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TE Studio & Intep Open House August 1!

 

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Save the date! Friday, August 1st from 3–9. Come see our new office. Experience a deep energy reduction retrofit office building and chat with the experts. 

Our New Office

Starting today, we are working out of our new offices at 901 23rd Avenue NE in Minneapolis, MN 55418. Please update your address book accordingly. Phone and email information remain the same. We look forward to welcoming you at our new location.

EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour

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Come visit us this Saturday any time from 10-4 at The Passive House in the Woods. We are proud to be part of the EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour.

Address: 908 Kirkwood Way North, Town of Hudson WI 54016.

Hope to see you there, we’d love to give you a tour!

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Passive House Farm Progress Photo

The Passive House Farm in Northfield is coming along very nicely. Here is a photo I took at the recent International Passive House Days.

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2013 International Passive House Days

Please Join Us For The 2013 International Passive House Days

TE Studio is a co-founder and proud supporter of the local Passive House Alliance chapter.  Please join us for an opportunity to learn about and experience Passive House—the World’s most comfortable and energy effcient building standard.
Three of our designs will be open to the public on November 9 and 10, 2013.

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Passive House in the Woods, Konkol Residence
Wisconsin’s first certified Passive House; net-energy positive energy performance

Open November 9 from 9 to 11:30AM.

908 Kirkwood Way North
Town of Hudson, WI 54016

Project Overview

 

 

MinnePHit HouseMinnePHit House, Brazelton Residence
The first certified Passive House retrofit (EnerPHit) in a cold-climate

Open November 9 from 2 to 4 PM

5605 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Project Overview

 

 

Passive House Farm

Northfield Passive House Farm

Open November 10 from 10:30 AM to Noon.

2713 Union Lake Trail
Northfield MN 55057

Project Overview

Passive House Farm Progress Pictures

The Passive House Farm in July 2013.

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Article in the Northeaster

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Tim Eian is featured in this article on sustainability in Minneapolis’ Northeaster.

Stealthy Green Homes – PHitW Featured In The Wall Street Journal

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Our Passive House in the Woods is part of an article in today’s Wall Street Journal on zero energy homes. The article is called “Stealthy Green Homes“.

Passive House Primer now on Youtube

I finally uploaded the most recent Passive House primer to Youtube.

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Passive House Retrofit Pilot Project

Today’s mail brought us the official EnerPHit wall plaque for the MinnePHit House project. This building is officially one of the highest-performing retrofit buildings in a cold climate anywhere.

MinnePHit EnerPHit wall plaque and certificate

Passive House Lecture on 4/10

I will be lecturing this upcoming week about the basics of Passive House. The lecture is part of the 2013 Twin Cities Passive House Alliance Chapter’s lecture series.
The lecture will be held this Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM in our offices in the historic St. Anthony Main Building – 212 2nd St. SE, Suite 222, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Drinks and snacks will be provided. You can find more details and register at the national Passive House Alliance website at: http://www.phalliance.com/community-resources/national-events-calendar/national-events-calendar
The event will be broadcast via webcast—so you can participate from the comforts of your home or office.
I look forward to seeing you at the event. There’ll be more lectures upcoming. Please feel free to check out the Passive House Alliance Minneapolis/ St. Paul website for announcements: http://www.phamsp.org

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MinnePHit House is First Cold-Climate Passive House Retrofit

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The MinnePHit House received the Passivhaus Institute’s EnerPHit certification—making it the first cold-climate retrofit they ever certified. We were fortunate to partner with the PHI on this pilot project, which leverages their brand new retrofit certification program. We are excited about this milestone, and the fact that EnerPHit works in US climate zone 6 for a home that is over 80 years old. The results are truly amazing.

 

Passive House Lecture at the University of Minnesota

I’ll be lecturing about the Passive House building energy standard at the University of Minnesota’s school of architecture on Tuesday, March 5. Details below.

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Introduction to the Passive House Building Energy Standard

3/5/2013: 2.30 – 3.45 PM
Room 31 in the basement of the old wing of the architecture building.

Citizens For Community Resilience and Sustainability Presentation

 

Sustainability Community In Action

I was invited to speak at this month’s Citizens For Community Resilience and Sustainability meeting in St. Anthony Village on Saturday, February 16th, at 3PM in the St. Anthony Village Community Center Council Chambers. My talk will center around high-performance new homes and retrofits—highlighting the potential and approach. The event is free and open to the public.

