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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Tim Eian Lecture – An Urban Passive House Infill

October 7, 2013

24th St. Passive House

24th Street Passive House Project

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.

  • 23 Oct 2013
  • 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM
  • TE Studio, 212 2nd St. SE, Suite 222 Minneapolis, MN 55414

*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.


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Continuing Ed Opportunity on September 11

August 28, 2013

Stephan Tanner of Intep will host an AIA Continuing Education Session on High Performance Windows and Envelope Components for Sustainable Design on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Check-in: 7:15 AM – 7:30 AM
Program: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Brochure (PDF)
Register Online

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2013 Lecture Series

March 19, 2013

Please join us on April 10th as Tim Eian gives an introduction to the Passive House building energy standard and its application for new construction and retrofits in cold climates.  This will be followed by a short documentary and then a Q&A.  The event will be held at TE Studio, 212 2nd St. SE, Suite 222 Minneapolis, MN 55414 and will qualify for AIA credits.  A charge of $10 to cover expenses is asked and can be paid at the door or online by registering on our national calender.

We will be holding lectures throughout 2013 so please be sure to check back regularly or sign up for our newsletter.

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2012 International Passive House Days

November 9, 2012

The 2012 International Passive House Days are happening this weekend, November 9 – 11th. Locally, the Passive House in the Woods project in Hudson, WI, will be open to the public on Sunday, November 11th from 10.45 AM. You will have the opportunity to learn about the performance of this Passive House in its first 2 years of operation, and meet the owner to get first-hand feedback. Click to learn more about this event and find the official Passive House Days announcement below.

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7th Annual Passive House Conference

October 1, 2012

A strong contingent of Minnesota professionals traveled to Denver, CO for an exciting weekend of lectures and learning Sept. 27-29.  The conference started with an inspirational look at our passive house history by Building Science Corporation’s Joseph Lstiburek.  In closing Dr. Lstiburek addressed the attendee’s as “family”, further solidifying the new partnership between the Building Science Corporation and the Passive House Institute United States.

The exiting news didn’t stop there as Katrin Klingenburg announced another partnership with the United States Department of Energy.  Starting today, getting certified as a Passive House (through PHIUS+) simultaneously gets the DOE Challenge Home label and the Energy Star label.  This endorsement of PHIUS+ passive house certification by the DOE instantly makes passive house the most energy efficient option for builders, designers and developers who want to achieve a zero energy building.  Read more about it here.

Finally, the weekend finished with a speech by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute.  He spoke of changing our future, working towards a fossil fuel free country by 2050.  You too can be inspired to “make energy do our work, instead of working our undoing”  by watching his TED talk here.

It was a great weekend and we hope to continue the momentum built in Denver locally.  Please be sure to join us October 10th as Nancy Schultz presents her Eco Home, a certified Passive House.  Register by visiting the national calendar.

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Passive House Alliance Minneapolis-St. Paul Fall Lecture Series

August 20, 2012

The Passive House Alliance Minneapolis-St. Paul (PHAMSP) is conducting a fall lecture series on the Passive House building energy standard and its implementation.  Lectures will range from the overall fundamentals of Passive House (PH) design to in-depth analysis of PH techniques, details, and verification. This series offers an opportunity to speak with PH practitioners and PH owners to gain first-hand insight into the world’s leading building energy standard and its potential in the US

Wednesday, September 12, 5pm – Tim Eian, Passive House Retrofits – Minnephit House

MinnPhit House   TE Studio

A case study and designer perspective on residential Passive House retrofitting.

Wednesday, October 10, 5pm – Nancy Schultz, Isabella Eco-Home – An Experiment Station

Compass Rose, Inc.  Isabella Experiment Station

A case study and homeowner perspective on owning a cutting-edge building, which also serves as a lab.

Wednesday, November 14, 5pm – Gary Nelson, Air Tightness and its Importance for High-Performance Buildings

Energy Conservatory

Location – TE Studio/ Integrated Planning Office: 212 2nd St. SE #222, Minneapolis, MN 55414

  • Parking is available in the surface parking lot off of 2nd St. SE for $1.75 flat fee, or in the St. Anthony Main ramp for $2.50
  • Metro Transit bus lines to Central Ave & 2nd St. SE:  10, 17, 25, 59, 260, 261, 270, 825
  • Bike racks available

Enter the historic St. Anthony Main Building on the left of the two entrances off of 2nd St. SE, take the stairs one flight down. Suite 222 is located just to the right of the stairs.

Time(s)

5pm – 5:15pm – Sign In

5:15pm – 5:45pm – Intro to PHAMSP and PH Principles

5:45pm – 6:30pm - Lecture

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Q&A/Networking

Light snacks and beverages will be provided, $10 suggested donation at the door or pay online.

Please RSVP at here, scroll down to the event title and click REGISTER.

See you there!

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