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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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!


Local Passive House Lectures in May

April 28, 2012

Passive House and Holistic Design

Lecture at the University of Minnesota

U of M logo

Tim Delhey Eian of the Minneapolis based design firm TE Studio will be lecturing on holistic design and the Passive House building energy standard on May 1, 2012 at 2.30 in room 31 in the basement of the old wing of the architecture building.


Passive House Retrofit

2012 Living Green Expo Workshop

Want to learn about Passive House retrofitting? Tim Delhey Eian of the Minneapolis based design firm TE Studio will be showcasing the first Passive House retrofit project in the TwinCites (and one of the first in the country)—the MinnePHit House in a presentation on Saturday, May 5, at 2 PM in Bay A at the 4-H Building at the MN State Fair.

MinnePHit House during construction



Passive House Alliance launches New Website

January 12, 2012






The Passive House Alliance US recently launched a new website.


Fall Social Hour

September 25, 2011

Join us at Common Roots Cafe on September 29, 2011 from 5:30-7:30pm to mingle with passionate members of the local Passive House community. We will briefly discuss what the local group has been up to this year and what challenges lie ahead.

This will be a cash event, food and drink not provided.
Once there please proceed to the Common Room.

Please RSVP using this link.


First Passive House Designer Exam in Minneapolis

April 10, 2011

Yesterday, Passive House Alliance MN supported the first Passive House Designer exam in Minneapolis. 6 candidates took the exam to become certified.