Clarum Homes has been busy constructing the first Passive home in San Mateo County, California: A Menlo Park Passive Home! It blends unsurpassed energy-efficient technology and sustainable building materials into a custom home that is gorgeously designed, healthy for occupants, and amazingly comfortable.
Come visit the Menlo Passive house this weekend during their open house, Saturday & Sunday 1:30-4:30, 1206 North Lemon, Menlo Park, CA.
Clarum Homes just hosted their first Broker Tour yesterday, it was a great turnout! You can tour this custom built home and see how the following features help construct a home that is extremely healthy for not only the owner, but the environment as well:
- Advanced SIPS Wall System & SIP Roof
- Solar Hot Water System
- Solar Power System
- Air & Moisture Barrier
- Interior Air Sealing
- Low VOC Paint
- Induction Cooking
- Electric Car Plug
- LED Lighting
- Condensing Dryer
- High Performance Doors
- Eco Flooring
- Drought Tolerant Landscaping
- And MUCH MUCH MORE…
WHY GO PASSIVE?
A passive home is an extremely comfortable, healthy, econominical, and sustainable home, designed and constructed to use up to 90% less energy than a traditional home. What’s more, these efficiency gains aren’t due to some constrained design approach. Passive homes are elegant, comfortable living spaces that can be designed to meet your lifestyle, aesthetic tasts, and stylistic preferences.
HOW DO SIPS HELP HOMES BECOME PASSIVE?
Structural Insulated Panels help highly insulate a passive home and seal it to prevent outside air infiltration and heat loss. Specific to the Menlo Park home, Premier SIPS has helped insulate the home by providing advanced wall systems and a super insulated roof. SIPS walls reduce heating/cooling load, keep indoor temperatures constant and Premier SIPS are stronger, straighter and far more durable than traditional stick framing. SIPS can also provide super insulation even with vaulted ceilings!
And summer is starting to bring on the hotter months, SIPS helps the home stay much cooler without the need for air conditioning. Of course, the design of the home helps with shading and well-planned window orientation to keep the house at a comfortable temperature.
Because the house is so super insulated and tight, a heat recovery ventilator provides a constant, balanced fresh air supply. The result is an impressive system that not only saves up to 90% of space heating costs, but also provides healthy indoor air quality! Questions on mechanical ventilation systems? Read a past Tech Tuesday past blog post: Build Tight…But We Still Need Fresh Air Right?
Menlo Passive Open House | Sat June 11th & Sun June 12th | 1:30-4:30 | 1206 North Lemon, Menlo Park, CA
Questions on Menlo Passive House: Visit Menlo Passive
Questions on SIPS: Visit Premier SIPS