Martin Holladay — Editor


Editor Martin Holladay has worked as a roofer, remodeler, builder, and plumbing wholesale counterperson. He built his first passive solar house in northern Vermont in 1974, and has lived off the grid since 1975. In 1980, Holladay bought his first photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. module, which is still producing electricity after all these years.

After the 1988 Armenian earthquake, Holladay spent 18 months in the mountains of northern Armenia, where he helped build medical clinics and housing (ask him about the time he sent back a truckload of concrete because it was 'no good' -- in a place where you waited weeks for a redimix truck to show up). In the 1990s, he worked for four years as a project manager for a nonprofit developer of low-income housing.

In 1999, Holladay accepted a position as associate editor at the Journal of Light Construction, and became editor of Energy Design Update in 2002.

Holladay joined the team in November 2008. His Musings of an Energy Nerd blog is among the most popular blogs.

Tributes to Martin Holladay

“Martin Holladay, 58, [is] a respected voice within the building industry.” — The New York Times

“Everyone should be reading Martin Holladay’s pieces on He is basically a national treasure.” — David Meiland, owner of Bailer Hill Construction in Friday Harbor, Washington

“Martin Holladay ... is the most knowledgeable person I have spoken to, ever, regarding building science and zero energy homes.” — Eric Doub, owner of EcoFutures Building in Boulder, Colorado

“Martin Holladay, a Green Building Associate Advisor, is probably one of my favorite bloggers on building materials and principles, and is privy to all sorts of green building cutting edge trends.” — Lisa Carey Moore, a sustainability consultant in Syracuse, New York

“I want to give a big shout-out-read-this-blog-love-letter to pretty much my favorite blogger in the universe: Martin Holladay.” — Pam Kueber, Retro Renovation web site

"Martin Holladay [is] a building science expert ..." — Sam Rashkin, former national director of the Energy Star Homes program

“Martin Holladay is ... extraordinarily generous with his time and expertise on a number of energy-related online forums; he’s a voice of reason, providing an antidote to much of the unreliable information out there.” — Paul Eldrenkamp, owner of Byggmeister, Inc., in Newton, Massachusetts

“Martin Holladay’s blog at Green Building Advisor is just what it claims to be: a series of high-level ruminations on the technical aspects of building science, from a true expert.” — Peter Troast, founder of Energy Circle in South Freeport, Maine

“Martin Holladay [is] one of my favorite green building gurus.” — Rachel White, a green home consultant in Newton, Massachusetts

"Martin, thanks for some of the most relevant blogs/articles in the business these days." — John Straube, principal at the Building Science Corporation

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