We are at the Living Green Expo 2011

Join us on May 7 and 8 at the State Fair Grounds for this year’s Living Green Expo. We’ll be in the Education building, in aisle A and booth 04. We are going to showcase our holistic approach to sustainable building design. Among other things, we’ll offer an insight into affordable high-peformance designs that cut 80% of operations cost and stretch maintenance cycles by a factor of 2 and more. On Saturday, I will be lecturing at Noon about Passive House. See you!

2 Lectures this Week

I’ll be at the U of M tomorrow, 4/19/11 from 11.15 to 12.30 at Rhapson Hall to lecture on the basics of Passive House and sustainable design.

On Wednesday, I will share the stage with the owner of the Passive House in the Woods project to share our experience: 4/20/11;  10 – 11am; North Hennepin Community College. Link

Event Reminder: MPLS Neighborhood Talk on 2/12

I will be at the Corcoran Park Neighborhood Sustainability Event tomorrow, February 12, 2011. From 11 am – 12.30 pm I will be lecturing on Deep Energy Reduction Retrofitting. You can find out how a retrofit can bring 21st century performance to your home.

Corcoran Park
3334 20th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Open to the public.

Upcoming NHCC Lecture – Save the Date

NHCC logo

North Hennepin Community College invited me to share the stage with Dr. Konkol—the owner of the Passive House in the Woods. Dr. Konkol and I will be discussing our experience with the Passive House project, and inform and educate young people to consider energy efficient housing as they begin planning for their own projects.

As part of the same event at NHCC, Will Steger is presenting as a keynote speaker on Monday, April 18. He will be speaking on his polar experiences and on energy efficient housing. We’ll be able to tie into his lecture with Dr. Konkol’s house.

Please save the date: April 20, 2011 from 10 – 11 AM at North Hennepin Community College. Details to follow.

Corcoran Park Neighborhood Event

I will be giving a talk about Passive House and Deep Energy Retrofits at the upcoming Corcoran Park Neighborhood Sustainability Event

February 12, 2011. 11 am – 12.30 pm
Corcoran Park
3334 20th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407

This event is open to the public.

Lecture at PHMN Meeting

I will be lecturing at a Passive House Minnesota event on February 3, 2011. Please find the specifics at phmn.org. I’ll be talking about the Passive House building energy standard, as well as the Passive House in the Woods. I’ll be joined by PHMN board members, as well as Josh Crenshaw, who built the Passive House in the Woods. I also expect vendors to showcase their PH-specific products at the event.

Passive House Days this Weekend

Join us during the 7th international Passive House Days on Friday through Sunday. We will open the Passive House in the Woods for public viewing from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Gary Konkol (owner) and Tim Eian (TE Studio) will be on site to answer your questions and demonstrate how the home functions with every day use. We look forward to seeing you in Hudson.

Passive House in the Woods, entry canopy detail

Upcoming Lecture at the Passive House Conference


I’ll be presenting the Passive House in the Woods at the 5th North American Passive House Conference on Saturday, November 6th 2010, time t.b.d.

You can find more info and register for the conference at the Conference Website.

All my upcoming and past speaking engagements can be found in the Portfolio/Lecture section of this website.

Sustainable Shelter Exhibit

Bell Museum Logo

The U of M’s Bell Museum in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Building Research invited us to participate in their latest exhibit, Sustainable Shelter—Dwelling within the Forces of Nature. The exhibit will show the many ways that animals and humans create shelter, and explain how shelters relate to the environment. Doors opened this past weekend and the exhibit will be on through May 15th. The grand opening is November 11. Find the CSBR’s press release at this link.

Passive House in the Woods Open House tomorrow!

Please join the design team and Midwest Home for a public open house at the Passive House in the Woods tomorrow from 1 – 4 pm. We look forward to showing the home and explaining how it can stay warm without a furnace or boiler, and how it makes more energy than it consumes.

Passive House in the Woods, rear stairwell

Rear stairwell

Passive House in the Woods: Save the Dates!

Passive House in the Woods, Front Elevation

  • Blower Door Test with Gary Nelson from the Energy Conservatory: 9/4/2010, 10 AM
    Please RSVP: 612-203-1629 (Tim Eian)
  • Midwest Home Magazine Open House: 9/18/2010, 1 – 4 pm
    Open to the public
  • Morr Construction & TE Studio Event: 9/24/2010, 4 – 7 pm
    Please RSVP to amanda@morrconstruction.com
  • American Standard Event featuring fixtures by American Standard, Jado and Porcher: 9/30/2010, 4 – 7 pm
    Details to be announced
  • MRES Solar Tour: Saturday, 10/2/2010, 10 am – 5 pm
    Open to the public
  • Caring for Creation / Alliance for Sustainability Event: 10/10/2010, afternoon
    Details to be announced
  • Energy Event with Enhanced Home Systems, Energy Concepts and Carol Chaffee: 10/14/2010, 5.30 pm
    Details to be announced
  • Interiors Event with InUnsion Design and Room & Board: 10/16/2010, 1 – 4 pm
    Details to be announced

Events are subject to change. Please check back.

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
  • 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