Orinda, California (EastBayDaily) — Anthony Maramonte of Mara Construction, an East Bay general contractor, has partnered with architect James P. Wright of Net Zero Homes to restore the historic "The Old Yellow House" in a "passive house" style.
“We are very excited to be involved in a project with Net Zero Homes and this new avenue of energy efficient homes,” said Anthony Maramonte.
A passive home is an ultra efficient building standard that saves up to 85 percent on space heating and cooling. It is fast becoming the leading energy efficiency and comfort standard for all building types across the world. This 20-year-old concept has been achieved in more than 20,000 projects, from multi-family units to assisted living facilities and low-income housing to condo developments and commercial properties to schools and houses.
Passive homes utilize a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, affordable and ecological at the same time. It is not a brand name but a construction concept that can be applied by anyone.
Passive home buildings offer practical, local solutions to big, global energy problems. But even more important, they're the most comfortable, peaceful and healthy living or working spaces available anywhere. It combines straight-forward building technologies with advanced building modeling to achieve revolutionary energy efficiency, and it does so without relying on expensive gadgetry or strange building designs.
The structure is a super insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by internal gains from people, electrical equipment and by passive solar gains through windows and doors. Any remaining heating and cooling demand is provided by an extremely small, split heat pump. Fresh air is provided by an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) system. ERVs provide fresh air while recovering the exiting conditioned air at approximately 85-percent efficiency. With the addition of a properly sized small solar array, the home can easily reach the level of net zero. The end result is a comfortable, energy bill free building that has excellent indoor air quality.
Passive home benefits include affordability, no energy bills/net zero, increased comfort, excellent air quality, less exterior noise, carbon neutral living and environmental friendliness.
For more information about "The Old Yellow House," view its progress on the Web at https://www.facebook.com/NetZeroHomes?ref=ts.
For more information about East Bay's Mara Construction, call 510-385-8251, or view the remodeling contractor on the Web at http://www.maraconstruction.com and http://www.remodelingcontractorseastbay.com. Mara Construction is located in Orinda.
About Mara Construction
Mara Construction provides prompt and efficient construction services, such as bath remodeling and kitchen remodeling, at reasonable prices throughout the Bay Area because it believes that customers deserve reasonable prices for projects that will last a lifetime. Mara Construction takes pride in building and remodeling houses and guarantees that customers will remain happy and content living in a brand new or newly remodeled home.
Mara Construction is a big enough company to handle any sized job, yet a small enough company to give the customer the personal touch they deserve. The general contractor focuses on all phases of home building, including home additions and foundation repair.