Article in Remodeling Magazine

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Recently we were interviewed by Remodeling Magazine about our EnerPHit project in South Minneapolis. This project is a pilot EnerPHit project our office designed. Certification is in progress with the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.

You can read the entire article here.

Here is a thought for home owners and lenders

Client Comment:

I discussed financing with my credit union. It seems the practical constraint is the value that the neighborhood can support.

My reply:
This is all too often the case and can be very limiting. It really depends on the lender, though. Some are able to use the significant reduction in operating cost as an asset to lend against. It may take the right lender and a bit of creative thinking to pull a project like this together. In many cases, however, I have seen the challenge be the ability to pull together financing for any project in the first place, and not specifically for the added cost to make it a green, high-performance project.
In most neighborhoods it does cost more to build new than to buy used, much in the same way that a new car is more expensive than a used one. In some neighborhoods the difference can be significant. If the decision to lend is purely based on neighborhood value, many neighborhoods cannot be built in other than by those owners who can afford to pay cash. These people, however, are likely to build elsewhere. So in short, if we can agree that a decent neighborhood deserves new people to come in and make an investment, we have to get beyond the point of the simple neighborhood cost comparison and agree that in some cases, a new home will cost more than an old, used home—but at the same time represent a greater value and asset to the owner, society, and the lender.
In addition, we need to take a closer look at total cost of ownership over a given lifecycle or time-period, which may show that a more expensive home may be the cheaper home in the long run, and therefore present a more desirable proposition for future owners, which in turn are likely to pay more for it. That is of course, if the added cost went towards things that actually reduce the total cost of ownership. The two main investment categories that will produce this kind of cost advantage are the cost of operation (mainly energy and other services), as well as the cost of maintenance (materials and systems) including replacement cost. I would call this resource and risk management, and ultimately sustainability. I think that sustainability is worth something, and propose to lenders to recognize that.

Upcoming Passive House Events

Please Join Us For Two Upcoming Events

TE Studio is a co-founder and proud supporter of the local Passive House Alliance chapter. This month we are involved in a couple of upcoming events. Please join us for an opportunity to learn about and experience Passive House—the World’s most comfortable and energy effcient building standard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 International Passive House Days

The Passive House in the Woods in Hudson, WI will be open to the public this Sunday, November 11th, from 10.45 AM to Noon for a tour with homeowner Gary Konkol and Passive House Designer Tim Eian. Tim will be offering insights into the performance of the home in its first two years of operation. 908 Kirkwood Way North, Hudson, WI 54016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passive House Alliance MSP
Fall Lecture Series #3

Gary Nelson, co-Founder of The Energy Conservatory:
Air Tightness And Its Importance in High-Performance Buildings
The Energy Conservatory is known worldwide as a leader in the building performance testing industry with some of the most reliable, accurate and versatile performance testing products on the market today.
The event will be held from 5-7PM at our office in the historic St. Anthony Main building at 212 2nd St. SE #222, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Please RSVP at the National PH Alliance Calendar, Click Register.
More information found at www.phamsp.org

 

TE Studio’s Projects At Das Haus in Chicago

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We were fortunate to be asked to display some of our work at the Das Haus Exhibit in Chicago, which is ongoing at the moment. Our colleague Mark Miller was kind enough to record the project posters in place on Daley Plaza with his phone. If you are in the area, make sure to check it out in person.

We’ll showcase some of them at this year’s annual North American Passive House Conference in Denver this week, as well.

TE Studio - Farm Poster MinnePHit poster Passive House In The Woods Poster

 

Upcoming Lecture Announcements

Passive House Retrofits – The MinnePHit House

9/12/2012: 5 – 7.30 PM

TE Studio Office: 212 2nd St. SE #2222, Minneapolis, MN 55414

RSVP: Please use this link.

 

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Lessons Learned From The Passive House In The Woods Project

2012 North American Passive House Conference

9/29/2012: 8 – 10 AM

Marriot City Center, Denver, CO

Case Study Published On Passive House Alliance Website

 

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The Passive House Alliance U.S. published a case study on the Passive House in the Woods project last week. You can find it at this link: http://www.phaus.org/learn/case-studies

 

Eagle Bluff Retrofit Earns MN-first 1000 Home Challenge Certification

Eagle Bluff Director's Residence (Northeast perspective)

In 2011, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center completed a Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit of its director’s residence—its oldest most energy inefficient building—with the help of TE Studio.  The residence was originally built in 1973.  It used to be heated with 17 cords of split, dried oak firewood.  It was extremely leaky—during a home audit in 2007, it would not achieve 50 Pascals of pressure during the initial blower door test. It eventually achieved a 0.45 ACH50 reading.

