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 the energy efficiency of a home. Otherwise, how would we know if we’re meeting goals, getting where we want to be, making progress in decreasing overall energy consumption and the related carbon emissions that lead to climate change? And that’s where the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) comes in. MORE
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.
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