Housewarming Party 9/4/2014
Clarum is getting nice and settled in our new home, and our recent Housewarming Party was a success. We’d like to extend a thank you to everyone who attended and helped us celebrate our new office!
On Thursday of last week, we had a steady stream of guests – including staff, clients, architects, consultants, designers, city staff, realtors, subcontractors, friends, and family. We all enjoyed live music and gourmet food trucks. Best of all, we got to show off our brand new net-zero building!
Here are some pictures of the event – we hope you had a blast, too!
At Clarum Homes, we’re passionate about transforming the way you live. That means creating comfortable, energy-efficient homes – which promote ecological stewardship, reduce monthly utility costs, and provide a comfortable and healthy living environment for our clients.
So it should come as no surprise that when it came to our own office headquarters, we held ourselves to the same standard. We are thrilled to announce our beautiful new office location on Olive Avenue, the very first net-zero office building in Palo Alto.
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