The House on Third Street is…..

an extremely energy efficient and healthy demonstration home located in Sandusky, ohio

When you build an energy efficient home….

you are making the decision to reduce your energy costs and live in comfort for the rest of your life

We encourage you to use this site….

as a resource to connect to the information, products and companies you will need to build your home

Subscribe to read our product reviews and ….

learn from our efforts to make our home more and more efficient

We thoroughly enjoy our home…….

and the remarkable year around comfort it provides

We continue to add and develop….

new technology. Soon we will offer workshops for those who would like to learn more

Mark Norman


Designed and built The House on Third Street to promote the use of advanced sustainable building techniques and products. In addition to continuing to develop and add systems to reduce The House on Third Street's energy costs, Mark is a community activist and a self confessed NPR, current events and technology junkie... Read More.

Update:Attic Heat Recovery system automated

Update:Attic Heat Recovery system automated

Thanks to Tim Work, a friend and NASA electrician, I no longer have to monitor the attic's temperature - and turn the Attic Heat Recovery system's cir...

Making time for details

Making time for details

Sue and I have always kept a pretty full plates.  The drive to make the assorted projects, events and time tables work results in an constant sens...

For the record

For the record

It's been 1 year since our 20kw solar system was installed. I tracked the system's production, so here's what I learned.  The system produced 6.16 me...

On my adgenda

On my adgenda

The garage has been an on going project, but this winter I was able to wire, drywall, prime and put a finish coat on the upstairs.  As with previou...

2nd Floor Drywall

2nd Floor Drywall

My goal for the winter was to finish the upstairs of the garage, but my activism has turned into almost a full time job - and slowed my progress on t...

Extra spray Foam completed

Extra spray Foam completed

My last post discussed my decision to fill the steel stud wall cavities with spray foam in order to deaded the room's background sounds.  By standard...

Steel stud wall partitions

Steel stud wall partitions

Since my last post, I built the interior walls, installed and wired the receptacle and switch boxes, wired them, and got it all inspected.  Hanging...

Upstairs

Upstairs

Progress continues on the upstairs of the garage.  The electric wiring is all in and inspection.   The drywall has been hung on the exterior walls ...

Solar energy production vs consumption

Solar energy production vs consumption

Since installing the solar system in June, the system has continued to produce more than we consume.  On a sunny summer day the system would produce ...

Update:Attic Heat Recovery system automated

Update:Attic Heat Recovery system automated

Thanks to Tim Work, a friend and NASA electrician, I no longer have to monitor the attic's temperature - and turn the Attic Heat Recovery system's cir...

Making time for details

Making time for details

Sue and I have always kept a pretty full plates.  The drive to make the assorted projects, events and time tables work results in an constant sens...

For the record

For the record

It's been 1 year since our 20kw solar system was installed. I tracked the system's production, so here's what I learned.  The system produced 6.16 me...

On my adgenda

On my adgenda

The garage has been an on going project, but this winter I was able to wire, drywall, prime and put a finish coat on the upstairs.  As with previou...

2nd Floor Drywall

2nd Floor Drywall

My goal for the winter was to finish the upstairs of the garage, but my activism has turned into almost a full time job - and slowed my progress on t...

Extra spray Foam completed

Extra spray Foam completed

My last post discussed my decision to fill the steel stud wall cavities with spray foam in order to deaded the room's background sounds.  By standard...

Steel stud wall partitions

Steel stud wall partitions

Since my last post, I built the interior walls, installed and wired the receptacle and switch boxes, wired them, and got it all inspected.  Hanging...

Upstairs

Upstairs

Progress continues on the upstairs of the garage.  The electric wiring is all in and inspection.   The drywall has been hung on the exterior walls ...

Solar energy production vs consumption

Solar energy production vs consumption

Since installing the solar system in June, the system has continued to produce more than we consume.  On a sunny summer day the system would produce ...