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.
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.
I discussed financing with my credit union. It seems the practical constraint is the value that the neighborhood can support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lessons Learned From The Passive House In The Woods Project
9/29/2012: 8 – 10 AM
Marriot City Center, Denver, CO
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
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.
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.
In addition to the living spaces, this project includes a front porch, garage/workshop, and back porch.
Ground breaking is scheduled for late summer.
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.