Jarrod Denton has built what he calls his library of details.
Within these figurative records, the architect from St. Helena’s Lail Design Group holds the information he uses when completing a project. He tweaks these details, edits them, but for the most part, he just goes with them because he knows they’re efficient and knows they’ll work.
On a recent project, however, Denton didn’t visit his library. Instead, he threw out all the information he’s gathered and started from scratch.
That’s the kind of thing that has to happen when designing the first certified passive house in California and the first passive house retrofit in the country.
“To have that clean slate to think about every component that goes into a house — it completely changes how I’ll look at things in the future,” Denton said.
It also changed how he’d have to look at things back in January of 2009, when a former client of builder Rick Milburn of Solar Knights Construction in Napa — who Denton had worked with four times previously — got them in touch with Catherine O’Neill.
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