I was just alerted to Earth Hour, a WWF supported event that is coming up this Saturday. As a reader of my blog, you may want to participate and become part of Earth Hour.
You have successfully registered to turn out and take action for Earth Hour 2009. On March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time, you will join hundreds of millions of people around the world in making a bold statement about climate change. By turning off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, you will send a message that Americans care about this issue and stand with the rest of the world in finding solutions to the escalating climate crisis.
As a participant, there are several ways to ensure Earth Hour 2009 is a success. Earth Hour encourages individuals, educational institutions, organizations, businesses, and cities to sign up and participate. Spread the word by inviting them to join.
Take it a step further, and urge your elected officials to turn out the lights and take strong action to fight climate change.
One person committed to reducing energy consumption can make a difference, but millions working together can change the world. The Earth Hour Team will communicate with you to ensure you’re receiving up-to-date highlights and additional ways to make Earth Hour the most successful climate changing event in history.
Earth Hour 2009–WWF’s global climate change movement.
March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. Turn out. Take action.
Last Saturday, a group of people who are interested in Passive House gathered at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis to exchange thoughts, ask questions, and share visions. Fourteen guests joined host Tim Eian and special guest Stephan Tanner for a 2+ hour long event. The group was comprised of people who are interested in building a Passive House, educators, students and professionals.
Stephan and Tim shared the basics of Passive House design in a cold-climate. Stephan offered insight in some of the specific challenges of building the Biohaus in Bemidji, MN. He also covered many building design-related questions and talked about materials available in the U.S., while Tim answered questions about Passive House education through PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) and ongoing work in his practice.
A great part of the discussion focused on similarities and differences between “standard” construction and Passive House design. Stephan offered the comparison of the 150 mpg car. He pointed out that while standard design and construction practices can yield incrementally higher performance utilizing existing paradigms, Passive House in a cold climate offers a leapfrog approach with extreme performance. At the same time, Stephan cautioned of a much smaller margin of error as well as the requirement for great attention to detail in both planning and execution.
As a group, we decided to collect thoughts and ideas following this first meeting to develop a schedule and agenda for future events.
I invite you to send your comments and thoughts to help with this process.
The first Twin Cities Passive House Interest Group Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 10 AM to Noon at the Red Stag Supperclub at 509 1st Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Please RSVP by 2/14/2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Passive House Building Standard and PHPP Energy Modeling”
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 – 12.30 PM to 2 PM (presentation and panel discussion)
MN ASHRAE Sustainability Seminar – Energy Modeling
Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis, Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Betti Iwanski, The Energy Conservatory, (612) 827-1117
This week, I will be speaking at three events around the Twin Cities. Please note that only one of them is a public event. All events are listed on the Lectures & Talks Page (Link on the right side of this page). To view this week’s events, please click for more information below.
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I will be speaking at tonight’s Eco Tuesday meeting at Pizza Luce, downtown Minneapolis, at 7 PM. This is a Q & A style conversation about Passive House design.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – 6.30 PM to 9.00 PM
Pizza Luce Downtown Minneapolis
119 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Just a quick reminder that the 3rd Annual North American Passive House Conference is coming up November 7 through 9, 2008, in Duluth. Please find more information at this link.
“Once again, your talk was great. You drew the largest crowd we have ever had. It is a popular subject that people want to learn about, and they should, as this is extremely important for the planet. Thanks for doing such a great job of conveying the information to us.”
Oram Miller, CreateHealthyHomes.com
“[…] I’m even more intrigued by the Passive House approach based on new information I learned from your talk. You are an effective presenter. Again as I said last night I think you were in your element.”
J Chesnut, Studio 2030
Samantha Strong, Metamorphosis Realty & Design/Build
I really enjoyed your presentation. […] I got a good overall feeling for the intelligence behind the Passive House system. […]”
David Washburn, Valcucine Kitchens
I will be speaking at this month’s Mid-West Building Ecology Coalition meeting on Monday, October 13th, at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville (Northeast corner Hamline and County Road B, Community Meeting Room to the left as you enter the library. The library is one block south of Highway 36 on Hamline Road.)
The meeting starts at 6.30PM. My talk will focus on an introduction to the concept of Passive House design and the potential it holds.
The Mid-West Building Ecology Coalition is hosted by Oram Miller of Create Healthy Homes.
You may find other upcoming events on this page of my blog.