Passive House Lecture on 4/10

April 7th, 2013 by Tim Eian
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

March 8th, 2013 by Tim Eian

MinnePHit House EnerPHit certificate

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

March 5th, 2013 by Tim Eian

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

February 16th, 2013 by Tim Eian

 

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

January 9th, 2013 by Tim Eian

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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

November 21st, 2012 by Tim Eian

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

November 8th, 2012 by Tim Eian

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

September 26th, 2012 by Tim Eian

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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.

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Upcoming Lecture Announcements

September 1st, 2012 by Tim Eian

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

August 2nd, 2012 by Tim Eian

 

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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