7381 South Glencoe Way
Centennial, CO 80122
Service area: 150 miles
Service Area: Habitation Solutions works primarily in the Denver metropolitan area and the Front Range area.
HABITATION SOLUTIONS offers architecture & residential design, architectural drafting, residential energy auditing, Passive House consulting, and a consulting for various energy efficiency programs.
Architecture & residential design services focus on custom residences and small commercial buildings. Energy and resource-efficient solutions are an important part of the work performed by HABITATION SOLUTIONS. Strategies like passive solar gain, air-sealing, enhanced insulation, reduction of thermal bridging, and efficient mechanical systems are used in the design of our buildings.
Passive House and Energy Star consulting are the two the two residential energy-efficiency programs offered by HABITATION SOLUTIONS.
A variety of residential energy audits are offered, ranging in scope from a visual inspection to diagnostics (blower door testing and infrared scanning). The audits are structured to fit within the Xcel Energy residential energy-audit rebate program.
Jeff von Breitenfeld, owner of HABITATION SOLUTIONS, has completed scores of projects over his 25 year career. These projects consist of custom homes, affordable homes, schools, libraries, office buildings, and transportation facilities. The projects were undertaken as renovated buildings, new buildings, code-built construction and sustainably built buildings.
The following projects are described briefly, see ww.habitationsolutions.com for additional information.
House in the Denver Foothills
Along with a large team of professionals, I was involved with the design of a zero-net energy home outside Denver.
This home, designed for a wellness doctor and his family, is designed to have a healthful interior, use very few resources, take advantage of a beautiful site, and be a wonderful place to live.
The home sits on a 35 acre site with rolling terrain, many trees, ample open space, and wonderful views. The site slopes slightly across the house, providing enough flat area for outside activities and enough fall to allow light into the lower level.
The main level is mostly an open plan, comprising of living, dining, and kitchen areas. The plan is organized to take advantage of wonderful views and warmth from the masonry heater. Bedrooms are located on the upper level; the lower level is comprised of entertainment, exercise, and mechanical areas.
The house is positioned on the site to maximize solar-exposure. Most of the windows face south, sunlight is utilized to light and heat the house. The building is extra-ordinarily well built, with excellent insulation and air-sealing, resulting in low demand for heating.
The home uses 15% of the energy as an average home; it is heated and powered using a masonry heater, a photovoltaic system and a solar thermal system. The photovoltaic system is attached to the grid; net metering is employed.
Indoor air quality is improved using environmentally friendly products. Use of these products can result in a more healthful environment that reduces the incidence of asthma and allergies.
Habitat for Humanity House
The duplex is a handsome, affordable home; providing owners ease of maintenance, low operating costs and a comfortable, healthful environment in which to live. All spaces as required by the program are provided.
Main living spaces are located on the upper level to meet the constraints of the site and give the greatest access to natural light—a clerestory provides light from above. Also, better views from the main living spaces and greater visibility of the entrance from the street are provided. Since the lower level is partially below ground, a light well is provided.
The duplex is designed to meet the goals of Architecture 2030. The strategy to meet these goals consists of employing passive solar design with day-lighting; constructing a well-built home with good insulation, air sealing, and efficient mechanical systems; and incorporating on-site rene
Architect. Jeff has been licensed to practice architecture in Colorado since 1986 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He completed architecture school at Montana State University has and more than 25 years of architectural experience. He worked for various architecture firms, working on all phases of projects. The project types he worked on include custom homes, retail centers, restaurants, and schools.
Energy Auditor. Jeff completed energy auditor training in 2011. He completes residential energy audits and is involved with the Xcel Energy residential energy auditing program in Colorado.
Passive House Consultant. Jeff completed Passive House training in 2012 and is now certified by the Passive House Institute as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC).
LEED AP BD+C. Jeff has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, having been involved in extensive continuing education and training to become knowledgeable in green/sustainable design and construction.
Energy Rater. Jeff completed energy rater training in 2010 and is now certified by RESNET as a HERS/energy rater.
The vision of HABITATION SOLUTIONS is to design residences that meet customers’ needs, are responsive to the environment, use minimal resources, and are places where people want to be. Customers’ needs include programmatic, budgetary, and scheduling needs. The use of minimal resources means meeting the goals of Architecture 2030—carbon neutrality by the year 2030.
Through architecture, the first involvement in green architecture and design was the design of a near net-zero residence outside of Denver. The design of the home included on-site renewables, a very tight building envelope, passive solar design, and good day-lighting. The home also utilized xeriscaping, enhanced ventilation, and low-emitting materials.
Through residential energy auditing, the first energy audits were attained through the Xcel Energy trade partner program. A variety of audits were conducted, audit reports were prepared, and proposals to fix problems discovered on the audits were prepared for the audit customers.