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green homes

01

Jun

5280 Home Summer 2015

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

 

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.

24

Sep

fuentesdesign project in Modern in Denver

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

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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!

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.

29

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!

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.

22

Feb

Tour of Straw Bale Home in Boulder

David Adamson of EcoBuild and Brian Fuentes discuss the construction of the Adamson’s straw bale zero-energy residence in Boulder, Colorado.

Special thanks to the team: The Adamson Family, RMI, Artesano Plaster, EcoBuild and builders Doug Parker and Roger Sims.

17

Feb

Denver Post: Information on Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

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.

15

Feb

Renew bath almost finished!

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.

 

 

14

Feb

Project Report – Sunset

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.