Guide to High-Performance Home-Building

High-Performance Home Building Guide

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Today, anyone planning a new custom home should think high-performance from the start. You have an incredible array of options including eco-friendly construction materials, solar electric power systems, energy efficient windows, and on-demand tankless water heaters. Making these choices means that your new home will greatly reduce your energy and water use. High performance homes are healthier, smarter for the environment, and a great long-term investment.

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To help prepare you for some of the decisions you’ll be making, Clarum Homes has put together a step by-step High-Performance Home Building Guide (if you don’t already have a copy, just click on the graphic above to download the PDF). We want to aid you in understanding your different choices and how they all come together. This information will make your journey easier and help you prepare for success.

Below, we’ve listed helpful information to supplement the Home-Building Guide. If you are interested in learning more about a specific topic, simply click on the link below.

Call us today to learn more about our custom home building services:

Tom Sutherland, Project Manager
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Indoor Air Quality: The Health Benefits in a Passive Home

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Passive Homes and the Environment

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Permitting Process in Silicon Valley

Deciding to build a custom home in Silicon Valley is an involved process, and understanding the progression of a construction project is essential to both your mental well-being and the success of your...

Questions to Ask Your Builder – Part 1

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Questions to Ask Your Builder – Part 2

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The Clarum Vision: Transforming the Building Industry

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The Comfort of a Passive Home

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Top 10 Green Products for Modern Home Construction

Over the last 20 years, Clarum has been a pioneer for eco-friendly home design in the green building movement. Through that time we’ve worked with multiple industry standards that define what it means...

Utilities Add Up

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What Does a High-Performance Home Cost to Build?

What Does a High-Performance Home Cost? Of course, it’s impossible to estimate the cost of any home without knowing all the variables, such as size and style. However, there are general patterns. "People...

What Exactly is a High-Performance Home?

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What is a Sustainable Home?

At Clarum Homes, we are passionate about environmental sustainability. However, “sustainable” is becoming a more and more widely-used word, so it is important to understand what it means and how it relates...

What is LEED Certification?

What does it mean when a house is LEED certified? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is an internationally recognized, third-party rating system for green building design...

What Makes a House Sustainable?

The definition of sustainable “Sustainable” is an important and widely-used word, now more than ever. On the other hand, it’s also widely misused. So what does “sustainable” really mean when...

What Sustainable Materials Does a Passive House Use?

Sustainability at each and every step A home is only as sustainable as the materials used in its construction and the components on which it runs. At Clarum Homes, we care deeply about sustainability....