Comfort / Efficiency Update
An initial audit identifies deficiencies in the building shell. Boosting insulation, basic air sealing, thermal bridge reductions, and HVAC upgrades are tailored to suit homeowner’s goals and budget.
A home that stays on its foundation is likely to be less damaged and remain habitable. Either prescriptive or engineered it need not be prohibitively expensive and is incumbent for houses built before 1994.
Most applicable to new construction, can include: energy modeling, design review, material selection, active/passive solar assessment, indoor air quality strategies, blower door testing and air sealing oversight, basic building science review.
Water management: rain catchment, both potable and non-potable; gray water; composting toilets. Renewable energy: solar, micro-hydro, wind; grid tied or battery backup.
Home Performance Review
The home inspection report you wish you’d received. A home efficiency audit of mechanical/HVAC & building envelope upgrades new home buyers may want to include in purchase negotiations.
Deep Energy Retrofit
Remodeling for a new era: adding exterior insulation, triple pane windows, reducing/eliminating thermal bridging, air tight air sealing, heat recovery ventilation; high efficiency heating system, water heater, and appliances.
… a means and 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 and a potential 9.0 earthquake requires we in the Northwest to focus on resilience. But 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 therefore the natural evolution of green building. As the US Green Building Council characterizes:
“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.”
Trained as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) in 2009 Win enjoyed several years at the leading edge of green building consulting on the first certified multi-family Passive House in the nation. Working with Eugene’s pioneering green builder James McDonald for ten years Win was involved with a full panoply of green building from natural building to zero energy building. Most recently in the Home Performance division of Neil Kelly he honed cost-effective strategies to save homeowners money and help them be more comfortable in their conventionally built homes. Now, having founded domestic Tranquility he hopes to lead by example and do a deep energy retrofit to his own home.
What do you need to get ready?
Email: info (at) resilienteugene (dot) com