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.
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!
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!
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.
David Adamson of EcoBuild and Brian Fuentes discuss the construction of the Adamson’s straw bale zero-energy residence in Boulder, Colorado.
Navigating the requirements for tax credits can be complicated – but in today’s Denver Post, a number of resources for federal tax credits from energy-efficient home improvements and other energy savings measures are highlighted.
The Renew Home bath is almost complete- reclaimed barnwood, custom cast concrete ramp sink by Concrete Visions, who also did the hand troweled floor. The shower walls are by Artesano Plaster, and are tadelakt, or a Morrocan lime plaster technique that creates a waterproof plaster using olive oil soap and hand burnishing with a stone. Windows are by Zola European Windows, passive house ready thermoplus Clad. The stain is an antiqued yellowish brown over finger-jointed pine. The muted earth tones play background to the white Victoria Albert slipper tub.
Our newest project is framed and starting to take shape! Perched on top of Boulder, this second floor addition is rotated true south to capture passive solar gains and mountain views while a complete gut and remodel of the first floor and basement improve the layout. Despite increasing the square footage to accommodate three generations, super insulated, double stud walls and a continuous air barrier will ultimately save energy, relative to the original home. A geothermal heating system provides heating and cooling while a 10 kW PV system powers the home and continuous filtered fresh air ventilation is provided. Triple pane Zola European windows are used throughout with an 18 foot wide lift-slide door, providing a 9 foot connection to the south balcony.