We provided initial consulting and retrofit designs for this project, which was later executed with the help of many volunteers. The home was just recognized by ACI as the 9th in the country to meet the 1000 Home Challenge, and as the first project in Minnesota to do so.

Find the official letter of recognition from ACI below the break.

Read more →

Minnesota Passive House Farm Project

We finally got around to rendering a current project in rural Minnesota. This farmhouse replaces a family home and becomes the new hub on the property. It is designed to meet the Passive House standard and become net-zero or energy plus with the addition of a future PV system on the south-facing roof slope, as shown on the southwest corner rendering below.

Minnesota Passive House Farm (Southwest corner)

In addition to the living spaces, this project includes a front porch, garage/workshop, and back porch.

Minnesota Passive House Farm (West facade)

Ground breaking is scheduled for late summer.

Urban Retrofit Project Earns Minnesota GreenStar Gold Certification

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Minnesota GreenStar Gold Certificate Benjamin St.

One of our early works was just awarded the Minnesota GreenStar Gold certification—representing their highest category for remodeled homes. The project consisted of building envelope upgrades and mechanical systems enhancements, as well as remodeling and adding with earth friendly practices and materials.

 

Wisconsin Home is Minnesota GreenStar® Gold

The Passive House in the Woods received the highest Minnesota GreenStar® certification (Gold) today. We are very excited to see the certification come through and congratulate the owner and all the team members involved in the design and construction on this achievement!

We used the Minnesota GreenStar® program to compliment the Passive House certification. It’s green markers helped track resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, water conservation, and reduced site and community impact, with the energy efficiency requirement being met and exceeded by the achievement of the Passive House certification.

U of M Lecture on May 1, 2012

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Tim Delhey Eian 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.

 

Retrofit Lecture at the 2012 Living Green Expo

Want to learn about Passive House retrofitting? Tim Delhey Eian will be showcasing a recent Passive House retrofit project in the TwinCites—the MinnePHit house in a presentation on Saturday, May 5, at 2pm in Bay A at the 4-H Building; MN State Fair.

MinnePHit House during construction

www.livinggreenexpo.mn

Earth Week Lecture On 4/25 Featuring MinnePHit

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Thinking about building or remodeling a home, or want to know more about energy efficient technology to reduce your carbon footprint as well as your heating and cooling bills? Tim Eian has focused his architectural skills on incorporating the latest technology in energy efficient new and remodeled homes, which use a tiny fraction of most houses.

This presentation at the North Hennepin Community College highlights the “MinnePHit House” project in South Minneapolis—a deep energy reduction project that turns a 1935 house into a Passive House home.

More information can be found on the North Hennepin County Community College website.

Date: 4/25/2012

Time: 10 – 11 AM

Location: North Hennepin Community College CLA 133

Links: MinnePHit House Website  |  MinnePHit House on Facebook

PHitW Project Published in New Passive House Book

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The Passive House in the Woods project was published in a new book by Chris Uffelen called: “Passive Houses – energy efficient homes” that can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.

PhitW project update on GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

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Richard Defendorf of GreenBuildingAvdisor.com put together a little follow up on the 1st year performance of the Passive House in the Woods project in Hudson, WI. You can read the entire article after the jump: Passive House in the Woods Goes Energy-Positive.

Passive House in the Woods Project wins 2011 Best Technical Achievement of the Year Award

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Green Builder Magazine surprised us today with a 2011 Best Technical Achievement of the Year Award for the Passive House in the Woods project. You can read their article online.

We moved!

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We moved our studio this month. You can now find us in the historic Saint Anthony Main Building on the riverfront in Minneapolis. Feel free to stop in if you are in the neighborhood. For your records, here is our new street address:

TE Studio
212 2nd St. SE
Suite 222
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone and email remain the same. We look forward to serving you from our new space.

 

TE Studio Featured on Graphisoft Blog

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Our studio was recently featured in an article on the Graphisoft BIM Engine Blog.

