid 1970's.  Our focus is on designing beautiful, livable and cost effective homes.  Our goal is satisfied customers and documented energy savings

This is a good time to consider an energy construction project.  Interest rates are low, and there is continued volatility of energy prices.  Carefully selected energy measures along with Energy Tax Credits often result in very good rates of return.   If you are interested in these types of opportunities, please give us a call.

Home Energy Audit Service

MTE+D offers free energy consultation to local residents in SW Montana.  We typically spend an hour touring your house, making recommendations and helping set priorities.  For more information, check the Home Energy Audits page.  

News

03/29/2011 16:32
Jeff Babienko sent me some new photographs of the Seattle Children's Playgarden.  Facility provides outdoor theraputic activities for disabled children in the region.  When I left Seattle in 2006, I turned this project over to Jeff for design development, construction drawings...
09/03/2010 11:08
Please remember that Federal Tax Credits for insulation, new windows and doors and for high efficiency furnaces are scheduled to retire at the end of this year (2010).  Now is the time to plan for energy improvements.  This Tax Credit will save you up to $1500 on your principal...
05/24/2010 16:32
MtE+D has been hired to produce a feasibility study for a large PV system by a Montana based consulting firm.  The intent of the study is to provide the basic economic and energy parameters so that the client can make informed investment decisions concerning their energy use.  We've added...
04/07/2010 21:18
On March 15, 2010, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry adopted the 2009 IECC Energy Code and a number of specific Montana Amendments to the Code.  In their ruling, DLI cited MtE+D's study and recommendations 7 times to substantiate their decisions.  The notice can be...
03/19/2010 15:27
We've been working on 5 construction projects in the last six months: a bath gut & remodel, a whole-house energy retrofit, a kitchen addition and energy retrofit, a whole-house window and exterior wall insulation project and a basement water damage & bathroom remodel.  When the...
12/19/2009 14:53
Jim Baerg was invited to present testimony before the Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee of the Montana State Legislature in Helena on January 14th.  He focused his remarks on the financial benefits of energy conservation to homeowners, the need to strengthen the energy code and...
08/29/2009 15:32
A number of Livingston residents are in the beginning stages of producing an energy/CO2  inventory and plan for the area.  There is a grant proposal in the works for outside consultants on planning.  Most of the work will be done by people in the community.  If you have skills...
04/27/2009 21:36
MtE+D recently finished an energy code study for presentation to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.   The study proposes 6 Montana amendments to the proposed 2009 IECC and is supported by a wide range of organizations and individuals.  A hearing on the 2009 IECC...
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Chinese style Solar Greenhouse

 Imagine, as a market gardener, growing fresh, organic food all year in Montana without any fossil fuels. Tomatoes into November and December, new greens starting in February. These off season crops offer higher profit margins because the alternative for consumers is the tired produce in the grocery stores.

The Chinese started developing solar greenhouses in the 1970's and now have over 3 million acres of them.  Their mature design grows vegetables year-round and is energy self sufficient up to the 42nd parallel.

We are currently working with a Montana market gardener to build a commercial solar greenhouse next year. Our goals are to use the Chinese model and proportions but adapt to our local materials and building practices.  We know that the building will have to perform well, but also be inexpensive enough to make the economics work.

Please call or write if you have interest in a similar project.

 

Contact

Jim Baerg Montana Energy+Design
223 S. 5th St.
Livingston, MT 59047
406-220-1498 jlbaerg@gmail.com