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We're always uncovering new and interesting information about home performance, energy efficiency, and ways to make your home more comfortable. Check back here often to read the latest on these updates!
We're also interested in your questions about specific topics! If you have a topic or question you'd like to learn more about, our team will make every attempt to provide the most up-to-date information available through our many industry sources.
April 27, 2018
We will soon launch video segments that will follow us on our project in Santa Rosa.
The north coast fires for, all of their tragedy, present an opportunity for homes to be re-built sustainably and potentially produce more energy than they use for reasonably little additional initial cost.
However, the NETZERO concept and how to achieve a home that approaches that efficiency level is a mystery to most builders and owners whom want to re-build.
February 20, 2018
Green building and green builders?
You say green until you are pink in the face. Unless the project can be measured to a standard and independently verified the “green” means nothing.
Fortunately, we have some good standards developed by building science advocates for both residential and commercial building and for builders.
February 13, 2018
Many believe that a tankless water heater needs annual maintenance, but that is
a myth, according to Jason Fleming, marketing manager at Noritz America. “There’s no set time frame to service a tankless water heater,” explains Fleming. “It all depends on the hardness of the water.”
December 11, 2017
Duct sealing can help resolve many common problems in homes across the Walnut Creek and Concord areas and make them feel more comfortable. So why isn't it done more often?
Duct Sealing is Not Glamourous
Sealing duct systems of residential heating and cooling systems is a job without glamour. It involves work in cramped and often unpleasant spaces like attics and crawlspaces. Though the results of comfort and efficiency are often dramatic, duct sealing is a job most HVAC companies do not want to do and few do well.
September 7, 2016
Zoning residential HVAC systems using a single furnace and air conditioning unit is one of the more complicated mechanical engineering problems faced by HVAC contractors.
September 6, 2016
Just like music or clothes, insulation falls in and out of fashion. One of the latest "darlings" of the building industry is spray foam insulation. And, while it has the beneficial effects of closing air leaks and providing high R-value insulation, we've found time and time again that the considerable downsides outweigh the benefits.
What Our Customers Are Saying
Lowell has built homes I designed in Piedmont and the Oakland hills area. Both projects were executed with a high degree of craftsmanship and went very smoothly. Lowell has shown good communication and organizational skill which accounts for his satisfied clients.
Douglas A. McQuillan, Architect, CA