We are so happy to announce that we are officially certified Passive House Builders! After our team attended the 14th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Washington DC., they then spent several days taking the classes to become Certified Passive House Builders.
During the shutdown we have been receiving calls and website inquiries from people wanting to discuss their house projects. We understand that these projects have likely become top of mind while being stuck at home and in fielding these inquiries, I realized that it might be helpful if you knew what services we are offering that can still be done during the shutdown that keep you safe and our staff safe while still planning for some of your spring and summer projects.
Air sealing & controlled ventilation are probably the biggest performance improvements one can make in a building, and they affect all kinds of things; energy use, comfort, occupant health, and durability of the structure. It’s not often that making one improvement in construction can affect so many things so dramatically, but air sealing is one of them. For a fairly low upfront cost, air sealing will save our clients a great deal on energy costs for decades to come (helping the environment at the same time), as well as making their homes much more comfortable, healthy, and durable
We recently attended the 14th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Washington DC. The conference had exciting keynote speakers and breakout sessions about high-performance construction. At the end of the conference, we toured other Passive House projects and then spent several days taking the class to become Certified Passive House Builders.
One constant on almost every one of our job sites is the presence of existing trees and a desire to preserve them through the construction process, to the greatest extent possible. This is an area that has been a constant challenge for us (and I imagine for many builders). Given the unique ability that trees have to help fight climate change, we believe that anything that supports the health of trees on our construction sites is an imperative.
On this note, I am really excited to announce a new collaboration with Jerad Oren from Bluestone Tree Service, and Seth Inman, a certified Arborist with Trees PLE. We will now be working with them throughout the construction process to provide comprehensive tree protection services.
We had an opportunity to do a really special project recently when we were asked to decommission a built-in greenhouse for a previous client because it was dilapidated and becoming unstable and potentially dangerous. We have done several renovations in this home over the last two years and it has become quite special to us. It was built by our client’s father in the 1970s, largely out of reclaimed and recycled materials that he had salvaged from his own construction jobs at the time. He passed away a few years ago and his daughter and her husband and kids now own the home.