Pretty Good House Handbook

Helen Watts, the author

Where can you get it?
References for Volume 2
Water Usage
And What If You're Not In Maine?
Building Science sites
Heating, Ventilation
Contact Us
Helen Watts, the author
House Siting
Existing Homes

For information about Helen and her structural engineering resume, see
The idea for the Pretty Good House came out of a Building Science Forum discussion about getting more people building using better methods - to not 'preach to the choir', and to build not for the 'early-adopters', but for everyone, to make a better building standard. So, the Pretty Good House is better than the building code, and it captures all the ideas for a Net-Zero House, but without paying for the complete disconnection from public power systems. That one last kilowatt is very expensive in solar, so the Pretty Good House still plugs into the grid. For now.

Not-Quite Net-Zero Houses in Maine