Three indoor units provide the right mix of comfort and efficiency for this well-insulated but complex floor plan.
Indoor fireplaces don't work well in superinsulated houses, so these California homeowners decided to meet their nostalgic need for a wood burner by putting it on the covered patio.
Verifying high-performance house metrics under California's Title 24 earns some rebates from the utility company.
Delta air barriers and tapes and Rockwool insulation on the interior and exterior of the building envelope are key components of this high-performance house.
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.
The air-sealing efforts pay off with Passive House–level airtightness
Faced with consequences equivalent to a giant asteroid set to hit the earth in 10 to 50 years, we designers and builders owe it to the future to do our part—and we need to start right now.
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