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.
November 5th & 6th – 9:00am – 4:30pm
2500 County Road E – St. Anthony, MN 55421
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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.
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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.
Tim Eian of Intep will guide the audience through his studio’s latest project, the 24th Street Passive House homes in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This urban infill project demonstrates the Passive House concept and marks the beginning of new path to high-performance projects for its developer, Western Wisconsin Technical College. Both the design and construction phases serve as a laboratory for Western’s education program. The built homes provide La Crosse with its first Passive Houses and support Western’s mission to provide cutting edge education and meaningful community outreach.
The presentation will be preceded by a short slide show outlining recent and current Passive House projects throughout the country.
*If you wish to attend via webinar please register here and follow the prompts. A small fee is being asked to cover expenses and help us provide future lectures. Once you have paid online you will be sent an email with a link to the webinar, be sure to save this email. People planning on attending in person can forego online payment and pay at the door, kids under the age of 16 are free.