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20

Sep

5280 Home – Elder

Honored to have one of our recent design-build projects in 5280 Home.

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Good Natured

An ultra-efficient house with knockout design elements, too? This Boulder home proves it’s possible.

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01

Jun

5280 Home Summer 2015

Check out the Summer 5280 Home issue that features our Renew project. Many thanks to all involved!

 

10

Dec

Houzz Bathroom Ideas for 2015

houzz.com recently released their top bathroom ideas for 2015 – including “Sustainable Style” that features our RENEW project!

 

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15

Jul

upcoming presentations by fuentesdesign

Join fuentesdesign at our upcoming presentations:

CGBG: BROWN BAG SERIES: HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING ENVELOPES – PART 1

This lecture will be targeted towards professionals in the green building industry, and is the first in a two-part series. This two part series will discuss important design considerations that apply to high performance building envelopes.  From foundations to roof assemblies, this series will discuss the importance of eliminating thermal bridging and achieving a continuous insulation layer and air barrier, highlighting important areas for both design and structural detailing. With unique experience building and designing with various systems, we will discuss the pros and cons of various insulation and framing systems, highlighting local case study examples.For our first session, we will provide an overview of passive house theory, common passive house envelope design strategies, and best practices in construction.   The key concepts described in the presentation will include understanding of the importance of continuous air and thermal barriers, thermal bridge free detailing, and European passive house glazing design and shading strategies.  An overview of common passive house modeling software will also be reviewed.

Our speakers will be: Brian Fuentes, AIA, CPHC, See the Colorado Green Building Guild for more information. 

CGBG: August 12th: Brown Bag Series: High Performance Building Envelopes – Part 2

This lecture will be targeted towards professionals in the green building industry, and is the second in a two-part series. This two part series will discuss important design considerations that apply to high performance building envelopes.  From foundations to roof assemblies, this series will discuss the importance of eliminating thermal bridging and achieving a continuous insulation layer and air barrier, highlighting important areas for both design and structural detailing. With unique experience building and designing with various systems, we will discuss the pros and cons of various insulation and framing systems, highlighting local case study examples.
 For our second session, we will explore in more detail and case study format the challenges of detailing passive house envelopes in terms of different soils conditions, common thermal bridges, European passive house window detailing, and quality control and quality assurance in passive house envelope performance.  The key concepts described in the presentation will include understanding of various high performance floor, wall/window and roof systems and their successful application in construction.
 Our speakers will be: Brian Fuentes, AIA, CPHC, See the Colorado Green Building Guild for more information. 

Sustainable Living Fair: Green Building Tent- Passive House and Zero Energy Homes

When: Saturday Sept. 20th, 11 am – 12:00 pm, Brian Fuentes, fuentesdesign LLC
Where: Fort Collins
What: After 15 years of experience designing and building net zero energy, straw bale and passive house type homes in Boulder and around Colorado, Architect and Builder Brian Fuentes AIA will share case studies of real green building projects and the lessons learned on what works, what doesn’t and where the best place to put your money for truly ecologically-minded, healthy, resilient homes. See Sustainable Living Fair for more info.

17

Jan

Passive House in 90 Seconds

Check out the great clip explaining Passive House building techniques in 90 seconds – by www.pinwheelbuilds.com.
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24

Sep

fuentesdesign project in Modern in Denver

Check out the Fall Modern in Denver issue, featuring our Integration House!

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Jul

Boulder County Business Report: Raising the Bar

“The clients that fit best with us are the ones really committed to their health, to the environment and to doing the right thing,” said Brian Fuentes of Boulder-based architecture firm Fuentes Design LLC. Read more in the Boulder County Business Report.

01

Jul

Allenspark Gallery – Annual Gala

fuentesdesign is excited to be helping the Allenspark community design a renovation/addition to the Old Allenspark Gallery, join us July 21st at the Annual Gala!

01

Jul

fuentesdesign award winning

Two fuentesdesign projects were recently award the “Best Green Residential New Construction” and, with builder/developer Boulder ZED, “Best Green Residential Remodel” at the Boulder Valley Green Building Awards by the Colorado Green Building Guild. Congrats to all involved with these progressive projects!

Brian Fuentes of fuentesdesign and Brian Hludzinski of Boulder ZED take home Boulder Valley Green Building Guild awards for Best Green Residential New Construction and Best Green Residential Remodel. Congrats to all who made these projects possible!

10

Jun

AIA National Convention!

The AIA National Convention is coming to Denver this June.  Below, Brian Fuentes at Charles Deaton’s “Sleeper House”, is helping the AIA in preparations for the upcoming convention – stay tuned for some amazing footage in and around Denver!

