Energy Efficient and Modern Design

Our Story

Brach Design specializes in cutting edge, energy saving design for modern families and developers. With three certified Passive House projects built in Utah and two Certified Passive House Consultants on staff, no other Utah-based architecture firm can deliver an innovative building like Brach Design can.

The Passive House buildings we design provide several distinct advantages over typical houses:

  • Drastically lower energy consumption

  • Superior indoor air quality (obviously a huge benefit in SLC)

  • Improved occupant comfort regardless of outside temperature

  • Vastly lower operating costs over the lifetime of the building

When combined with our attention to aesthetic and detail, the resulting building can be a truly spectacular place to live and work. More detail on Passive House design.

We have more than 10 years experience (primarily practicing in the Salt Lake valley and Park City area) and are sensitive to your budget concerns. Achieving the Passive House standard does not necessarily mean spending more. We can help you reach your goal within budget.

We model your project in 3D, providing clients with a complete understanding of their building during the design phase. Learn more at our 3D Modeling page on how this works.

Our Partners

Dave Brach designed an incredibly energy efficient and beautiful home for us.
— Zevon Residence owner
We have used Brach Design both for substantial rehab and demo/new construction of residences ... The modern design we sought had to be dramatic yet within the confines of the existing surroundings. Brach Design provided excellent design ideas. Almost as important, their understanding of construction made the final designs consistent with our budgets.
— Thomas Condit
It was a pleasure to work closely with Brach Design on the design of our house. Our lot had some unique features that we were concerned about, but Dave just turned them into strengths ...
— Steven Ricks
Most architects tell their clients that their home can be built efficiently, but do not think about how a building functions as a system. From the start of the process, the Brach Design team uses solar pathfinding, energy modeling and a thorough site analysis to design and orientate the building so that it can function as designed.
— T&T Mountain Builders
Working with Dave Brach was a fabulous experience.
— Zevon Residence Owner
I would not hesitate to work with Dave again, and to be frank, still dream of having him build a small net-zero home for my family one day. My highest recommendations.
— Kathleen Ferdon

Dave Brach

Principal Architect
Certified Passive House Consultant

Dave sketched his first floor plan in 6th grade and has had a lifelong passion for drawing and building everything from furniture and cabinetry to complete buildings.  After many detours including a year in Europe, an anthropology degree, and work as a bicycle mechanic, carpenter, and head waiter in Chicago's most famous wine bar, he eventually completed formal architecture studies.  This was followed by internships at firms in Chicago, San Francisco and Minneapolis, before falling in love with the mountains and desert of Utah where he founded Brach Design in 2005.

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phone: 801 865 7648
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Tom Candee

Licensed Architect
Certified Passive House Consultant

Tom attended University of Vermont and received his Master of Architecture at University of Utah. Long interested in environmental causes and fascinated by the power of good design, Tom decided the best way to make a positive impact was through architecture. Brach Design's focus on energy efficient buildings and Passive House design coupled with a smart, modern aesthetic has been a wonderful fit. 

Tom's other interests include enjoying the Wasatch, reading, learning, gardening and spending time with his young family.

phone: 801 258 1028
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Alexis Suggs

Intern Architect

Alexis attended University of Utah and is currently working her way through the U's Master of Architecture program. Originally from Detroit, Alexis is interested in low energy building, sustainability and community-involved design which has resulted in two published works. She also teaches art and architecture to middle school students.

Outside of school and work, she likes to bike, paddleboard, cook, travel, paint and create mixed media projects.

phone: 810 392 1165
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