Carmel Building And Design - Events and Presentations

Join us in celebrating Earth Day at MEarth

Learn more about our Progressive Building Practices and Passive House by visiting our booth at the MEarth Day 2019 event on Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Get on board with CA YIMBY

California YIMBY – that’s Yes In My Back Yard – is launching a statewide grassroots advocacy movement. An informational meeting is set for:
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
At UC MBEST, 3180 Imjin Road, Marina, Conference Room A

Come learn more about efforts to end the housing crisis in our state as well as California YIMBY’s legislative agenda, organizing model and local land use policies. You’ll also hear about the volunteer team structure and exciting volunteer opportunities.

RSVP to For more information on the organization and its mission, visit

Celebrate Earth Day at MEarth

This Saturday, April 21, is Earth Day. And a perfect day to get informed and involved—or more involved—in efforts that honor and protect the Earth. It’s our responsibility to do what we can, every day, to raise awareness and participation. It’s vital to all of us.

The 2018 event at MEarth is a fun event for people of all ages to learn about ways to be part of the solution. Get informed. Get involved.


Rob Nicely interviewed on KGO September 24th

On September 24th, Rob Nicely of Carmel Building & Design was interviewed on the radio show Techonomics on KGO Radio 810 AM by host Jason Middleton. Listen here as they discuss the latest innovations in progressive building practices, including Passive House, that make the built environment more harmonious with the natural environment. And learn more about the North American Passive House Network’s Passive + Renewables conference coming to Oakland October 4 to 8.

Be sure to listen for our radio spots on KGO throughout the day starting Friday September 8. Visit and to learn more and purchase tickets for this exciting conference.


Rob Nicely to present Passive House 101 during June 22 webinar

If you’ve been curious about the energy- and carbon-emission reducing power of Passive House, plan to join the free Webinar featuring a presentation by Rob Nicely—Passive House 101—plus information on two new tiers of certification recently added by the Passive House Institute to incentivize the use of renewable energy: Passive House Plus & Passive House Premium. Co-hosted by Compact and AMBAG, the 90-minute webinar is set for June 22, 1:00 p.m.

The webinar is free. Please register here. If you have questions, please email or call:

Kelsey Albers, Emerging Ecologies
(530) 906-8091

North American Passive House Network Conference and Expo


Building a zero carbon future
Posted December 11, 2015

Yet another enlightening Building Carbon Zero conference, presented by Passive House California, is behind us, leaving opportunities, hope and lots of work in front of us. Change is never easy and typically not fast, but there are so many steps we can take, and have taken, that move us in the right direction. One thing we heard from keynote speaker Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is that as an industry, we must move building standards such as Passive House and others that result in extreme energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions from a niche market to mass market. Given the building science, existing examples and data, and technologies and techniques we already practice, there really are no sound reasons why the move from niche to mass market can’t be made.

If you weren’t able to attend, no worries. Check out the conference website for a brief recap, a list of our generous sponsors, presentation videos, and photos from the PedalHaus Tour, held the day following the conference. Here are links to informative recaps by sponsors and presenters at the event.

To join in the movement or get more information, send an email to


Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, PhD is keynote speaker at Building Carbon Zero California
Posted October 16, 2015

We are honored to announce that Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatzwill be the keynote speaker at Building Carbon Zero California, November 13, in Palo Alto. Her expertise, research and leadership have greatly expanded our knowledge and inspired action regarding climate change, and the design/build industry’s role in particular. Dr. Ürge-Vorsatzis Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy and a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. She is also Vice Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She was the Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC report awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Her focus on residential and commercial greenhouse gas mitigation in buildings continues to influence policymakers, leaders and builders around the world.

She earned her PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley) and her Master of Science in Physics from the Eötvös University in Budapest. She has served on the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change, and led the buildings-related work in the Global Energy Assessment.

For a sneak preview of what you will hear at Building Carbon Zero California, watch the interviews.

