A LEED-certified home is a
high-performance green building designed and built to achieve the highest point
rating possible as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council.
What is LEED for homes?
LEED for Homes is a system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for
the purpose of rating and recognizing homes built to a more sustainable
standard than conventional homes built to code. LEED was originally developed
for the purpose of transforming the mainstream building industry by promoting
and encouraging best practices for environmental design and construction.
We’re here to support you in navigating the process of
building a custom home in Silicon Valley, by helping you set a course of action
and understand what potential challenges lay ahead of you.
Take the long view
Deciding to build a custom home in Silicon Valley is an
involved process. It’s important to start off on the right foot by:
the progression of a construction projectChoosing
the right team of professionals; andHaving
a clear vision of what you need from a home
Be patient with the process
Throughout this process, keep in mind that it takes time....
A passive-certified home is one that employs a set of advanced building technologies to achieve extreme energy efficiency. Energy consumption is reduced by up to 90% compared to a conventionally-built home. A passive-inspired home incorporates many of the same building techniques and materials found in a passive-certified home, but without the rigor of certification and at a slightly lower price tag. Keep reading to understand the key differences between these two sustainable home options and choose which route is best for you.
What is Passive-Certified?
If you would like to part...
Where high-performance houses are
concerned, Clarum Homes believes the entire approach is important. This
includes everything from design details, materials or installation methods. To
ensure all these aspects work in concert to deliver a highly efficient home
that lives up to the high-performance label, you’ll need a solid plan. Not to
worry, we have some tips to help you plan the high-performance home build of
Create a comprehensive budget
Building a green, high-performance
home will typically always cost more than the same home built to standard
Did you know that the average
single-family home in the U.S. generates between 6,960 & 12,064 lbs. of
construction waste? A home is only as sustainable as the materials used in its
construction. Learn how you can keep your home out of the landfill.
Your home: the sum of its parts
is vital, there are other factors to sustainability. It’s crucial to discuss
the selection of ecologically-friendly building materials with your designer
and contractor. The source of your home’s materials is critical, as well as the
manufacturing methods of the products.
Building a green, high-performance home will typically
always cost more than the same home built to standard building codes. The
advantage is the long-term energy savings over the life of the home and the
improved quality of life — which for many is priceless.
Using California Code as a baseline of construction standards, these tables show the costs differences in initial construction costs, as well as the energy efficiency gains and ROI potential.
Costs and return on investment
People are often surprised to
learn that a high-performance
home only costs 5-10% more than a conventionally-built...
The cost of energy is rising rapidly — and not just in
dollars. Our environment is also paying the price: non-renewable energy
consumption, carbon emissions, and pollution. In the U.S., 39% of all
greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings.
We use energy — electricity, gas, and water — to keep our
houses at a comfortable temperature, our showers hot, our lights on, and our
gardens green, all of which generates carbon dioxide (CO2). Your carbon
footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2, which are induced by
your activities in a given time frame.
High-performance homes support...
We're honored to be featured in Home Builder Digest as the second best custom home builder in San Jose. Of the fifteen builders represented, we are one of only two with expertise in passive home building. Check out the article to learn more:
At Clarum Homes, we can answer your all of your questions with the greatest confidence. Give us a call at 650.322.7069 today to learn more about our custom home building services.
You know you want
to build a new custom home and you know where you want to build it. Now it’s
time to pick a builder. What to look for exactly? These ten questions will help
you better understand their operation, level of experience, and history in the
1. How long have you been building in Silicon Valley?
Hiring a custom home builder is similar to hiring a team of
long-term employees. You should review their work history, skills, and years of
experience. A deep understanding of the local area can make a big difference in
moving your project forward.
2. Can you give...
At Clarum, we work with families to leverage Passive House home building practices for extreme performance opportunities in their custom home building projects. A Passive-Certified home is one that employs a set of advanced building technologies to achieve extreme energy efficiency. Energy consumption is reduced by up to 90% compared to a conventionally-built home.
The History of Passive Homes
The Passivhaus house concept originated in 1988 with a conversation
between Professors Bo Adamson of Lund University, Sweden and Wolfgang Feist of
the Institute for Housing and the Environment,...