Join fuentesdesign at our upcoming presentations:
CGBG: BROWN BAG SERIES: HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING ENVELOPES – PART 1
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
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.
“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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
so now that we’re in, stay tuned for an open house date!
David Adamson of EcoBuild and Brian Fuentes discuss the construction of the Adamson’s straw bale zero-energy residence in Boulder, Colorado.