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Discovering more benefits of Passive House design and building strategies
We’ve just come through one of the most devasting fire seasons in California history. Besides putting an exclamation point on hotter, dryer conditions worsened by the effects of climate change, it presents real opportunities for us to examine how we design and build homes and other structures. And it raises awareness of our ability to create fire-resistant homes and protect occupants from harmful smoke that impairs indoor air quality. While we may not be able to make homes fireproof, Building Science shows us that we have the strategies and know-how to mitigate the destruction and protect occupants from the dangers of poor indoor air quality. And we can build in a way that increases energy-efficiency and decreases carbon emissions that lead to climate change. MORE

Passive House building on pilot projects, awareness in Monterey County

Housing projects in Monterey, Seaside to incorporate Passive House concepts, other sustainability elements in design

The acceptance of Passive House design and building principles is growing in the Monterey Bay region.

Passive House is a proven concept in dramatically increasing energy efficiency and lowering related carbon emissions in the built environment. During this summer’s fires in the midst of the COVID pandemic, the added benefit of healthy indoor air quality that comes from following Passive House principles became even more evident. An article by James Herrera in the October 30, 2020 issue of the Monterey Herald sheds light on the benefits and the accelerating momentum of the Passive House movement in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

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.

Exceptional Home.
Exceptional Experience.

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.

My husband is knowledgeable about construction so he and Rob were able to communicate easily. I appreciated that Rob took time to explain things in a way that I could understand. He made it comfortable for me to participate in the process.—Sharon B., Carmel Valley

Rob’s team of carpenters was great and very friendly, and he held subcontractors to a very high standard. —Niels and Jan R., Carmel

When a project involved sub-contractors, we could count on Rob to select tradespeople who produced quality work. —Larry B., Carmel Valley

Carmel Building & Design exceeded our expectations. The competence and integrity of the process and team were obvious. We ended the project feeling as though we had made new friends. —Roger P., Quail Meadows