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December 13, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Why You Should Work with an Energy-Efficient-Home Designer

In the fight against climate change, many homeowners are seeking to transform their homes with energy-efficient building principles.

August 14, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Building a Passive House vs Conventional Home | Energy Efficient Homes

When it comes to building a new home, there are many factors to consider.

August 8, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Passive House, Green Building and Energy-Efficient Design Principles

With today’s rise in environmental awareness, terms like “Passive House”, “Green Building” and “Energy Efficient” are often used in discussions about making responsible construction choices.

July 31, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

How Passive House Design Contributes to Sustainable Living

The demand for sustainable, energy-efficient homes is on the rise, and a notable trend that has emerged in this context is Passive House design.

July 21, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Can My Existing Home Become a Passive House?

Passive House represents the pinnacle of energy efficiency in architectural design, demanding minimal energy for heating or cooling purposes.

May 29, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Building Comfortable Homes with Passive House Principles

Whether we’re building you a new house or remodeling your current home, we use Passive House principles to achieve the ultimate in a comfortable living space

May 15, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Designing and Building an All Electric Certified Passive House and Advancing Global Climate Change Goals

See all the elements that go into designing and building a certified Passive House, and why it matters to homeowners and the planet.

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.

May 1, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Passive House — The Benefits to Homeowners are Designed and Built-In to Every Home

Carmel Building & Design chose Passive House as a way to design and build houses that are better for the homeowners, and the environment.

March 20, 2023 by Rob Nicely 0 Comments

Carmel Building & Design Article Featured By Passive House Accelerator

Our fourth certified Passive House project, this one in Pebble Beach, California, breaks new ground in how high-performance homes with a low carbon footprint are designed and built.

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.