Saturday, September 23, 2017

North American Passive House Network 2017 Conference is coming soon!

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Don’t miss this year’s NAPHN’s conference in Oakland.  The theme is Passive + Renewables and it’s going to highlight the best ways to reach Net Zero Energy. NAPHN Conference (link here and see attachments).
A few things to consider:
  • Vancouver and New York are BANKING ON PASSIVE HOUSE…  Vancouver has 2.2 Million SF of new Passive House projects under construction and NYC has required municipal buildings and city-owned affordable housing to use Passive House.
  • Skysrapers are now being designed with Passive House: the three tallest Passive House buildings in the world will be presented at NAPHN17.
  • Our 32-vendor EXPO has an INNOVATION Zone that will blow you away! New products not seen before will be here – alongside all the highest performance products on the US market.
  • Accounting for and reducing the need for BATTERY STORAGE is the next leap in making renewable energy our grid future. Learn more about that at #NAPHN17.
  • Keynote speaker: Scott Foster, Director of the Sustainable Energy Division for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and North America. Passive House is being included as the baseline energy target for this standard for member states to use to meet their Paris Agreement targets. (Link to Press Release: This announcement could not be more appropriate or timely as the U.S. withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement. and will focus on widespread adoption of Passive House building strategies and bring together others who are continually committed to a post carbon all-renewable energy future.
  • Why is the whole world attending #NAPHN17? We have presenters from China, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Japan. Represent your region at #NAPHN17!
Wouldn't you like to attend?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Restoration of the first house I ever built (w/ the best guidance imaginable!)

We were recently asked to restore Momka's House (see Work).   Having been rented for 40 years left its mark on the home. Upgrades include a new kitchen (see earlier post), mini split heat pump HVAC, LED lighting and more. For further details go to It is for sale. All photos by Tyler Chartier.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

From overhead

Another home I designed was recently on the market.  This aerial gives a wonderful overview:

Kamei Update

Occasionally I'll notice a home we designed and built come up for sale. How did the home fair over time? What did they upgrade? Here are a few photos to see:


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A New Kitchen

We recently have restored a home we built years ago. See Momka's House in our projects. For the kitchen, we went completely fresh and new. As you can imagine it needed it. Here's a photo of how it was:

And here is how the kitchen is today:

Crisp new fir floors, now integrating with all the public areas of the house; vertical grain fir cabinets, flush style; large 17"x26" Porcelanosa tile counters; new led lighting; and new appliances.  A unique feature we certainly kept is the window seat - in the kitchen! With a view window and a skylight directly overhead! Imagine a cool winter day curled up with your tea or coffee - close at hand.   Another special feature, part of the original design is the window wall overlooking a meadow. Every kitchen should have extensive views to the outdoors. We routinely design large windows at the kitchen sink into our projects.  Photo by Tyler Chartier.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A diminutive 800 sf?

 Up out of the ground in the Redwood Forest, this granny unit, when completed, will live large. An accessible 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, kitchen + great room w/ vaulted ceilings, laundry, covered porch and an oversize garage. Check out the progress: