Dave Good, CPHC, is the co-founder and contractor at Atmosphere Design Build, a small northern California firm focused on handcrafted, high performance buildings.
Three indoor units provide the right mix of comfort and efficiency for this well-insulated but complex floor plan.
An organized waste stream and the use of recycled building materials were key to keeping the trash-to-materials ratio low.
Verifying high-performance house metrics under California's Title 24 earns some rebates from the utility company.
Clever flashing, thoroughly sealed downspouts, and custom channels behind the siding make the rain-management details all but disappear on the California FHB House.
Carpenters adapt their tools and water-shedding strategies to work with standing-seam steel panels.
Plentiful well water allows for a simple fire-suppression system separate from the domestic water supply.
Our air barrier gets us to 1.0 ACH50. Our windows and doors get us Passive House tight.
Setting up scaffolding for the duration of the job saves time on high-performance wall assemblies
The air-sealing efforts pay off with Passive House–level airtightness
Locating the compressor outdoors and using CO2 as the refrigerant eliminates some of the biggest concerns builders have with typical hybrid water heaters have.
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