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We are on Sprout!

Sprout was kind enough to list us on their website. Their offer: “Connect to cool local places where you can buy and play in a sustainable way—and save while you’re at it.” Check them out at sprout.mn

Passive House Minnesota Meeting rescheduled!

2010-01-20 MNPHA Meeting

Passive House Minnesota Meeting
December 9, 2009 rescheduled due to weather, now 1/20/2009
AIA Minnesota, International Market Square, Minneapolis
We’ll be meeting in suite 512 on the 5th floor, NOT in the AIA office.

AGENDA

  • 11.30 General introduction to the Passive House building energy standard (attendance optional)
  • 12:00 Break (Damicos is located in the courtyard of IMS)
  • 12.15 Welcome, general introductions, and introduction of the Passive House Alliance (PHA)
  • 12.30 Introduction of the Passive House Minnesota chapter: Goals, membership, target audience, and benefits
  • 12.45 Introduction of a potential committee structure for the chapter
  • 1.00 General Discussion
  • 1.30 Meeting schedule and agenda items for the next meeting
  • 1.45 Adjourn
  • Stick around for general networking or small discussion groups.

Please contact us if you would like to be invited to this meeting: info@passivehousemn.org

It's a hole!

2009-12-03 Excavation

Excavation has officially begun at the site. This image was taken on day 1 of construction. www.PassiveHouseinTheWoods.com

This is the Passive House in the Woods

It’s been almost a year since we started work on the Passive House in the Woods. It’s about time that it makes an appearance on the blog. So without further ado, here is an image and a description.

Passive House in the Woods rendering

The Passive House in the Woods is a 1,900 square foot two-story single family home with walk-out basement level, and a rooftop terrace. It sits on just over one acre in the Town of Hudson, WI—minutes from interstate 94. Located on the outer edge of a residential development, the home overlooks the St. Croix river valley. The building lot provides stunning views Read more →

What is Passive House?

I recently edited this article and thought it’d be a good idea to put it back on the blog as an entry. This entry is permanently linked on the right hand side under pages.

Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary building energy standard focusing on superior energy efficiency and quality of life at low operating cost.

Passive House is the highest certified building energy standard in the world, with the promise of reducing the total energy consumption of buildings by up to 90%, while providing superior comfort and indoor environmental quality. When Read more →

Body Heat

builderonline.com article on PH

Repost of an article about Passive House on builderonline.com

Event Alert: Passive House Minnesota Meeting Dec. 9

You are cordially invited to the first Passive House Minnesota meeting.

We are looking to found a local organization to support and promote the Passive House building energy standard. We are looking for planners, designers, engineers, builders, vendors, suppliers, educators, lobbyists, building geeks, and energy conservationists—basically professionals who would like to support and promote the Passive House building energy standard. Join us at the meeting and become a member of a strong lobby for a strong concept.

We’ll be meeting in suite 512 (AIA conference suite) at International Market Square in Minneapolis. (NOT in the AIA office)

AGENDA

  • 11.30 General introduction to the Passive House building energy standard (attendance optional)
  • 12:00 Break (Damicos is located in the courtyard of IMS)
  • 12.15 Welcome, general introductions, and introduction of the Passive House Alliance (PHA)
  • 12.30 Introduction of the Passive House Minnesota chapter: Goals, membership, target audience, and benefits
  • 12.45 Introduction of a potential committee structure for the chapter
  • 1.00 General Discussion
  • 1.30 Meeting schedule and agenda items for the next meeting
  • 1.45 Adjourn
  • Stick around for general networking or small discussion groups.

Please contact us if you would like to partake in this meeting: info@passivehousemn.org

Book Tip: The Green Tragedy

The Green Tragedy by Pat Murphy

I just finished reading “The Green Tragedy” by Pat Murphy. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Pat at the 2008 and 2009 Passive House conferences. I admire his sensibility for the dilemma we currently face in respect to energy and buildings. IMHO, this book is a great summary of what’s going on in the building industry right now. It’s not all bad, as Pat points out a number of opportunities to make things right. Thumbs up and thanks for your work, Pat!

Event Reminder: PH Lecture tomorrow

The Passive House Standard: What it is and Why it Matters
Converge Emerge, 75th Annual AIA Minnesota Convention & Exposition

November 11, 2009;  Time: 8.30AM
2009 AIA-MN Convention

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Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 211B

I will be giving this lecture with Stephan Tanner. You can find him at http://www.theperfectbuilding.com/

Rp: Passivhaus Crosses the Atlantic

Repost of an article by Martin Holladay about his visit at the 4th North American Passive House Conference this past weekend in Urbana, IL: “Clearing away misconceptions will improve the dialogue between Passivhaus advocates and American builders”

PassivHaus Becomes Active—Further Commentary on PassivHaus

John Straube’s follow up article can be found at this link: Insight

In Defense of the Passive House Standard

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Article: In Defense of the Passive House Standard

A point-by-point clarification of why the Passive House Standard sets a worthy goal for North America by my colleagues, Marc Rosenbaum and David White.

This reposted article follows up with John Straube’s article, referenced in my last post.

PH Article on buildingscience.com

A number of people recommended John Straube’s article on buildingscience.com to me. I appreciate that PH is being discussed on buildingscience.com and John’s in-depth assessment of PH in cold climate settings.

I thought I’d offer some perspective from my corner of the world (Minneapolis, MN = cold climate). Read more →

Passive House at the 2009 AIA-MN Convention

Passive House at the 2009 AIA-MN Convention
November 11, 2009;  Time: 8.30AM
2009 AIA-MN Convention

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Minneapolis Convention Center, exact location t.b.a.

Project Presentation at upcoming Passive House Conference

Passive House in the Woods
October 16, 2009  Time: 3.30 pm

4th Annual Passive House Conference

PH Conference

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL 61801

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