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We have a lot of stories to tell. Day to day, we do many things. Fun, interesting things, with smart, hardworking and creative collaborators. We’ve been encouraged to tell these stories by our advisers. But it is hard to make time to do. Instagram, while not designed for blogging per se, has provided a simple platform for us to share these stories on the run.

Informal, fun, at times beautiful and sometimes dirty (our work is often both) this log shares what we do, day to day. This feed is a fun way to get to know us, our work, our proclivities… what makes us tick. Sometimes a few pictures or drawings and a few sentences tell a big story. Sometimes Ben gets the bit between his teeth and runs out a whole page. It is admittedly an unconventional way to go about a blog, but one that seems to fit for the moment. Enjoy!

Timber car port solar collector. Conceptual #garla Timber car port solar collector. Conceptual #garlandmill #solar

Timber car port solar collector. Conceptual #garlandmill #solar ...

Hop on over to the Pig to grab a brew and check ou Hop on over to the Pig to grab a brew and check out the new Hops trellis. Yuk yuk. #garlandmilltimberframes

Hop on over to the Pig to grab a brew and check out the new Hops trellis. Yuk yuk. #garlandmilltimberframes ...

Benjamin is making progress on interior trim at th Benjamin is making progress on interior trim at the office. Dave and Greg building a hops trellis for the Copper Pig. Luke and Seth putting a raker on the board saw. Davey sanding a frame. Matt putting final touches on contract and budget for our next DER. Silas and Robert stacking lumber. Dana milling cedar tongue and groove. It’s all happening (among other things- #pjnoyes) at the zoo. #garlandmill

Benjamin is making progress on interior trim at the office. Dave and Greg building a hops trellis for the Copper Pig. Luke and Seth putting a raker on the board saw. Davey sanding a frame. Matt putting final touches on contract and budget for our next DER. Silas and Robert stacking lumber. Dana milling cedar tongue and groove. It’s all happening (among other things- #pjnoyes) at the zoo. #garlandmill ...

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Red lines ain’t in it. Lotta pumping in forced h Red lines ain’t in it. Lotta pumping in forced hot water distribution systems.

Red lines ain’t in it. Lotta pumping in forced hot water distribution systems. ...

Waiting patiently for snow. Yes it’s May. ...

The answer to the weeks puzzler was submitted corr The answer to the weeks puzzler was submitted correctly by FAIA Rick Renner. See Below. Contestant officials regret to inform Mr Renner that his submission, though correct, was disqualified because it was sent in on a $50 bill instead of a $100 bill as required. “I was using house money anyway and besides I’d prefer to see more pictures of your doors” quipped Renner when told the bad news. The solar array pictured is at 23 Ammonoosuc in Littleton. 1.) The red on the left of the graph shows nighttime usage at the building. Power coming from the grid. 2.) the green and blue in the middle represents production and storage. The building has a 38 kWh lithium ion battery that stores energy not used or exported to the grid. The green represents the solar arrays production while the blue represents usage. The usage is high because the energy is being stored in the battery for use at night. 3.) What happens in the middle of the day? An eclipse? No! The battery is full. The building isn’t using much energy and the battery storage is full. The inverters are curtailing solar production because the Municipal Utility will not allow the building to export more than 10 kW. So the bite that was taken out of the production curve is due to a regulatory anachronism one might politely call it. The smart invertor only allows the array to produce and export 10 kW more than it uses. Hence the drop in production. Hopefully LWL will change it’s regulation soon and the downtown can benefit from the full solar resource. 4.) This shows no color. It doesn’t mean that there is no usage, what it means is the battery is able to cover the whole building’s usage during these hours and there is now draw of energy from the utility. #getalife #solarenergy #solarplusstorage #garlandmill

