Custom builder to talk home design at library Nov. 13

Nov 04, 2019
Source: Angela McKenna Durbas has been a custom builder for around 12 years.

Union — Vose Library, 392 Common Road, will host Erik Durbas of Union Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. as he presents a crash course on Passive House Home Design for both new and retro-fit homes.

Durbas will discuss the high-performance methods of building that homeowners must adopt in order to secure our energy future. He will review the six tenants of the German Passivhaus standard and explain how they far exceed the current building code standards for new residential construction and the renovation of existing homes. Materials and methods will be discussed along with the economics of why building better, legacy structures should be considered for every home construction project.

Durbas will also touch on related topics such as Passivhaus approved high-efficiency components such as windows, heating and cooling systems, insulation products and some basic building science topics. This talk is suited for builders, designers, real estate agents, lenders or anyone who lives in a home and is interested in saving money and the planet.

Erik Durbas has worked in the construction industry for over two decades. His hands-on skills range from cabinet making to custom building, with the last 12 years having been focused solely on architectural design. He currently practices sustainable, energy efficient residential design from his home office in Union.

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