John Suppes founded Clarum Communities in 1995. His experience in the building industry dates back to the early 1980s, giving him more than 30 years experience. A very early adopter in the green-building movement, John was implementing sustainable building and design long before most of his cohorts. He began building zero-energy home communities in the early 2000’s.
John’s mother, Joanne Suppes, was a big influence. She studied architecture at Harvard University in the 1950s. Joanne often drove her children around San Francisco, explaining how buildings could have been designed more attractively, to catch more light, to blend into the natural surroundings.
With 30 years experience in building new home communities, apartment communities, and affordable housing communities, John brings his green building experience and expertise to each and every community he designs and builds. He is constantly raising the bar and bringing the latest and best technologies to home building. As a result, John is a frequent and sought-after speaker – he has spoken throughout California at conferences and in universities about green building.
Under John’s leadership, Clarum Communities built the first solar community in Santa Cruz County and participated in building research projects with both Davis Energy Group and the U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program. Clarum has also built demonstration homes to test state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies, including five Idea Home projects with Sunset Magazine.