New ’embodied carbon’ measuring software used in building Pebble Beach passive house (Monterey Herald, 2023)
CARMEL – When the first Passive House on the Central Coast was completed in Carmel, it introduced the concept of incorporating proven construction methods that reduce energy use by up to 90% and leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
Ten years later, Carmel Building and Design is building its fourth certified Passive House using new software to measure embodied carbon, the first time it has been used in this region.
Between the first Passive House Institute U.S.-certified house built in 2013 in Carmel, there have been two other PHI-certified passive houses built in Pacific Grove in 2014 and Carmel Valley in 2019.
Passive building is a set of design principles for attaining a rigorous level of energy efficiency while also creating comfortable indoor living spaces. These principles can be applied to all buildings, including single-family homes, multifamily apartment buildings, schools, skyscrapers and more, according to the PHIUS website.
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