Casa Aguila will arguably be the most advanced home ever built in San Diego County, looking to achieve many firsts for our region. It will be San Diego's first Certified Passive House, seek the County's first onsite wastewater treatment permit, seek the County's first permit to utilize all collected rainwater for all indoor water use, and strive for eventual grid-disconnection through utilization of battery power, Solar PV, and a 45-foot wind turbine (the blades alone are 17 feet tall!).

The project is located in Ramona, CA and is named for the Golden Eagles which frequently fly over the property.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System: Work Commences!

Jeff checking out the new surge tank

AGB Team Member and Water Expert Extraordinaire, Bill Wilson, at work in the old septic tank

Site area for the Food Forest that will be irrigated by all the treated wastewater

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This is what the BioPCM looks like installed

Installing the BioPCM insulation was simple, we stapled the sheets to the studs along the ceiling and walls. You can feel the difference in temperature when you walk into the room.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Welcoming Bosch-Thermador as our latest Project Partner

We are thrilled that Bosch-Thermador will be partnering with us to provide the kitchen appliances for the project.

Most appliances will come from the Bosch line, but both the refrigerator/freezer and the induction cooktop will be coming from the Thermador line.

Bosch-Thermador is not only known for the high quality and pleasing design of their products, but also their energy efficiency... of utmost importance to us for this Passive House project.  We are especially excited to be placing Thermador's "Freedom" induction cooktop in the kitchen.

Induction cooking is, hands down, the most energy efficient way to cook.  Europe has been utilizing induction cooking for a long time, but movement towards induction cooking is growing fast in the U.S.  It has been described as similar to cooking with gas but is actually electric, and electric allows for a quicker cook time than with gas.  Faster cooking is good not only for convenience, it also reduces the potential for unwanted heat to accumulate in the kitchen.

One wonderful feature that the Freedom cooktop has is that you can place pots/pans anywhere on the surface to cook and the cooktop recognizes where they are placed. It also comes with a full-color, touch screen interface.  Fun cooking! Click on the image of the cooktop below to learn more about the Freedom Induction Cooktop.

Thermador "Freedom" Induction Cooktop 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our New Project Partner - AEP Span

We are pleased to announce AEP-Span as a new Project Partner! They will be providing us their Design Span®hp product for our Standing Seam metal roofing. We have specifically selected the color of "Metallic Champagne" not only for its incredible beauty but also its cool-roof qualities. With a very high solar reflective index (SR) of 52 we can be sure that the roof material helps keep our roof assembly cool in the hot summer months, helping us achieve our Passive House goals of dramatically reducing or even (hopefully) eliminating any mechanical cooling requirements.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Successful BioPCM workshop last week

Here is a picture from the workshop at Casa Aguila last week with our friends at Sustainability Matters and Phase Change Energy Solutions. The workshop was held to discuss the use of bioPCM in the project (you can see some installed in the roof assembly here, the white material) which has the thermal mass of 12 inches of concrete but is flexible and lightweight. The bioPCM will dramatically reduce requirements for heating/cooling and make for a much more comfortable home.