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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.

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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.