Passive Houses Rock!!!

Check out this great WSJ article on how great Passive Houses are: “This winter it got freezing, and we were in our shorts,” says Amod Athavale, 37, who moved into the newly built house with his wife, Manasi Datar, 36, in July 2022. This summer, the house has remained at 72 to 75 degrees […]

Greener Spaces Demand a Premium

Green spaces take longer and cost more to design but they have better design for light, glare, IAQ, acoustics, comfort, energy efficiency or net zero, and resiliency. So while it takes longer and costs a bit more to design and build them, they should demand a 20% premium as you live more comfortably or in […]

Alexander Valley is the best!

While this SF Chronicle Article states that it is an affordable alternative, I think that the scenery, quaintness, uncrowded roads, unpretentiousness, and IMHO some of the best wines make it the best wine region in CA! “While Napa and Sonoma have become lamentably expensive and challenging to visit, with tasting fees and hotel costs on […]

Remote Work is Here to Stay But It Will Never Replace the Productivity, Creativity, and Happiness of In-Office Work

We all learned a lot about how to effectively work remotely during the pandemic but one can never replace the productivity, creativity, and happiness found when humans are interacting in person.

Reliance, Resiliency, and the Electrical Grid

What is it and why should we care? Most people do not understand how electricity gets to their homes, businesses, schools, etc. so let’s start with an explanation of “the grid.” The grid refers to the electrical grid, a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers, and more that deliver electricity from the power plant to […]


THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BUILDING ENCLOSURE “Thunderstorms dumped heavy rain and kicked up high winds across central Nevada on Thursday, flooding the streets and casinos of Las Vegas.” Yes, water was leaking out of light fixtures in the ceilings of some of Vegas’ billion dollar casinos. How is that we can drive any new car […]

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