TE Studio position has been filled

Thanks for the applications. The current position at TE Studio has been filled.

Net-Energy Positive Passive House

This just in: The Passive House in the Woods in Hudson Wisconsin officially clocked a net-energy positive meter reading in 2011.

What does that mean?

In short, it made more energy than it consumed. While we predicted this with our energy models, we found and learned through monitoring that some equipment and appliances use more energy than assumed. On the flip side, user behavior plays a major role as well and can effectively lower energy consumption over the predicted model.

Starting the journey towards energy neutrality and beyond with a Passive House works really well, as the building is designed to provide a comfortable environment with very little energy input. The addition of carefully sized renewable sources, such as photovoltaic and solar thermal can then balance the remaining energy flow, or reverse it.

Passive House in the Woods by Corey Gaffer 

 

Job Posting

We are looking for an Architect, designer and drafts person for a residential high-performance design firm. No minimum years of experience are required as long as our list of essential skills is met, and preferred skills are available to some extent. You will wear many hats, as this is a small but growing company. We have a huge passion for performance-based design and a holistic approach to sustainability. We are looking for partners in our mission to design better homes for the 21st century.

 

Essential Skills

You have:

  • proven yourself as an architectural designer and have a portfolio to illustrate your (built) body of work.
  • significant experience with the production of working drawings and specifications.
  • significant experience with highly detailed residential (and commercial) designs.
  • significant experience with Graphisoft ArchiCAD and teamwork workflows. (We use the ArchiCAD BIM server and stay current with ArchiCAD versions.)

 

 

Preferred Skills

You:

  • have great passion for advanced design and engineering in the building industry and you want to advance practices and standards.
  • have a passion for and experience with high-performance building envelopes.
  • understand “holistic approach” and “sustainability”.
  • bring a good understanding of basic building science (e.g. moisture transfer, insulation values, airtightness, etc.).
  • have basic experience on the jobsite or in construction observation and a great understanding of how stuff gets built.
  • have some experience with green building standards and certifications, e.g. LEED, Passive House, Minergie, MN GreenStar, Energy Star, HERS, etc.
  • have some experience with energy modeling.
  • can identify the tasks needed to complete a project.
  • can lead and shape workflows.
  • are organized and can plug into an existing office infrastructure.
  • see and find work.
  • can work independently but also follow instructions.
  • are at home with Mac OS X, Microsoft Excel and Word, and you may know Apple Keynote and Pages, as well as Graphisoft EcoDesigner.

 

 

Work Environment

  • We strongly believe in a holistic design approach for sustainable homes.
  • Our work environment is highly collaborative.
  • You may have the opportunity to do work with our commercial partner firm Intep in our shared office.
  • You will encounter German-speaking co-workers; no worries, all are fluent in English.

 

 

Starting Date

  • February 2012

 

Terms and Salary

  • 3-month contractor arrangement to test the waters.
  • Option for extended contract, part-, or full-time employment.
  • We are a small and nimble firm. We can individually negotiate your pay and our working conditions.

 

Interested. Please contact us via the contact link on this page and reference this job posting.

TE Studio is Moving

Main St. Minneapolis

Dear Clients, Friends, and Followers,

We have finally outgrown our old space and will be moving to our new office at St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis on February 1, 2012. We hope to welcome you soon in our new space and offer you leading-edge design and consulting services to bring your home project into the 21st century of performance.

Please make this change in your address book:

TE Studio, Ltd.
212 2nd St. SE, Suite 222
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Any other means of communication will remain the same. Happy New Year!

 

MinnePHit House update

 

MinnePHit House front elevation

The MinnePHit House is inching closer to completion as the year draws to a close. We are very excited to be part of the project and wish the owners well on their journey toward move-in day.

Tim Eian Passivhaus certified

Tim Delhey Eian, principal and owner of TE Studio was recently certified by the Passiv Haus Institut in Darmstadt as Certified Passive House Designer PHI.

TE Studio offers project certification through the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), the Passiv Haus Institut in Germany (PHI), or any other available authorized certifiers world-wide.

Full House at the MinnePHit Project

Thanks for those of you who came out yesterday to see the MinnePHit House in South Minneapolis. We literally had a full house and shared many great conversations after the initial presentation. Thanks for your interest. I suppose it did help that the StarTribune published an article about the project the same morning.