A tour of our All Electric Passive House, held live at the end of January 2020, is available on video. Take the virtual tour of this all-electric, high-performance, energy-efficient home to learn more about why Passive House is a better way to build—for people and the planet. You can check out each of the 13 individual segments or take the entire virtual tour.

All Electric Passive House Virtual Tour

All Electric Passive House Virtual Tour

In January 2020, we held an open house at a certified Passive House under construction so that visitors could...

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Segment 1: Welcome & Introduction

Segment 1: Welcome & Introduction

Welcome to an extremely energy-efficient, all-electric house. This house was designed, energy modeled and built...

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Segment 10: Insulating a High-Performance Home

Segment 10: Insulating a High-Performance Home

When it comes to the thermal performance of insulation, it is important to select a good product and then make...

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Segment 11: All Electric Home

Segment 11: All Electric Home

This home runs on electricity rather than combustion (burning fuels), reducing carbon emissions and increasing...

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Segment 12: Net Zero

Segment 12: Net Zero

In buildings, net zero is commonly defined as “producing as much energy onsite as is used onsite over one...

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Segment 13: Embodied Carbon & Operational Carbon

Segment 13: Embodied Carbon & Operational Carbon

The carbon footprint of any building can be broken down into two subsets—embodied carbon and operational...

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Rob Nicely

President & Partner

Rob studied art at the University of California, Davis and has been in the construction industry since 1980. His rare combination of technical expertise and artistic sensibility enables him to provide a unique and exceptional experience for clients. As president, Rob leads by example. He is dedicated to the highest standards of quality and customer service, and to using the latest techniques and technologies to create environmentally mindful homes.
Rob is a Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green) and Certified Passive House Consultant (Passive House Institute). He has served on the Passive House California board of directors since January 2018. Over the years Rob has garnered several accreditations. He participates in a variety of advocacy efforts, all focused on improving the quality of homes that Carmel Building & Design produces and increasing the ecological sustainability of the building industry in general. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys sculpting and painting.