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The Carmel and Pebble Beach campuses of the private Stevenson School educate grades K-8 and 9-12 respectively. Faculty housing at the Pebble Beach campus is currently being upgraded to accommodate twice as many families on school grounds. As a commitment to the environment and their stunning campus, the school chose to build highly efficient homes that protect the existing cyprus and pine trees native to the area. Turnbull Griffin Haesloop designed the duplex homes in a style reminiscent of local cabins and cottages of the area.

Each duplex is 4,812 sq ft (2,406 sq ft per home) and includes a detached garage and fenced backyard. The homes are Passive House certified and save more than 90% on heating costs and 70% on energy. The homes feature air-­tight construction with minimal thermal bridging, lots of ­insulation, high performance triple‐pane Unilux windows, and Zehnder heat recovery ventilation units. Operable windows allow for natural ventilation during pleasant temperatures, and the HRV maintains a high level of air quality with minimal energy losses. The remaining 4 duplexes are expected to be completed within the next year or so.

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