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A look at Passive House Plus
Inspired in part by impressive advances in the efficiency of renewable energy generation, paired with the urgency of meeting global climate change goals, Passive House Institute initiated a review of non-renewable energy use in buildings in 2013. The results led to two new levels of certification: Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium. Passive House Plus and Premium calculations take into account the addition of renewable energy resources to the mix. The new certification levels provide the incentive of achieving a higher standard in building performance. And that’s good for the homeowners and the planet. (MORE)
Progressive Building Practices
We’ve learned through experience that progressive building practices like Passive House result in a home that’s better for the homeowners, and for the planet. Explore how sustainably built homes provide healthier indoor air quality, quiet, durability, energy and water conservation and lower related costs, even higher resale value. And we think it’s simply the right thing to do.
At Carmel Building & Design, we’ve found a better way to build. It’s personal. We focus intently on you, the client, to create a home that suits your lifestyle and reflects your individual tastes. It’s responsible. Our design principles and building practices incorporate environmentally mindful features that improve indoor air quality, enhance value, reduce energy and maintenance costs and are easy on the planet. It’s exceptional. We focus on quality in both your home and your experience.
Custom Design/Build Services
Good design is the foundation of a great home, and a smooth process. And craftsmanship is at the heart of our company philosophy. Whether or not we’re following a specific set of guidelines such as Passive House, we always build in a way that reduces waste in materials, resources, energy and water. And results in the home you envision.
We lived in a portion of our home during one of the remodels and were more than impressed by how clean they left the site every day. I was even comfortable walking around barefoot in the evenings.—Sharon B., Carmel Valley
Our home was built the 1920s and featured a lot of original brick, stone and wood work. We wanted to reuse as much of it as possible. Rob was really on board with this. Most impressive was the process for refinishing some of the original wood for use in our entryway and other areas of the home. I remember watching through the window as Rob went through piles of wood selecting and matching grains to achieve the best results. —Niels R., Carmel
Every day when I walk through the living room and into the kitchen, I am reminded of how much I love the results that Carmel Building & Design achieved, and how great they were to work with. —Beth E., Carmel
Rob’s passion and commitment came through from the beginning. Matt and the entire crew took pride in the parts they were playing in the creation of our beautiful and very comfortable home. Patty also played a big role. She is very knowledgeable and on top of everything. -Mica and Laureen