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Nov 21, 2022

Those that educate the market, own the market.

Emily Mottram

We’ve all heard of advanced housing concepts that require little net energy to operate.


Architects, builders, and suppliers in the residential construction industry often get together at conferences and locally and sometimes birth new concepts while challenging others.


What kind of ideas develop when you ignite their passions, crowd source ideas, and marinate for a few years?


What if you aspire to build a Pretty Good House? What does that look like? How do you go about educating others?



Joining us on today’s podcast as Emily Mottram of Mottram Architecture describes for us a passion project that started out of local discussions in her home state of Maine and has branched out into a book, a course, a podcast, webinars and regional events!

Emily describes a Pretty Good House (PGH) as an open-source framework and set of guidelines for building or renovating a home that focus both on its inhabitants and the environment—but keeps in mind that few people have pockets deep enough to achieve a “perfect” solution. The PGH concept respects financial and practical constraints to meet both home owner and environmental needs.


In July 2022, Emily, Christopher Briley, Daniel Kolbert, and Michael Maines began selling a book that organizes and presents the PGH framework:


They have also created the Pretty Good House course launching on January 4,  


The course will offer eight (8) RESNET Professional Development Credits for Quality Assurance Designees and Instructors.


SPECIAL OFFER: The course offers a special discount code: RESNET100. The code is good for $100 off the course cost. The code expires on the day the course begins.


For details on documenting RESNET Quality Assurance Designee or Instructor Professional Development Credits, contact Scott Doyle, Technical Director, Quality Assurance & Training.


Emily, also a HERS Rater, shares her experiences on energy and efficiency in her podcast, E3: Energy and Efficiency with Emily, now in its fourth season:


Her podcast focuses on building science, architecture, and female entrepreneurship and stresses teamwork.


Her passion continues to exude as Co-host of the BS+Beer Show:


Link to Emily’s bio:



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