800-Square-Foot Homes Prove How Livable Small Can Be
By Susie Middleton
Take a look at three new 800-square-foot homes in West Tisbury and Chilmark that make good use of zoning regulations to achieve efficient and attractive year-round living spaces for Island families.
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South Mountain Joins Solar Power Cooperative
South Mountain Company of West Tisbury has been accepted for membership in Amicus — a national solar buying cooperative. Amicus is an association of independently owned solar companies that have joined forces to provide their customers with better industry pricing for products and services.
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South Mountain Honored For Its Adoption Policies

The South Mountain Company in West Tisbury has tied for 10th place on a list of best adoption-friendly workplaces in America, which was released Thursday, May 1.

South Mountain ranked high on the list because of the generous benefits it provides for employees: $10,000 and up to four weeks paid leave per adoption. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption compiled and released the list.

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Engineer’s Energy

South Mountain Company's high-performance building engineer Marc Rosenbaum gave a presentation on Innovative Mechanical Systems for Low Heating Load Buildings at the fifth annual North American Passive House conference in Portland, Ore. Passive House is a German standard that was designed to make the world's most energy efficient buildings.

His case studies included a recent South Mountain deep-energy retrofit of a century-old carriage house for the Woods Hole Research Center.

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Sunny Certification

Sunny Certification

Phil Forest, the lead photovoltaic system designer and installer at South Mountain Company in West Tisbury, recently passed the North American board of certified energy practitioners exam and is now a NABCEP certified solar electric installer. Phil is the only NABCEP certified solar electric installer on the Vineyard, and one of less than a hundred in New England.

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Energy Manager Rob Meyers Attends Solar Conference

Rob Meyers, South Mountain Company’s manager of energy services, recently attended the Solar Energy Industries Association’s PV [photovoltaic] America conference in Philadelphia, the heart of the largest solar market in the U.S. In fact, Mr. Meyers said in a statement, more solar was installed from Boston to Washington D.C. last year than in the entire state of California.

Mr. Meyers was one of the 3,000 industry professionals learning about the most advanced solar technology available today.

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Leadership Award

Leadership Award

Owners and managers from South Mountain Co. of West Tisbury recently joined some 3,000 architects, builders and energy practitioners from around the Northeast for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s annual conference in Boston.

Company president John Abrams was a keynote speaker and led a workshop at the conference, and director of engineering Marc Rosenbaum received the association’s professional leadership award, becoming only the third winner of the prestigious award.

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Positive Impact

Positive Impact

South Mountain Company, an employee-owned architecture, building, and renewable energy firm in West Tisbury, has been recognized in the first nationwide “Best for the World” and “Best for Workers” lists as one of the businesses creating the most positive worker impact. South Mountain and the other businesses on the lists earned the highest scores among more than 500 Certified “B Corporations” nationwide.

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