The answer to the weeks puzzler was submitted correctly by FAIA Rick Renner. See Below. Contestant officials regret to inform Mr Renner that his submission, though correct, was disqualified because it was sent in on a $50 bill instead of a $100 bill as required. “I was using house money anyway and besides I’d prefer to see more pictures of your doors” quipped Renner when told the bad news. The solar array pictured is at 23 Ammonoosuc in Littleton. 1.) The red on the left of the graph shows nighttime usage at the building. Power coming from the grid. 2.) the green and blue in the middle represents production and storage. The building has a 38 kWh lithium ion battery that stores energy not used or exported to the grid. The green represents the solar arrays production while the blue represents usage. The usage is high because the energy is being stored in the battery for use at night. 3.) What happens in the middle of the day? An eclipse? No! The battery is full. The building isn’t using much energy and the battery storage is full. The inverters are curtailing solar production because the Municipal Utility will not allow the building to export more than 10 kW. So the bite that was taken out of the production curve is due to a regulatory anachronism one might politely call it. The smart invertor only allows the array to produce and export 10 kW more than it uses. Hence the drop in production. Hopefully LWL will change it’s regulation soon and the downtown can benefit from the full solar resource. 4.) This shows no color. It doesn’t mean that there is no usage, what it means is the battery is able to cover the whole building’s usage during these hours and there is now draw of energy from the utility. #getalife #solarenergy #solarplusstorage #garlandmill ...

Greg resurrected this sweet lil lock set for the u Greg resurrected this sweet lil lock set for the upstairs office. Ben and Dave and Matt got to unload really heavy tri-pane windows. Tricked Andre into helping. Davey made an emergency delivery of plan set to dry wallers in Conway and Molly kept plugging away on drawings. Lots of entertainment to be had. #garlandmill

Greg resurrected this sweet lil lock set for the upstairs office. Ben and Dave and Matt got to unload really heavy tri-pane windows. Tricked Andre into helping. Davey made an emergency delivery of plan set to dry wallers in Conway and Molly kept plugging away on drawings. Lots of entertainment to be had. #garlandmill ...

Eastern white cedar going on the office. Finally! Eastern white cedar going on the office. Finally! Rough side out. 7/8” tng. #garlandmill

Eastern white cedar going on the office. Finally! Rough side out. 7/8” tng. #garlandmill ...

Social distancing on a roof. Good work if you can Social distancing on a roof. Good work if you can get it. Tying up loose ends. #garlandmill

Social distancing on a roof. Good work if you can get it. Tying up loose ends. #garlandmill ...

April in the north country you can always count on April in the north country you can always count on two things: snow and mergansers on the pond. #garlandmill

April in the north country you can always count on two things: snow and mergansers on the pond. #garlandmill ...

Pretty exciting day at the office! Carol runs our Pretty exciting day at the office! Carol runs our first T-sheets payroll! #garlandmill

Pretty exciting day at the office! Carol runs our first T-sheets payroll! #garlandmill ...

Stopped by Craxtons last night in the snow storm t Stopped by Craxtons last night in the snow storm to discuss the addition to their solar array. Think spring and sun. Dave installed a few small arrays over the years - Dave and Andrea were early adopters ... the original arrays were installed before renewable energy credits (RECs) were a thing- and now we’re adding +\- 8 kWh to cover their new heat pumps and heat pump water heater we installed recently to replace the dirty and inefficient old oil boiler. As I left the cozy house, darkness had fallen and I was knocked out by the ramp roof system which has a leaf like quality to it. Hard not to stare at it. The ramp provides a stepless entry which is a key feature for aging in place... good for little kids too. Turns out stepless entries are just good design. And the timber makes this one irresistible. Matt has an even better picture of it he’ll post soon! #garlandmilltimberframes #garlandmill #solar #minisplits #energytransition

Stopped by Craxtons last night in the snow storm to discuss the addition to their solar array. Think spring and sun. Dave installed a few small arrays over the years - Dave and Andrea were early adopters ... the original arrays were installed before renewable energy credits (RECs) were a thing- and now we’re adding +\- 8 kWh to cover their new heat pumps and heat pump water heater we installed recently to replace the dirty and inefficient old oil boiler. As I left the cozy house, darkness had fallen and I was knocked out by the ramp roof system which has a leaf like quality to it. Hard not to stare at it. The ramp provides a stepless entry which is a key feature for aging in place... good for little kids too. Turns out stepless entries are just good design. And the timber makes this one irresistible. Matt has an even better picture of it he’ll post soon! #garlandmilltimberframes #garlandmill #solar #minisplits #energytransition ...

BE Boston looks great this year. Hope to see you t BE Boston looks great this year. Hope to see you there! Nesea.org to register.

BE Boston looks great this year. Hope to see you there! Nesea.org to register. ...

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