Atmosphere Design Build is founded on an impassioned desire to design authentic structures that are built in a conscientious and ecological manner. That has translated into our specific focus on designing and constructing high performance buildings. High performance homes are healthy, comfortable, and they significantly reduce long term energy use. We believe that great design and super energy efficient, high performing buildings, are inherently complementary. And our goal is to manifest this belief in buildings that are beautifully crafted, functional, efficient and inspiring to live in.
As a design and build firm we take a holistic approach to the process of creating structures and we work in a collaborative manner with all the stake holders throughout the design and construction phase. The design/build model provides continuity, eliminates gaps in communication and responsibility- we are accountable from start to finish. This method of designing and building provides the client with a comprehensive and integrated service. It is also a model that begins with a belief in relationships and collaboration. Our relationship with the client takes primacy throughout the entire process and we acknowledge how weighty it is to be entrusted with shepherding a dream into reality.
In our business we recognize that we are stewards of our clients’ built environment as well as their financial resources – this always remains an essential tenant even as we pursue being stewards of the greater environment.
How you build and who builds it for you does matter. We have been at the forefront of the high performance building movement for a decade and back our philosophies with expertise and experience. Atmosphere Design Build has consultancy or accreditation with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), LEED, and Build-It-Green.
The design process is iterative and cooperative. We see every project we take on as an opportunity to create a building that reflects a deep sense of place while providing the occupants exceptional comfort and energy performance. We provide a comprehensive scope of architectural and design services. Our architecture firm works throughout Northern California and beyond – offering close collaboration and custom tailored services for each project, client, site, and budget. Full Design Services provide what most clients need to reach their aesthetic and performance goals. Typical Full Design Services include, Planning and Discovery, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Interior Design.
As a design + build firm we offer complete inhouse, start to finish, design and construction services on selection projects. We are licensed general contractors that have extensive knowledge in Passive House and Zero Net Energy homes. We employ a crew of skilled and attentive carpenters that are highly capable of executing high performance details. The advantage of the design + build model is that the client, designer and builder are all in collaboration from the outset. This method of collaboration helps eliminate gaps in communication, which in turn insures that projects are built to the highest standards, meet the clients vision, and stay on budget. The design + build model is particularly advantageous when building super energy efficient buildings, as all the stake holders have buy-in and are working towards the same goal.
Through our focus on Passive House design and construction over nearly a decade, we have emerged as a regional leader in high performance green building, bringing transformational energy performance and quality-assured durability to our projects. Our knowledge of building science always informs our design and construction decisions. We offer inhouse energy modeling in WUFI, PHIUS’s energy modeling program that has been proven to accurately predict a building’s energy usage. Our collaborators on home performance and mechanical design often include one of the states leading mechanical contractors, Balance Point Home Performance.