Passive House

The Magic Box

Martin Holladay at 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

Current Passive House Articles

Treehugger just posted a short article about Passive House in the U.S. See it here. Meanwhile, offers an article on whether or not Passive House can revolutionize the way we build here.

Today: Lecture at Duluth EDC

Duluth Energy and Design Conference

I am lecturing twice today at the 20th annual Duluth Energy Design Conference and Expo.

Wednesday, 2/24/2010
Passive House: 10.30 am to 12 pm – French River room
DERR: 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm – Ballroom LM

Duluth Energy Design Conference & Expo

Passive House Lecture at the U of M

I’ll be lecturing on Passive House at the U of M again this year. Jim Lutz was kind enough to invite me back to the architecture and ecology class. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 6 – 11.15 to 12.30, in Rapson 100 at the School of Architecture.

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University of Minnesota – Rapson Hall
89 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Lecture at next BEC MN Meeting

I’ll be speaking about and taking questions regarding Passive House and Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit at this month’s Building Enclosure Council meeting.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 2/9/2010 from 4-6 pm.

For more info on the BEC, please visit their page: Building Enclosure Council – Minnesota Meeting

This is the venue:

AIA Minnesota
Board Room
International Market Square, Suite 54
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MNMN 55405
Phone 612.338.6763

Passive House Minnesota

Passive House Minnesota now has a website. Albeit with minimal content, but it’s there. We hope to expand on it in the near future with content from our first meeting this month. Going forward, this will be the place for information regarding Passive House in our region.

Passive House Minnesota, a strong lobby for a strong concept

This is the Passive House in the Woods

It’s been almost a year since we started work on the Passive House in the Woods. It’s about time that it makes an appearance on the blog. So without further ado, here is an image and a description.

Passive House in the Woods rendering

The Passive House in the Woods is a 1,900 square foot two-story single family home with walk-out basement level, and a rooftop terrace. It sits on just over one acre in the Town of Hudson, WI—minutes from interstate 94. Located on the outer edge of a residential development, the home overlooks the St. Croix river valley. The building lot provides stunning views Read more →

What is Passive House?

I recently edited this article and thought it’d be a good idea to put it back on the blog as an entry. This entry is permanently linked on the right hand side under pages.

Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary building energy standard focusing on superior energy efficiency and quality of life at low operating cost.

Passive House is the highest certified building energy standard in the world, with the promise of reducing the total energy consumption of buildings by up to 90%, while providing superior comfort and indoor environmental quality. When Read more →

Body Heat article on PH

Repost of an article about Passive House on

Event Alert: Passive House Minnesota Meeting Dec. 9

You are cordially invited to the first Passive House Minnesota meeting.

We are looking to found a local organization to support and promote the Passive House building energy standard. We are looking for planners, designers, engineers, builders, vendors, suppliers, educators, lobbyists, building geeks, and energy conservationists—basically professionals who would like to support and promote the Passive House building energy standard. Join us at the meeting and become a member of a strong lobby for a strong concept.

We’ll be meeting in suite 512 (AIA conference suite) at International Market Square in Minneapolis. (NOT in the AIA office)


  • 11.30 General introduction to the Passive House building energy standard (attendance optional)
  • 12:00 Break (Damicos is located in the courtyard of IMS)
  • 12.15 Welcome, general introductions, and introduction of the Passive House Alliance (PHA)
  • 12.30 Introduction of the Passive House Minnesota chapter: Goals, membership, target audience, and benefits
  • 12.45 Introduction of a potential committee structure for the chapter
  • 1.00 General Discussion
  • 1.30 Meeting schedule and agenda items for the next meeting
  • 1.45 Adjourn
  • Stick around for general networking or small discussion groups.

Please contact us if you would like to partake in this meeting:

Rp: Passivhaus Crosses the Atlantic

Repost of an article by Martin Holladay about his visit at the 4th North American Passive House Conference this past weekend in Urbana, IL: “Clearing away misconceptions will improve the dialogue between Passivhaus advocates and American builders”

In Defense of the Passive House Standard

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Article: In Defense of the Passive House Standard

A point-by-point clarification of why the Passive House Standard sets a worthy goal for North America by my colleagues, Marc Rosenbaum and David White.

This reposted article follows up with John Straube’s article, referenced in my last post.