At Carmel Building & Design, we’re not just building new homes or remodeling existing ones. We’re creating comfortable living spaces guided by the principles of Passive House design. Imagine a home that’s not only comfortable, it’s also energy-efficient and eco-friendly, one that reduces your carbon footprint. That’s what we strive for.
We believe in Passive House design for several reasons. It not only yields a durable, healthy, and sustainable home, it also provides a variety of other benefits for homeowners. You get a home that’s measurably more comfortable and kinder to the environment. For more on how we do this, check out the 5 Key Principles of Passive House on our Sustainable Design & Build page.
Imagine a home that is exceptionally quiet, has healthy indoor air quality, maintains an even temperature, is free of drafts and cold spots, and uses significantly less energy. We incorporate innovations such as heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and electric heat pumps instead of traditional HVAC systems to achieve this.
HRV systems provide a continuous supply of fresh, filtered air while capturing the heat from the outgoing air and transferring it to the incoming air. This system expels moisture generated in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, preventing the build-up of condensation and moisture that can cause mold and mildew. The HRV also filters out toxins, allergens, and even smoke from wildfires, so people with asthma, allergies, or other sensitivities can enjoy the benefits of clean, healthy air.
Electric heat pumps are an energy-efficient solution for heating your home without burning fossil fuels. When cooling is needed, they function like a refrigeration system, removing heat from indoor spaces and releasing it outside. In combination with HRV, effective air sealing and continuous insulation, heat pumps create a consistently comfortable temperature throughout your home.
In Passive House, there’s no need to stand near a vent to warm up or avoid rooms that are too cold or too hot. The HRV system moves air constantly and evenly, maintaining a steady temperature throughout your home. Drafts from leaky walls and heater vents are a thing of the past. High-performing windows further reduce hot and cold spots. You can comfortably enjoy all your rooms, in every season.
Passive House design significantly lowers energy demand, reducing energy waste and your bills. With this approach, heating and cooling, as well as water heating – the primary energy guzzlers in homes – are efficiently managed. A Passive House can cut energy demand by 75 to 90 percent and the remaining demand can be covered by a small array of onsite solar panels.
Enjoy greater peace of mind with an all-electric home that eliminates dependence on fossil fuels. Electricity, after all, can be generated by renewable resources like solar, wind, and geothermal. With Passive House design, you can live comfortably and responsibly.
The Passive House approach, embraced by Carmel Building & Design, is a proven way to create a home that’s not just comfortable, but also energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and health-friendly. With innovations like Heat Recovery Ventilation systems and electric heat pumps, and practices like air sealing and continuous insulation, Passive House design is reshaping the way we live and interact with our environment.
If you’re ready to start the journey to your dream Passive House, we’re eager to assist you. Get in touch with us to discuss your Passive House project and let’s start creating a comfortable, sustainable living space for you.
July 23, 2019 Blog
July 23, 2019 Blog
We’re happy to say that there’s a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes in the Monterey Bay region.