Welcome to
Carmel Building & Design

We design and build homes using sustainable practices
including Passive House and electrification

Passive House design and build specialists serving the Monterey Bay area since 2000

We’re all about lowering the carbon footprint of the built environment through sustainable building practices like Passive House. Explore how sustainably designed and constructed homes significantly increase energy efficiency, durability, quiet and comfort, yield healthy indoor air quality and have a higher resale value. And we think it’s simply the right thing to do.

Progressive building practices like Passive House: Not just a way to build. We believe it’s the way to build.

Carmel Building & Design employs Passive House design and building principles to achieve measurable levels of energy efficiency and comfort. Passive House focuses on five key strategies that reduce the energy demand for heating and cooling—a large portion of a home’s energy usage—by 75 to 90 percent.

This advanced sustainable building approach delivers a variety of benefits, while allowing expression in any architectural style, at little or no added cost.

Featured Projects

Our goal for every home we design, build or remodel is to make it a true reflection of the homeowners’ vision.
Examples of our work demonstrate our driving philosophy to achieve a project and an experience that is personal, responsible, and exceptional for each client.

Recent Blog Posts

The Climate TRACE Coalition
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One organization—The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—is championing the move away from carbon-rich fossil fuels by focusing on the myriad organizations and industries that have the…

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A New Year. New Possibilities.
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I believe that persistence is the single most important ingredient in achieving success. It’s good to work smart, but my experience is that many problems…

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October 25, 2021

The Climate TRACE Coalition

October 25, 2021

The Climate TRACE Coalition

One organization—The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—is championing the move away from carbon-rich fossil fuels...

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February 25, 2021

Promoting and Creating Fundamental Change in the Sectors That Impact Climate Change

February 25, 2021

Promoting and Creating Fundamental Change in the Sectors That Impact Climate Change

One organization—The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—is championing the move away from carbon-rich fossil fuels...

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February 3, 2021

A New Year. New Possibilities.

February 3, 2021

A New Year. New Possibilities.

I believe that persistence is the single most important ingredient in achieving success. It’s good to work...

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November 25, 2020

Discovering More Benefits of Passive House Design and Building Strategies

November 25, 2020

Discovering More Benefits of Passive House Design and Building Strategies

We’ve just come through one of the most devastating fire seasons in California history. Besides putting an...

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July 21, 2020

Just Me, Thinking Out Loud

July 21, 2020

Just Me, Thinking Out Loud

Anyone who has read a blog, sat in on one of my presentations or been a client of Carmel Building & Design...

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July 23, 2019

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s Housing Program

July 23, 2019

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s Housing Program

We’re happy to say that there’s a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes in the Monterey Bay...

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July 8, 2019

AMBAG—Working to Make Our Communities and the Planet Healthier and Stronger

July 8, 2019

AMBAG—Working to Make Our Communities and the Planet Healthier and Stronger

Welcome to our first in a series that highlights area organizations dedicated to collaboration, addressing...

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March 25, 2019

Besides Saving the Planet, Renewable Resources for Electricity Can Improve Life in Other Ways

March 25, 2019

Besides Saving the Planet, Renewable Resources for Electricity Can Improve Life in Other Ways

While we may think “less pollution” and “reduced carbon emissions” when we think of switching from fossil fuels...

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February 12, 2019

Measuring Energy Efficiency Using the HERS Index

February 12, 2019

Measuring Energy Efficiency Using the HERS Index

With everything that’s measured, there has to be a benchmark, a starting point. And that’s true for measuring...

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October 17, 2018

Putting the “Power” in the Hands of the Homeowner

October 17, 2018

Putting the “Power” in the Hands of the Homeowner

We’re employing technology to monitor the success of our energy reduction strategies. And, with this...

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October 10, 2018

A Foggy Source of Water Becomes Clear

October 10, 2018

A Foggy Source of Water Becomes Clear

If there’s one thing that rings true much of the year, the Monterey Peninsula has no shortage of fog. It...

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September 5, 2018

A Big Step Toward Reducing Greenhouse Gasses – Opting for Electricity over Fossil Fuels

September 5, 2018

A Big Step Toward Reducing Greenhouse Gasses – Opting for Electricity over Fossil Fuels

The term “electrification of homes” is popping up more frequently in the design/build sector. It’s part of a...

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