WE ARE A FULL SERVICE COMPANY FOR DESIGN AND PLANNING OF CUSTOM RESIDENCES:
Our new line, the Zero E Home is a break through to new dimensions in deep energy savings. Designed along the lines of the Passive House Energy Standard it is the most efficient and cost effective approach to Zero Energy.
We apply this approach to new construction projects as well as to remodels of existing homes.
Designing a Zero E Home requires meticulous planning. All details are new and different. 90% of the energy savings are achieved in the Design Phase. Therefore you need detailed plans which will make construction a breeze and save you money.
The typical planning process includes the following:
In this phase we review the program and parameters of the project, develop ideas and establish the budget for construction.
Watch your plans develop online and enjoy the design collaboration. Full computer graphics make communicating fun and easy.
Computer Energy Modeling (PHPP)
All projects undergo rigorous and detailed energy modeling using the Passive House’s own energy modeling program called PHPP. This tool is the key to achieving the targeted deep energy savings and has been refined and field tested over many years proving itself to be closest to real life performance. The PHPP is at the heart of the planning process. It is the design tool which determines the details, insulation levels, performance of all building components, mechanical systems and more.
We assist our clients in choosing the best contractor for a successful and enjoyable construction project.
Construction Documents/ Permit Plans/ Book of Details and Specifications
All digital plans contain very specific information necessary to achieve the deep energy savings. Therefore our plans exceed the details and information of a conventional construction project. All plans are developed for the builder with thorough detailing and practical and easily accessible information. This eliminates mistakes, head scratching and assures time savings on the job site.
The Book of Details and Specifications contains additional information about sequences, procedures, specific protocols, materials, suppliers, and schedules necessary to assure the quality of the project.
In this phase we provide guidance to the builder and owner with any questions, decisions or changes that might come up. It is typical to educate the builder who is not familiar with the specifics of the Passive House approach helping him to understand and achieve the desired quality.
We also offer:
ENERGY REMODELS/ RE-BUILDS
Bringing existing homes up to energy high performance is a major challenge in the years to come. We can bring your home to various levels of efficiencies. The range spans from a simple weatherization to an extensive remodel where deep energy savings and tax credits are available. See successful examples on the projects gallery. ( more )
PRE- PURCHASE SITE ANALYSIS
We offer consulting services before you buy your property. We help you to consider all parameters and make the best decisions for realizing your building project.
HOME ENERGY CONSULTATIONS
It is highly recommendable to perform an energy inspection before you purchase a home or if you feel that your utility bills are too high in your existing home. We can help you understand the full picture of potential savings versus the necessary investment to achieve them. We will identify the most cost effective approach and measures for you, which are necessary to make your building more energy efficient. We can provide you with the best strategy working with your budget and help you implement the improvements.
HOME ENERGY AUDITS
An energy audit is the next higher level after an inspection. The building is diagnosed using a blower door test to identify heat lost due to air infiltration and an infrared camera to find under insulated areas and thermal bridges. We will look for thermal bypass issues, assess your heating system and you will receive a report with recommendations improving the situation based on cost and effect.
The game plan to implement the improvements typically requires a team of players which we will put together for you. We will coordinate and oversee the actual work for maximum success.
PRE- DRAWN HOUSE PLANS
Zero E Homes
Pre-drawn stock plans save time, money and can be modified to suit your individual needs. Zero E Design offers a range of very affordable and beautiful 2 and 3 bedroom house plans that are ready to be built. Package deals are available for plan sets, project manual and schedules, green building specifications and cost estimating and energy modeling for your specific area.
Receive better mortgage rates and substantial tax credits through deep energy savings. Increase your resale value or achieve lease premiums on your investment.
Please feel free to inquire about prices. ( more )