Category Archives: Construction

Revising Our HVAC Design

After considering the importance of indoor air quality, we decided to make some design changes so we have the highest indoor air quality while maintaining the optimal energy efficiency.  Bryan has been working with Ken Martin, of Silicon Valley Mechanical, to make this happen. Ken identified a number of locations where air would be flowing […]

Starting Our Lighting Control System

The lighting control system is a critical component in reducing our energy needs.  We’re installing Schneider Electric’s Clipsal C-Bus system, which is the most advanced and robust lighting control system that we could find. Although the basic infrastructure has been in place for some time, Bryan started assembling the components and connecting the data network.  […]

Update on Our Lighting

Today, we addressed the collars on the Lucifer lights around the exterior of the house.  Also, Bryan saw some interesting electric car charging stations over at the Netflix buildings on Winchester Boulevard. Lucifer Lights We’re putting in Lucifer lights in the roof overhangs around the perimeter of the house.  These lights are part of our comprehensive […]

Installing Our Sequoia Central Vacuum

Bryan had picked up the Sequoia Vacuum SV-700 unit today and positioned it in the garage. Initially, we didn’t think that a central vacuum was important. The more we started the learn about the value of indoor air quality, the more we understood the importance of a central vacuum with an external exhaust. Then, of […]