Alpenglow Building + Design specialize in highly energy-efficient buildings in the residential and commercial scope. We have a fresh approach of implementing modern technology through innovative means. This focus combined with a true design/build model equals an new experience for clients looking to build or develop.
We take our role of aesthetic stewards seriously and implement a personalized approach to every project.
Passive House (PH) has been an exciting aspect or our services in the southwest and beyond for the last 5 years and our previous experience has helped to implement and expand on this cutting edge design. We offer 3D modeling for all projects, stress the importance of budgets from the start and manage the field for success to the end.
Buildings constructed today are basically unchanged from decades ago utilizing simple measures to build fast and in step with the industry. Building codes are just now beginning to require testing of the systems and quality of construction. High-Performance buildings or Passive Buildings deliver a product vastly different with an emphasis on energy efficiency, durability, comfort and health. Currently, demands to condition buildings consume 40% of all the energy produced in the US. Is this sustainable and appropriate given the knowledge and technology that we possess? We think there is a better way.
We do this through physics and verify it with software. Our understanding of how buildings function over time allows us to deliver an end product with revolutionary energy efficiency and unparalleled resilience. The net is a building that consumes up to 90% less energy. This is the future of building.
This building system incorporates an integrated science-based system of ultra-efficient construction combined with quality, comfort and sustainability.
Most Passive Houses either have a very small mechanical heating and cooling system or none at all. This is accomplished through deep and continuous insulation, elimination of all thermal bridging, air-tight construction, triple pane windows and reducing internal loads.
Passive Houses are so air-tight that an active ventilation system is required to supply fresh and healthy outdoor air to the building without losing any of the heated or cooled conditioned air inside the building. Allergens and dust are be completely eliminated inside the envelope.
Passive Houses tend to be very quiet providing a noise barrier to the outside.
Passive Houses have been built with success in Europe since the 1980's and many building codes there have adopted Passive standards as law. The US is seeing renewed interest in PH standards in California, New York and Oregon.
An initial investment of 5-10% upfront is what we budget to bring a conventionally constructed home to the PH Standard. Typically the larger the structure, the less the upfront cost due to surface-to-area ratio of the volume.Learn More
Choosing one team that can work together to arrive at the same goal- of having an end result that meets or exceeds expectations is the definition of a successful project. All projects have challenges and how these are dealt with strongly determines the outcome. One team that has the required expertise and history together is the key.
Always at the forefront of any building endeavor, the budget is critical to success. Having ongoing discussions around a project budget before, during and after schematic design and beyond ensures that the team and client are on the same page. Communication around cost implications is essential early in the process and help to eliminate surprises later on.
Design/Build provides a single source of professionalism for the entire project. How it looks, total costs and the timeframe to completion are looked at from the start. When the same team designs and builds a project, more attention to the details of not only the structure but of the budget take place from beginning to end. A team cannot be success without transparency and honesty.
One team equals greater efficiency throughout the process. The likelihood of details big and small dropping through the cracks is greatly reduced. Concerns expressed early on are followed through with design meetings and ongoing site overview.
For a successful design/build firm to operate and gain accolades, a mastery of both fields of design and construction must be understood. We pride ourselves on the fluidity of architectural design and construction details and understand how this affects pricing, sequencing and the end result.
Any business can attribute communication as the key to success. We focus on being 100% transparent from the beginning to the end with full disclosures of pricing, schedules and options. The best partnerships are formed when what needs to be said is not always what everyone wants to hear.
The Design/Build approach will save you money. With one team, we have the ability to soft-bid projects well before Construction Documents are complete to make sure the budget is being met, schedule dates for a project ahead of time and reduce turnaround time when things change. We have inherit efficiency built into our model and believe in passing this onto our clients.
“ Everything was done on time and with the highest quality ”
" Michael and his team were always available. He maintained open lines of communication and our e-mails and phone calls were responded to in a timely manner.The team was extremely professional, attentive and knowledgeable. "
" Attention to detail and an eye for design. They are good communicators and work well together. I would not hesitate to work with them again. "
" They respected our budget, came in on budget and on schedule, and kept us up to date on the budget as the work progressed. They came up with creative ideas for solving design challenges, and was amenable to changes we requested. "
" He is genuinely interested in our project and conveys a sense of excitement and understanding of the goals for the job that helps instill a great sense of confidence and approachability for us, the client. "