The 2020 Solar Mandate is here
The news has been swirling for months but the day is finally
here. Effective January 1, 2020 all new residential home builds must live up to
the standard of Zero Net Energy.
This initiative is part of California’s ongoing commitment to transition away
from centralized power. The new plan aims at having 50% of California’s
electricity come from clean energy sources by 2030 (NYT).
It’s an ambitious goal and requiring new home construction to include solar
energy is a big part of making it happen.
As the calendar year moves to 2020, builders are scrambling
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....
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...
If you live in California, you're probably well-versed in the concept of water conservation, especially in the Valley. Everyone knows a big swath of lawn to water and mow isn't a great reflection of a sustainable ethos. In fact, drought resistant and water-efficient landscaping is even mandatory in some jurisdictions like Menlo Park.
What you may not know, is that passive homes take a commitment to environmental conservation up a big notch. Passive and extremely high-performance homebuilding considers the entire impact of the home on the landscape, including the reverse – the effect of the landscape...
It’s no wonder that residents in California are inspired by nature: between gorgeous coast lines and breathtaking mountains the Golden State provides a landscape unlike any other. With this in mind, it makes sense that some of the most enviable homes in Silicon Valley are inspired by natural elements.
In fact, incorporating materials found in nature and designing your home to soak up the benefits of your natural environment is good for your health—both physically and mentally. At Clarum, we work with our clients to design homes that blend in seamlessly with the unique California landscape—all...
One important consideration for your family's health and comfort is the prevention of mold in your new home.
In the natural world, mold serves a valuable role. Inside the home, however, it’s anything but healthy. Mold produces allergens, irritants, even toxic substances, and can cause serious health problems.
Control moisture, prevent mold
While mold spores can be found almost anywhere; these actually aren’t harmful in themselves. The problems arise only where they can find a moist place to grow. So, the key to preventing mold? Controlling moisture. There are several ways to do this when...
Planning your home construction
One of the first steps to building a new house is establishing a comprehensive and accurate timeline for completion. And if you’re planning a new custom home, you should think high-performance from the start.
With all of the new green, sustainable technology available, you have an incredible array of options for building a new home that will greatly reduce your energy and water use. Plus, high-performance homes are healthier, smarter for the environment, and a great long-term investment.
There are two distinct phases to consider when establishing a homebuilding...
Building a custom home is an exciting experience – but it’s also a long journey, with many moving parts and different parties.
One of the best ways to succeed in the construction phase of your new custom home is to ensure that you’re properly prepared with an accurate construction timeline and that you’re equipped with the best tools, custom home building team, and processes on your side.
Communication is key
A recent survey found that new-home buyers want more proactive communications about their home construction – and it's no wonder. Building your custom home will require...
When we talk about thermal mass in the modern building movement, we’re referring to heavy building materials whose slow pace of temperature change makes them capable of storing immense amounts of energy.
These sustainable building materials can play a remarkable role in your modern home: regulating indoor temperature, lowering your heating/cooling bill and enhancing your comfort. At Clarum, we consider thermal mass a powerful passive strategy to achieve superior, eco-friendly comfort.
What is Thermal Mass, Scientifically?
Technically, “thermal mass” describes how much energy (in joules)...