For more information on Building Carbon Zero California and to purchase tickets, visit



Past Events

Check out the presenters to be featured at Building Carbon Zero California
Posted October 13, 2015

Building Carbon Zero California, hosted by Passive House California, brings together some of today’s leading experts in the high-performance building field. Here are 5 of 17. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight the presenters who will share their expertise and insight during the November 13 conference. For complete bios on all presenters and to get your tickets today, visit

Lizzie Adams is a mechanical engineer with PAE Engineering. She holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Northeastern University, graduating summa cum laude in 2008. Before joining PAE, she was with Beyond Efficiency where she led their commercial building energy modeling, mechanical engineering and commissioning efforts.  Prior to that, Lizzie was a sustainability consultant at Umow Lai, a leading multi-disciplinary firm in Australia.

Stuart Bernstein is the global head of the Clean Technology and Renewables (CTR) Group for Goldman, Sachs & Co., the firm he joined after graduating from Haas School of Business in 1985. He received his MBA and MPA from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively.

James Bill is a licensed architect, a certified Passive House Designer and president of Zero Impact Architecture (ZIA), a firm dedicated to integrating beauty and the science of deep sustainability. He was the architect of the first newly built Passive House in California and is an accredited LEED professional with a masters in architecture from MIT.

Roger Boulton is the Stephen Sinclair Scott Professor of Enology and Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received chemical engineering degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He led the design and development teams for the LEED Platinum Winery and Jackson Sustainable Winery Building within the Robert Mondavi Institute.

John Druelinger, CPHC, launched his career in sustainability in 2009 when he co-authored the first Climate Action Plan for The Evergreen State College in Washington State. Now at 475 High Performance Building Supply in Brooklyn, John focuses on creating and enriching building science educational content available (at no cost) on the company’s website: He holds a degree in Sustainability Planning from The Evergreen State College and a masters in science from The City College of New York’s Sustainability in the Urban Environment program.


carbon-zeroBuilding Carbon Zero California event set for November 13
Posted September 11, 2015

Mark your calendar and get your tickets for the 2015 “Building Carbon Zero California” event hosted by Passive House California (PHCA). The fourth in a series, the event also serves as PHCA’s annual conference. In addition to large group presentations and panel discussions, break-out sessions follow one of two tracks: Carbon, Efficiency + PV and Retrofits and Large Passive House. More than 17 respected and renowned experts will share how increasing energy efficiency while reducing carbon emissions is being addressed both here and across the continent.

An expo during the event features a variety of companies that provide some of today’s most advanced materials, technologies and equipment used to achieve high-performance buildings.

Friday, November 13, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Bike tour of high-performance projects, Saturday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For a complete list of speakers, sponsors, conference schedule and to purchase tickets visit Early bird pricing for PHCA members ends September 30.

Tune in to hear Rob Nicely and Steven Jungerberg on the Neal and Larry Show

On Saturday, October 18, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., tune your radios to KION news talk, 1460 AM or FM 101.1 to hear Rob Nicely (president/owner Carmel Building & Design) and Steven Jungerberg (president/owner Retro Green Homes) on the Neal and Larry Show. You’ll hear about some of the latest innovations in plumbing, water heating and grey water recycling that we’re using in a Carmel home, and other green building strategies that are integral to every home we build. These are not your everyday approaches.

The live Neal and Larry Show explores practical and innovative ways to gain self-sufficiency in architecture and community and as individuals.


Green Essentials—a workshop for Real Estate Professionals

Green Essentials, a free workshop for Real Estate Professionals, takes participants through the latest information on why “green” is becoming a key factor in buying and selling homes. Presented by Jay Gentry, owner/president of Con Com-T Inc. (consulting) and regional director of Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP), the workshop offers practical insight on how being “green” savvy can positively impact a Realtor’s business. Today, a growing number of sellers and buyers understand that energy efficiency and environmentally sound design influence a home’s market value, comfort and durability as well as the cost of living in a home over time.

