Jacquie recently attended the Passive House California 2015 conference in Palo Alto. Passive House represents today’s highest energy standard, with the aim of reducing the energy consumption of buildings by up to 80%. When combined with renewable energy systems, such as solar, Passive House design can create Net Zero Buildings. For more information check out: http://passivehousecal.org/what-passive-house. The conference covered a range of aspects of environmental design. Dr Urge-Vorsatz, a UN expert on climate change, gave a global overview, while other lectures introduced tools like Declare’s red-list, an on-line resource for assessing building products & materials, http://www.declareproducts.com.
We had a great time at the conference. Lots of design and discussion, and visits to the beach. Really impressed by Pae White’s art: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/artist-pae-white-los-angeles-studio-article, and Interstice Architects urban installations. All in the setting of Julia Morgan’s stunning Asilomar Conference Grounds.
Here are the latest photos from the Fabrikant Remodel. Thanks to Applelane Construction for their beautiful work, and Justin Fabrikant for the stunning furniture design. We are all proud to be a part of building this spacious and peaceful home. The clients have moved in and report that “he awakens here in the mornings feeling that he is on vacation”.
It has been a busy spring! Several projects are nearing completion, and many new projects are well underway. The Hapner and Fabrikant Residences and the Koch ADU are completed and looking amazing. The County accessibility project is finished and open for business. The Mosquito and Vector Control Laboratory and the Emeline reception areas are designed and being brought to bid. And there are some really exciting new residential projects moving through different stages of the design and permitting process.
We are proud to be part of the County buildings recent improvements, making the original building more accessible for all visitors.
The gorgeous Hapner Residence is nearing completion. Check out the latest site photos.
The City of Santa Cruz Department of Planning and Community Development has awarded The Habitat House and ADU a Green Building Award for Exceptional Design. The project exceeds the highest environmental building standards set by the City of Santa Cruz Green Building program, with an impressive 120 points for the house and 103 points for the ADU. The project team will be receiving the award on February 10th.
The Habitat for Humanity main house, constructed from SIPs (Structural Insulated panels), has achieved the required energy efficiency to qualify for a California Advanced Homes Grant. The house will be 45% more efficient than the standard California home. To qualify, the house was extensively HERS tested.