The real power behind switching to renewable energy

Recently we’ve seen and heard some commentary on the perceived futility of Monterey Bay Community Power’s adding renewable resources to the power grid through PG&E. The thought is that the power from all sources, no matter the source, go into the grid and ends up at your home or business. The latter is true. But, it’s important to consider this… The more people opt for and financially support the concept of 100 percent renewable energy—like that from solar, wind and geothermal—the more of those resources will join the energy stream. MORE

What’s New

Progressive Building Practices and Passive House

Learn more about the ways we are improving energy efficiency, indoor air quality and durability and reducing carbon emissions in homes by exploring the Brochures/Flyers in our News Section. We’ve provided downable versions that provide details on our Progressive Building Practices and Passive House.


Graceful Carmel Beauty

Situated near the Bay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, this 4,000-square-foot home underwent an extensive interior remodel. Soft white finishes on walls and ceilings accentuate the natural light that beams in through windows and skylights. 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.

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

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