Friday, June 20, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Il Fornaio, Carmel

There is no cost to attend and lunch is included. Space is limited. For more information and to make your reservation, contact Jay Gentry at or (831) 626-1340.

The workshop and lunch sponsored by Community Home Energy Retrofit Project, Build It Green, Carmel Building & Design and TreeHouse Mortgage. Carmel Building & Design is proud to be a sponsor of this event.


Anya Spear to speak at March 19 Sustainable Building & Innovation meeting

Anya Spear, Associate Director of Campus Planning at CSUMB is the featured speaker at the March 19 meeting of the Sustainable Building & Innovation (SB&I) group, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Monterey College of Law. Anya will highlight the 2013 and upcoming Main Campus Move Out events designed (and proven) to keep tons of waste out of landfills. This amazing effort involves dozens of volunteers and, in 2013, resulted in 7.2 tons of waste diverted from landfills to donations, reuse and recycling. Hear how this year’s Move Out aims to surpass last year’s achievement and how participants in the SB&I group can be involved in the effort.


Check out the speakers featured at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay

Here’s the fifth of five renowned speakers you’ll meet at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay, March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. Get all the details and buy your tickets today at


Ann Edminster—A principal author of the LEED for Homes Rating System and author of Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, Ann is a leading international expert on green home design and construction. For more on Ann Edminster, click here.


Check out the speakers featured at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay

Here’s the fourth of five renowned speakers you’ll meet at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay, March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. Get all the details and buy your tickets today at


Graham Irwin—BPI Building Analyst and Certified Passive House Consultant Graham Irwin is principal of Essential Habitat, a Northern California design and consulting practice with an emphasis on Passive House methodology. One of the first Passive House Consultants certified in the US, he a founder of Passive House California (PHCA). His building industry experience is wide ranging from carpenter, plumber and electrician to general contractor, building designer and building scientist. For more on Graham Irwin, click here.


Check out the speakers featured at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay

Here’s the third of five renowned speakers you’ll meet at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay, March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. Get all the details and buy your tickets today at


Devon Hartman—Devon is principal of Claremont, California-based Hartman Energy Strategies, LLC and Executive Director of Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP). Today, he puts his 35 years of experience in architecture, construction and business to work in energy efficiency education and strategic business consulting. Through Hartman Energy Strategies, he works with cities, community organizations and contractors to increase organizational efficiencies and sustainable building practices resulting in greater profitability and the reduction of fossil fuel use in buildings throughout California and beyond. For more on Devon Hartman, click here.


Check out the speakers featured at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay

Here’s the second of five renowned speakers you’ll meet at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay, March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. Get all the details and buy your tickets today at


Nick Grant—Technical Director of the UK Passivhaus Trust, Nick is among the earliest adopters and advocates of Passivhaus in the UK. He has worked as a Passivhaus consultant on many projects including Certified Passivhaus schools, single-family homes, flats, offices and a co-housing development. Nick is an engineer and builder who enjoys the theoretical side of low energy building design. For more on Nick Grant, click here.


Check out the speakers featured at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay

Passive House California—with help from sponsors like Carmel Building & Design—is hosting speakers who are renowned leaders in green building at Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay. Mark your calendar for March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. Get all the details and buy your tickets today at (early bird pricing expires February 28). Speakers are Alex Wilson, Founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and Executive Editor, Environmental Building News & GreenSpec; Nick Grant, Technical Director of the UK Passivhaus Trust; Devon Hartman, Hartman Energy Strategies, LLC and Co-Founder/Executive Director of CHERP (Community Home Energy Retrofit Project); Graham Irwin, Building Analyst, Certified Passive House Consultant and principal of Essential Habitat; and Ann Edminster, international expert on green home design and construction. Over our next few posts, we’ll highlight each of these movers and shapers of sustainable building concepts for today, and tomorrow.


