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Event Reminder: PHitW Construction Tour today

Passive House in the Woods - one amazing homeEnjoy the Tour

Thanks for signing up for the construction tour today. We look forward to having you and to show you around this amazing home. We’ll see you at the site at Noon.

Directions and Parking Instructions

The property is located at 908 Kirkwood Way North, Town of Hudson, WI 54016 (directions, see below). We encourage people to car-pool, seek parking on 10th Avenue, and walk 1/2 block to the property from there.

  • From the West (metro area)
  • I-94 East to Exit 1 in Wisconsin for Hudson and WI 35 North (just past the St. Croix River)
  • Take Exit 1 North towards Hudson, State Rd 35 (2nd St. S)
  • Take State Rd 35 (2nd St. S) for about 3 miles North
  • Take a right on Krattley Ln/Krattley Ln N, head uphill (East)
  • Take a left on Tenth St. N
  • SEEK PARKING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF Tenth St. N and Kirkwood Way N!
  • Walk left on Kirkwood Way N (note: road sign only on the right) 1/2 block
  • The property is located at 908 Kirkwood Way North, immediately to the left once the road turns from asphalt to gravel
  • Meet at the construction trailer

Passive House in the Woods Construction Tour date added!

Due to popular demand, we added an additional tour of the Passive House in the Woods (PhitW) project this Thursday, 5/27 at Noon. For RSVPs please contact Amanda at Morr Construction.

Mini Series: What makes the PHitW project so sustainable

This week we embarked on a little mini-series, highlighting 5 reasons why the Passive House in the Woods project is a sustainable project.

The leapfrog design of the Passive House in the Woods is based on integrated design and the holistic idea of building and living. Gary approached us with a vision of carbon-neutral, low impact building. That in itself does not sound like much. But we quickly realized how serious he is about it, and embraced the idea by assembling and leading a team of experts to deliver on all fronts of sustainability.

Follow the entire series at www.passivehouseinthewoods.com

Passive House in the Woods front entry perspective

Passive House in the Woods front entry perspective

PHitW Construction Tour Announcement

The Passive House in the Woods will be open for a Construction Tour on 5/21/2010. We’ll have two tours that day. The first one is scheduled for 1.30 pm, the second one for 3.30 pm. If you are interested to see this high-performance building in person, please RSVP by 5/18 to Amanda at Morr Construction: amanda@morrconstruction.com

PHitW in Hudson Star Observer

The Passive House in the Woods project was just written up by the local Hudson Star Observer: “North Hudson man takes building ‘green’ to a new level”.

Deep Energy Retrofit Discussion

Martin Holladay at GreenBuildingAdvisor.com kicked off another fabulous subject on their blog entitled: Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Insulation or Solar Power?

As a certified Passive House Consultant, I am partial to the insulation. However, Martin makes a good point when comparing the two approaches. As the discussion goes, many points about this subject are being addressed. This is my reply:

Other selling points
by Tim Eian, TE Studio

Our firm has been working to get a viable DER business off the ground for the last two years. We practice in an extremely cold climate (MN). After the first year, we found that there were not enough selling points to overcome the first-day cost—and even calculations favoring a DER approach in the long run may not entice owners enough to go into debt—let alone their banks who cannot begin to understand what DER actually is and why it would create value and equity.

Year two has been more successful for us, as we have been focusing on more immediately tangible advantages of indoor environmental quality and health, as well as comfort (a big thing in a cold climate) and survivability. In addition, we are trying to single out the DER measures as Read more →

"Passive Aggressive": PHitW featured in Green Builder Magazine

Green Builder Magazine featured the Passive House in the Woods project in its March issue in the Green Scene section. Thanks for the tip Josh.

Thanks for talking with us at the Living Green Expo

TE Studio, Passive House Design Experts

We greatly appreciate all the wonderful conversations you brought to us at the Living Green Expo. We talked about Passive House for residential and commercial applications, proper site placement of buildings, sustainable building design in general, ventilation systems and indoor air-quality, lifecycle cost, quality construction, insulation, and so much more. We appreciate all your positive feedback about what we do and look forward to another year of extremely energy efficient building design until next year’s Expo.

Come and visit us at Living Green

TE Studio booth at Living Green Expo 2010We are in booth U21E on the upper floor of the Living Green Expo this weekend. We’ve had lots of enjoyable conversations about Passive House and energy-efficient building design. Come join us—it’s free!

Grandstand, MN State Fairgrounds

Tomorrow Sunday, we’ll be there from 10 until 5pm.

Passive House in the Woods on Jetson Green

Jetson Green on Passive House in the Woods

Jetson Green posted this wonderful article about the Passive House in the Woods today.

Visit us at Living Green Expo this Weekend!

Join us and over 2oo exhibitors at this year’s free Living Green Expo on Saturday, May 1, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, May 2,  from 10 am to 5 pm.

We are in booth U21 on the second floor across from the Main Workshop Stage (and next to French Meadow Bakery). Find us to talk about Passive House and Deep Energy Reduction Retrofitting, as well as the Passive House in the Woods project.

We’ll also be giving a Passive House workshop at 3 pm on Saturday, May 1. See you at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds Grandstand.

www.livinggreenexpo.mn

It's Earth Day at TE Studio

We can help ready your home for a sustainable future.

We provide expert design for extremely…

  • earth-friendly
  • people-friendly
  • beautiful
  • durable
  • low-maintenance
  • high-performance
  • energy efficient
  • comfortable
  • healthy
  • high-quality

…and intelligent homes.

Talk to us about Passive House—the leading certified energy standard in the world—or deep energy reduction retrofitting—a dramatic reduction of energy for existing buildings.

TE Studio, 612-246-4670

The Magic Box

Martin Holladay at Greenbuildingadvisor.com posted an interesting article about “magic boxes”—integrated heating, cooling, ventilation (and sometimes hot water) devices for Passivhaus construction. A great read: Magic-box your Passive House

Homestar Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program

The Homestar Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program could be the government’s cash for clunkers for homes equivalent. Read more about the offering that is in the works at this link.

In this writer’s humble opinion, the incentives offered may be low compared to the real cost of any significant and holistic energy efficiency upgrade in a home—especially in a cold climate. However, it’s a starting point.