2016 Passive House Days: Save the Date

October 10, 2016


When: Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 10 am until 5 pm

Where: Nordeast Nest, 2335 McKinley St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

What: This year we are offering a series of workshops in addition to the open house. Workshops will include: (more…)


2015 International Passive House Days

October 21, 2015


The 2015 International Passive House Days are just around the corner.

Visit the MinnePHit House—the World’s first cold climate Passive House retrofit (EnerPHit) project—on November 14, and the Nordeast Nest—a low energy home with Passive House components—on November 15.

Find details on the flyers

150916_001_M2015 MinnePHit PH Days Poster

150615_002 copy 2015 Nordeast Nest PH Days Poster


2014 International Passive House Days = Open Houses

November 3, 2014


Please joint the local Passive House Community for the 2014 International Passive House Days on November7, 8 and 9. Local Passive Houses will be open to the public and you will be able to learn first hand, what the World’s best building energy standard has to offer in our cold climate. Join guided tours, meet the owners, and learn about the approach, materials, products, and systems. Enjoy the conversation with people who share your passion for a resilient, energy independent and sustainable future.

Please find the tour dates after the break.



THERM – Thermal Bridging Calculation Training

October 6, 2014




November 5th & 6th – 9:00am – 4:30pm
Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E – St. Anthony, MN  55421

RSVP by emailing info@phmn.org

In this two-day course, participants will learn the fundamentals of thermal bridging calculations. Common junction details and their modeling conventions will be examined. Modeling techniques will be taught using THERM. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform calculations and have them reviewed in class.
Course Objectives:
1.    Gain better understanding of heat loss in buildings due to thermal bridging
2.    Understand what comprises a high quality junction detail
3.    Assess degree of thermal bridging in a junction qualitatively
4.    Learn basic commands in the steady state numerical analysis software THERM
5.    Create 2D thermal models of junction details
6.    Set up the steady state models to output correct results
7.    Calculate heat flows in THERM
8.    Learn and apply thermal bridging modeling conventions
9.    Quantify the degree of thermal bridging at junctions
10.    Gain practical experience in the calculation of thermal bridging heat loss
11.    Account for thermal bridging in building energy modeling software

Intended Audience: architects, engineers, developers, self-builders and other building professionals.
Prerequisites: Participants must have a familiarity with Excel, basic building heat loss calculations, and a general knowledge of Passive House design (e.g. by completing the 1-day Passive House introduction course).

Continuing Education: This class qualifies for 12 AIA credits.

Course Requirements: Laptop with  THERM 7 preloaded, MS Excel (or equivalent); calculator, pencil and notepad for sketching

Enrollment Limit: Due to the greater attention required of the instructor for each participant, there is a limit of 15 spots for the course.

Costs: $575 per participant. This includes coffee and snacks.  Lunch will not be provided but a café is available on-site. Passive House Alliance members are eligible for a $75 discount.

Instructor: Andrew Peel


Passive House Alliance at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair

September 1, 2014

We are excited to be part of this year’s “Building New? Build Better!” exhibit at the Eco Experience building at the Minnesota State Fair. Aimed at efficiency, comfort and resilience, the exhibit showcases different approaches including Passive House design.

If you are visiting the exhibit, please continue to browse to our Passive House page to learn more about the benefits of Passive House design, and find local practitioners and projects you may be able to visit.

You can also contact our chapter if you have questions, or are seeking membership.

Building New? Build Better! Exhibit photo

Exhibit photo courtesy of Daniel Handeen



Passive House in the Woods in Star Tribune

June 6, 2014

The Minneapolis based Star Tribune paper posted an article featuring 3 sustainable minded homes. The Passive House in the Woods was featured as a prototype for high-efficiency construction. Read about it here.

Passive House in the Woods

Passive House in the Woods 2010 – Tim D. Eian, TE Studio; photo by Chad Holder




Minnesota – A First on Fair Solar Price

April 14, 2014

Minnesota has adopted a “value of solar” policy to encourage residential solar power generation.  Couple this with Passive House Design and you have a winner.  Read more about it here.


LEED can learn from Passive House: green lessons from Karuna House

March 25, 2014

Passive House modeling tools can eliminate a key LEED blind spot.   
The Passive House building standard wears blinders.  Its sole laser-like focus is on building energy performance and durability.

So most Passive House practitioners recognize that broader sustainable construction approaches like LEED, are naturally complementary.  Passive House brings depth, promising revolutionary reductions in the carbon footprint of our built environment.  LEED brings breadth, addressing environmental concerns like toxicity, renewable materials, water conservation, stormwater management, waste reduction, access to alternative transportation and much more.

To truly build “green,” we understand that we need both depth and breadth. Read the rest via Hammer & Hand: Field Notes.


Green Mountain H4H Passive House Outperforms Projections

March 25, 2014

In 2010, the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity based in Charlotte broke ground on the first planned Passive House in their portfolio. The Charlotte Habitat chapter set out to build a house that would be durable, air-tight, and energy efficient- keeping energy bills and maintenance low for the owners of the home. Efficiency Vermont and the project partners were interested in proving the hypothesis that a home built in a cold climate like Vermont can meet the strict Passive House standard. So, four years later, how is the house performing? What has the energy monitoring data told us about building to the Passive House standard in Vermont? Read more… by Peter Schneider via Efficiency Vermont.



2013 International Passive House Days

October 21, 2013

Over the last 20 years, Passive House has become synonymous with quality, comfort and energy requirements low enough to be feasibly and sustainably covered with renewable’s. From 8 – 10 November 2013, owners and residents of Passive House buildings will be able to show members of the public just that by opening their homes for the 10th annual International Passive House Days.

Passive House Alliance Minneapolis-St. Paul has coordinated with 4 local PH projects to open their doors for guided tours.  Click here for a PDF to see times and locations or click the image in this post.

RSVP here.  When registering please fill out which tour(s) you plan on attending.  Thank you.

*The 24th Street Passive House tour in LaCrosse, WI has been canceled and will be held at a future date.

Passive House Days Flyer