Transforming the Built Environment

The Palmer Design Group, Inc.

Rain Gardens Hold-and-Slow Stormwater, Reducing Run-Off and Erosion
 Toward a Sustainable Future
Custom Trellises, Reduce Heat Gain, Create Filtered Shade, Microclimate Landscape, Reduce Air-Conditioning
Architectural Structures Minimize Solar Heat Gain
Renewable Home-Energy, Energy-Savings
Green Walls Reduce Heat Gain around the Home & Garden, Green Spaces, Reduce Air-Conditioning
Generate Renewable Energy On-Site
Vegetated GreenWalls Insulate & Beautify
Home Automation for Energy Savings, Timers and Apps control Energy Use & Water Use In and Around the Home
Smart-Home Tech & Timers for Energy Savings
Passive Solar Principles Reduce Reduce Energy-Usage While Improving Indoor Comfort
Thermal Chimney & Natural Cooling
Rain Gardens Hold & Slow Stormwater Infiltration
Appied Overhangs Reduce Excessive Solar Heat Gain on Glazing, Reducing Energy-Usage While Improving Occupant Comfort
Native Species Landscaping Reduces Water Usage and Chemical Inputs
Applied Overhangs Control Solar Heat-Gain
Native Species Require Less Water & Chemical Inputs
Bio-Swales and Berms Conserve Rainwater for Use in the Landscape.
Bio-Swales & Hugelkultur Growing Mounds
Net Zero-Energy Homes Produce 100% of the Enegy they Consume
Net-Zero Homes Generate 100% of Their own Energy
Solar Hot Water Heaters Reduce Fossil-Fuel Energy-Use
Solar Hot Water Heaters Reduce Energy Consumption

Transforming

 The Built Environment is 

The Palmer Design Group, Inc. promotes the concept of Regenerative Living; of acting and doing in ways that improve the condition of the natural environment, as an alternative to merely 'doing the least harm'. Our LEED AP Homes Accredited Professionals participate  in high-performance home design and remodels that reduce the impact of the built-environment upon the landscape, while fostering the spread of ideas that enable each of us to meet our everyday needs without infringing upon the ability of future generations to do the same.

In response to global demand for greater sustainability in the built environment, California's Title 24 Building Standards have stated the goal that all new homes are to be "Zero Net Energy" by 2020, meaning they must be resource-efficient homes which generate as much energy as they use each year. 

The Palmer Design Group offers design strategies & products that enable owners of built homes to enjoy the same advancements, whether that be for  future resale value,  or the satisfaction of creating a home that will use precious natural resources more responsibly into the future. We provide design and guidance for any size project, whether a major remodel seeking LEED Certification, a NetZero energy overhaul, or a minor project with limited scope. We promote the idea that any change, however small, is a step in the right direction.   

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Working with homeowner, contractor, or architect, we recommend and design those modifications to the built home and landscape that will be most effective in enabling the home to use less energy, produce renewable energy, consume less potable water, manage & harvest water resources on-site, and enjoy improved indoor comfort and air quality.  Using methods which have been proven to improve the energy-and water-performance of the home, it is possible to bring it up to California's new, high-performance home standards. 

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Project Oversight by The Palmer Design Group provides added assurance that the job will proceed on-time & within budget. We take pride in participating in a finished product that employs high-performance upgrades while creating beautiful spaces indoors and out.

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Whenever possible, we encourage providing ecological services to the local environment through a variety of small actions which add impact over time. We foster the growth of small-scale, organic urban farm-scapes and community gardens, and the continued spread of urban agricultural districts. We defend dark skies, quietude, and the tranquility of nature; because in replenishing nature, we replenish ourselves.  

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The Regenerative Home Gos Beyond Merely Doing Less Harm by Implementing Behaviors that Regenerate the Local Landscape.
Microclimate Landscape Design Reduces Excessive Heat Gain and/or Wind, Reducing Energy-Use While Increasing Occupant Comfort.
Microclimate Landscape Shades & Cools Home 
Passive Solar Principles Help to Reduce Energy-Use and Increase Occupant Comfort
Passive Solar Principles for Energy Savings
Rainwater Harvesting Reduces or Eliminates the Use of Potable Water in the Landscape.
Rainwater Catchment, Storage, Re-Use
Open-Grid Pavement Allows Rainwate to Infiltrate Where It Falls, Reducing Run-Off & Erosion.
Open-Grid Pavement for Rainwater Infiltration
Urban Farmscapes Can be Customized to Almost Any Living Arrangement, Allowing Organic Food Production At Home.
Green Roofs Help to Insulate the Home, Reduce Rainwater Run-Off, and Add Beatiful Green Space Amenity.
Urban Farmscapes in Custom Raised Planters
Green Roofs for Insulation & Rainwater Runoff Control
Graywater Systems Allow the Captuer and Re-Use of Household Water in the Landscape, Reducing the Use of Potable Water Outdoors.
Graywater Capture & Re-Use in Landscape
Green Screens Allow Vertical Gardening in Almost Any Living Arrangement, and Can Be Used for Food Production as Well.
Vertical Gardening with GreenScreens
Making the Attic part of the Conditioned Space of the Home Reduces Excessive Heat Gain and Heat Loss, Improving Indoor Comfort and Saving Energy-Use.
Attic Fans Remove Heat Gain From Attic & Garage Spaces
Digital Timers and Automated-Home Apps Provide Control over Energy-Usage and Time-of-Use.
Digital Timers Permit Precise Set-Points & Save Energy
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                "The best way

                                          to predict the future 

                         is to design it." 

                                                             - Buckminster Fuller