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Martinez, CA

120 West Park St.


Project Overview

Designed and Built as an all-electric, high performance home with a goal of Net Zero energy usage. My wife Linda and I were the sole owners of this project.

This was my first attempt at designing a house. It turned out to be a great experience and gave me the opportunity to combine my expertise in building hillside homes and home performance work to create a house that worked well with the piece of property and met my high performance and sustainability goals.

As the owner of the project, I was responsible for the following:

  • Architectural design work
  • Oversaw engineering
  • Procured the building permits and other entitlements.
  • Set up financing
  • Project manager and on-site supervision.
  • Oversaw the entire project until it is put on them market and sold.

Features of 120 West Park Street

  • All- electric construction with solar
  • Minimized concrete usage by designing a home without retaining walls
  • Minimal framing with a conventional design to increase insulation
  • R21 BIBS wall insulation
  • R38 floor and R50 ceiling insulation
  • Sealed crawlspace with insulated walls
  • Ducted and ductless mini splits used to maximize comfort and efficiency
  • Engineered, tight duct work installed in sealed crawlspace for reduced energy loss
  • HRV whole house ventilation system for improved indoor air quality
  • Low or no VOC paints and finishes
  • Efficient plumbing design that took advantage of proximity of plumbing fixtures to the water heater to reduce
  • water loss and excess water heater run times
  • Air sealing throughout house with a .95 ACH 50

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