Carmel Building And Design - Awards

economic-vitality-awardCB&D receives Economic Vitality Award
Posted February 29, 2016

We are so honored to be among the organizations recognized by the Monterey County Business Council for contributing to the economic vitality, growth and preservation of Monterey County communities. We are especially proud to be chosen for Sustainable Building & Design since that is at the core of what we do. For us, building sustainably results in a better quality, more durable, comfortable and valuable home.

At the awards gala held in early February, Sam Farr was honored for his years of service and contributions to our regional economic health. We are proud of all the organization that were recognized: Creative & Technology: Sand City, West End; Health & Wellness: The Monterey Program for Executive Health; Higher Education & Research: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS); Hospitality: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; and Agriculture: Taylor Farms and Advancing Manufacturing: Steiner eOptics.
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Photo: Batista Moon Studio


Exceeding the standards for energy efficiency
Posted April 21, 2015

The California residential building code continues to move in the right direction, setting higher standards for energy efficiency and resource conservation. We are very happy about that and proud to be ahead of the curve and part of the solution to the challenges facing the environment. A recent confirmation that our approach works is our second Passive house being recognized by the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) as Project of the Quarter. Based on PG&E data, CAHP selected this Pacific Grove home because its’ energy efficiency exceeded the standards of 2008 Title 24 by 64.6%, the highest percentage of any residence in the state.

Everyone on the project worked together to create a home with the level of energy efficiency that we hope will be a model for residential building in California, and around the country.

Builder: Carmel Building & Design—
Energy Consultant: Beyond Efficiency—
HERS Rater: Retro Green Homes—
Architect: Bill Foster—

The 2014-15 CAH Program encourages residential new construction to meet two goals of the California Public Utilities Commission—to help builders prepare for future code changes and build homes above code and ahead of the curve; and for all new homes to reach Zero Net Energy by 2020.

Check out the CAHP first quarter 2015 newsletter. We made the front page!

  • Fine Homebuilding magazine, “Best New Home” in the 2013 HOUSES Awards issue
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Monterey Bay, 2012 Green Building Champion Award