Comfort / Efficiency Update
Perform initial audit to identify deficiencies in the building envelope. Then provide remedies such as boosting insulation, air sealing, and HVAC upgrades tailored to meet homeowners’ goals & budget.
Prescriptive or engineered, preparing for the “big one” need not be prohibitively expensive. A home that stays on its foundation is much more likely to remain habitable. Any house built before the 1990’s should be checked.
Most applicable to new construction: energy modeling, thermal bridge review, materials selection, active / passive solar assessment, indoor air quality strategies, air sealing oversight, basic building science review, certifications.
Water: rain catchment (potable and non-potable); gray water; composting toilets. Renewable energy: solar, micro-hydro, wind; grid tied and/or battery backup. Permaculture: land / food integration
Home Performance Review
The home inspection report you wish you’d received. An audit of mechanical/HVAC and building envelope upgrades new homebuyers can use during purchase negotiations to reap long-term comfort and savings.
Deep Energy Retrofit
Remodeling for a new era: exterior insulation, triple-pane windows, mitigate thermal bridges, airtight air sealing, heat recovery ventilation; ultra high efficiency space & water heaters and appliances.
… a means and an end for We the People.
A general contracting company working to insure a more perfect Eugene.
Structured as a benefit company domestic Tranquility is committed to being part of the solution, working to minimize human impact, and building social justice for all. Biomimicry serves as a guiding principle: resource efficiency imitates natural systems and allows flourishing diversity and abundance.
The Cascadia Subduction Zone requires those of us in the Northwest to focus on resilience. Furthermore as Kathryn Schulz sums up in her Pulitzer Prize winning The New Yorker article “The Really Big One”:
“The Cascadia situation, a calamity in its own right, is also a parable for this age of ecological reckoning, and the questions it raises are ones that we all now face. How should a society respond to a looming crisis of uncertain timing but of catastrophic proportions? How can it begin to right itself when its entire infrastructure and culture developed in a way that leaves it profoundly vulnerable to natural disaster?”
Resilience is also the natural evolution of green building. As the US Green Building Council characterizes their priority:
“Like globalization and sustainability before it, resilience is the mot juste for a forward thinking world facing numerous multidimensional threats, hazards and disasters. Resilience is not just the right descriptive word; it is the right paradigm, requiring foresight and broad societal understanding and support. The concept of resilience is especially suitable in a world more interconnected, more urbanized, more complex, and yet more fragile than ever.”
G. Goodwin Swafford
Trained as a Certified Passive House Consultant in 2009 Win enjoyed several years at the leading edge of green building offering energy modeling to St. Vincent de Paul on the first certified multi-family Passive House in the nation. With ecobuilding pioneer James McDonald from 2005-2015 Win enjoyed working on the complete spectrum of green building projects from earthen floors to zero energy. Most recently in the Home Performance division of Neil Kelly he honed cost-effective solutions for homeowners wanting to save money and experience greater comfort in their conventionally built houses. Now, having founded domestic Tranquility, he intends to lead by example and conduct a deep energy retrofit on his own home.
What do you need to get ready?
Email: info (at) resilienteugene (dot) com