 

04

Jun

Colorado Green Building Guild Awards

We’re excited to share that two fuentesdesign projects have been announced as finalists in the Colorado Green Building Guild Annual Awards – one in the Green Residential New Construction and the second project, assisting Boulder Zed, in the Green Residential Remodel categories.  Winners will be announced at the Boulder County Business Report Earth Conference on June 12th.

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May

Magnolia project breaking ground!

Our newest project broke ground this week! Located on top of Magnolia, this straw bale, solar powered home is modeled to meet the Passive House Standard. Dedicated to preserving the natural settings, this home will utilize a unique enviro-transpiration water treatment system instead of a traditional septic system, incorporating composting toilets and a grey water system. More project updates to come soon!

16

May

Sunshine project update

Perched on top of Sunshine Canyon, this 4-Mile Fire rebuild is heading towards the home stretch! Targeting the Passive House standard, the home is designed with a continuous air barrier, super-insulated wall/roof/slab assemblies and phase change material for increased thermal mass. In addition, the triple pane European windows by Zola Windows, are used throughout. The fuentesdesign team is excited to receive results from tomorrow’s preliminary blower-door air tightness test!  Thanks to Roger Sims, of Natural Homes, and the entire team for a well executed project!!

18

Apr

Featured Project – Strata

It’s always exciting when a project starts to become a home! Congrats to everyone involved as our STRATA project, designed and built by the fuentesdesign team, wraps up! Read more about the project here.

 

 

 

10

Apr

Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency

With tax day being right around the corner, make sure your tax adviser is aware of available tax incentives for energy efficiency! Most recently, when the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed end of last year it extended a $500 incentive for certain windows/doors, heaters, water pumps – through December 31, 2013. Read more here, and be sure to consult your tax adviser!

 

21

Mar

Brian Fuentes to Present at Clean Energy Action

From Clean Energy Action: Please join us in hearing Brian Fuentes and Lance Wright, both Certifiied Passive House Consultants, discuss their knowledge of constructing and the cost and energy savings behind high performance buildings. The Passivhaus concept was introduced to America with the establishment of the Passive House Institute, United States (PHIUS) in 2008. It is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, education and research to promote implementation of Passive House Building Energy standard, as well as the design approach and techniques to accomplish that standard.

“High Performance Buildings”
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
7:00-9:00 pm
Refreshments at 6:30
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

18

Mar

Featured Project – Wash Park

Excited to see our newest Wash Park project wrapping up!

Located in the Washington Park neighborhood in Denver, this second floor addition and energy retrofit transforms an existing single story brick bungalow by adding R-20 continuous insulation to the exterior, high-gain windows on the south fascade, allowing mini-split heat pumps to serve as primary heating supply for addition.

Designed in collaboration with the clients and builder/artist Bill McDonald of Denver, interior finishes include reclaimed wood doors and custom fabricated barn doors complementing the existing brick to create the clients’ desired loft feel.

In addition,  the client’s son recently published a book, “Reinventing the Chicken Coop”! Check it out for some unique DIY coop designs.

01

Mar

New Office!

We’ve moved!! Come see our new office at 1722 14th Street #115!

For the new studio, we decided a new table was in order.  To find a large piece of locally salvaged wood, a trip to TC Woods was in order. A little hunting and we found a 95 year old Locust tree that had been taken down in Boulder, right behind Jalinos Pizza and just a few blocks from our office.  After a weekend of wood working, we had the table planed and glued in two halves and Travis started in on welding the steel frame together.

Brian Fuentes and Steven Rouisse glue up the first half of the table.

Steven Rouisse and Megan Monroe admiring the future table

Travis laying out the table

 

Finished table

 

Next we freshened up the walls with natural paints by Unearthed Paints – we choose a lime based plaster with mica and a blue accent wall with lime based paint. Unlike conventional latex paints (even the “environmentally-friendly,” zero-VOC versions), natural paints are biodegradable and free of petrochemical ingredients. From Unearthed: “natural paint relies on the inherent qualities of natural ingredients that can be used as binders (such as casein, a protein glue), fillers (such as marble, which provides opacity and whiteness), and pigments (such as earth pigments that derive natural color from their mineral content). A variety of different unique natural paint types exist, and include clay paint, milk paint, and lime paint. Most natural paints, including the entire line of paints by Unearthed Paints, are 100% zero-VOC and safe to use while pregnant.”

Unearthed Paints

so now that we’re in, stay tuned for an open house date!

27

Feb

Water for People Dinner

Fuentesdesign is excited to support the Rocky Mountain Section of Water for People in their annual “Everyone Forever Annual Theme Dinner” through a donation of time for their silent auction. Join us here!