Namaste! to Digambar Jain Sangh of Northern California

Last year we received one of the most unusual commissions of Beausoleil Architects’ 30 year history,  a new Jain Temple and Meditation complex in the rural hills above Milpitas. In our research, we learned that Jainism is an ancient religion, related to but not the same as Hinduism, centered on … Read More

Certified Green! No Kale consumption required…

When we first heard about Certified Green Business Program back in 2009, our interest was piqued. We were already committed to sustainability in our personal lives but had no idea what it took for a city consultant to officially certify that the way our business was conducted was officially “green”. … Read More

-$48 PG&E bill, i.e. it’s time to buy a new car!

We recently gave our first Net Zero Energy talk to the Rotary Club of Menlo Park (thank you Maya Sewald of Ovation Homes Real Estate for the introduction). Besides putting together a nice slide show with photos explaining the energy efficient solutions we built into our new home, it was … Read More

April, May, June, July….the time does fly!

Boy the months have passed quickly! After setting into our new home in Pacifica, selling our home in San Francisco and paying off all our debts (yay!) we immediately left for a 4 week trip to Europe with our college aged kids to visit family in France and Belgium and … Read More

Our home is swiss cheese too…but with an impenetrable coating

How we sealed the envelope of our house In my earlier blog “Your house is swiss cheese”, I discussed the general idea of air sealing houses for energy efficiency.  Here’s how we did it on our own house: In initial discussions with our green building consultant, Katy Hollbacher of Beyond … Read More

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