Alex Wilson—Alex founded BuildingGreen, Inc. in 1985 and launched Environmental Building News—the first North American publication focused on green building—in 1992. During the past three-plus decades, he has been a trusted voice on energy efficiency and environment responsible design and construction. Alex received the 2008 U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership Award for Education and in 2010, he was honored with the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. For more on Alex Wilson, click here.

BCZGet your tickets for the big March 26 event—Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay

Carmel Building & Design is proud to be a sponsor of Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay—hosted by Passive House California. It’s Wednesday, March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. The day will be filled with dynamic speakers, panel discussions and workshops and an expo featuring select vendors—all focused on ways we can reduce our carbon footprint while pumping up energy efficiency, health and comfort in the built environment. If you’re attending the conference, you are also invited to tour local high performance projects immediately following the event. The free tour is limited to 100 people so be sure to sign up when you purchase your tickets.

Lunch and refreshments are included and free parking is available Tickets are on sale now and are selling fast. For more information and to purchase tickets visit


U.S. Green Building Council–Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) Launches Building Health Initiative
Exciting developments like the launch of the USGBC-NCC Building Health Initiative show that people are aware of and rallying around issues concerning the environment —both in our buildings and on our planet. Learn more at the upcoming USGBC-NCC meeting:
Wednesday, February 5, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Moss Landing Marine Labs
8272 Moss Landing Road
USGBC-NCC executive director Dan Gieger will deliver the organization’s state of the union message and discuss the Building Health Initiative.
For more info on the Building Health Initiative, go to
For meeting details and to register, visit


Focus 2014: Sustainability and a Sense of Place
Mark your calendar for February 12 and join in the 7th annual CSUMB showcase on sustainability and addressing climate change. Carmel Building & Design’s Rob Nicely will be on hand to discuss Green Building on the Central Coast during an afternoon breakout session.

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Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) debuts on the Central Coast.
Learn all about it at the December 18 meeting of the Sustainable Building & Innovation group, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Monterey College of Law.
Jay Gentry, President, Con-Com-T Inc, will talk about CHERP—an exciting initiative proven to dramatically improve energy efficiency, and reap both financial and environmental benefits. Brainchild of Devon Hartman, CHERP originated as a partnership between the city of Claremont, CA, local energy efficiency experts and volunteers. Today, cities and counties throughout the State are embracing this successful approach. In collaboration with Carmel Building & Design, Jay is working to bring the program to our area. Don’t miss this opportunity to get behind this important endeavor.


You don’t want to miss this!
Mark your calendar for March 26, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and plan to attend the Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay conference at The Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz. The day will be packed with exciting guest speakers, workshops, displays and info on the latest innovations and a trade expo. Carmel Building & Design is collaborating with Passive House California (PHCA) on this annual Building Carbon Zero event. Stay tuned for more details.


You’re invited to participate
If you’d like to learn more about—or better yet, get involved in—the exciting initiatives and innovations that address use of precious natural resources and protect our environment and economy, plan to attend our next meeting on December 18. The Sustainable Building and Innovation workgroup (also called building & design cluster), part of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts to bring people together to address issues vital to our County, meets the third Wednesday of each month, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Monterey College of Law. You might just be surprised at all the work that’s going on and the progress we’ve already made. For more info, check out and


Passive House California’s Fall Symposium, San Rafael, CA, October 3, 2013
Rob Nicely will share his expertise and experience on achieving extreme energy efficiency.
For more info, visit


ACI Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 30 – May 3, 2013
Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) is the nation’s leading educational resource for the home performance industry.
Rob Nicely will lead a session entitled Extreme Efficiency with No Aesthetic Compromise: Building a High End Passive House, May 2.


Monterey Home & Garden Expo, Monterey, CA, March 9 – 10, 2013
Rob Nicely gave a presentation entitled Homes of the Future about Passive House technology, March 9