May 20, 2019
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Maine Conservation Voters and PassivhausMAINE host energy efficiency tour of Bayside Anchor

Community Author: Stephanie Miles
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PORTLANDMonday evening, community members gathered for a tour of Bayside Anchor, an affordable and energy-efficient 45-unit apartment building in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood. The four-story, bright green building is the first multifamily residence in the city to be certified by PassivhausMAINE as a Passive House—a building that meets a rigorous standard for energy efficiency that greatly reduces its environmental footprint.

Attendees learned about the  environmental, economic, and social benefits of passive houses from speakers who partnered on the project including Jay Waterman, development director of the Portland Housing Development Corporation and Beth Ahearn, political director at Maine Conservation Voters

Bayside Anchor guarantees accessibility for low-income residents and also provides low heating bills due to its insulation, solar gains and high-performance windows and door, according to Jesse Thompson, principal architect at Kaplan Thompson Architects.

“A passive house approach to all buildings, new and retrofits, will be an important part of reaching our 2030 or 2050 climate goals and has the benefit of energy savings, building resiliency, and comfort and health for the residents, all of which translate to cost savings across a variety of sectors,” said Naomi C.O. Beal, executive director of PassivhausMAINE. “Using passive house principles, as a pathway to Net Zero and building resilience, is the right way to build for Maine.”

For more information, contact Stephanie Miles, advocacy coordinator,, 607.279.4143

Maine Conservation Voters (MCV) cultivates and uses political power to conserve and protect Maine’s environment. MCV helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, elects pro-environment candidates to office, and holds our elected officials accountable, without regard to political party.