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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.

PH Article on

A number of people recommended John Straube’s article on to me. I appreciate that PH is being discussed on and John’s in-depth assessment of PH in cold climate settings.

I thought I’d offer some perspective from my corner of the world (Minneapolis, MN = cold climate). Read more →

Passive House at the 2009 AIA-MN Convention

Passive House at the 2009 AIA-MN Convention
November 11, 2009;  Time: 8.30AM
2009 AIA-MN Convention


Minneapolis Convention Center, exact location t.b.a.

List of Certified Passive House (TM) Consultants in the US now online

PHIUS published a list of all Certified Passive House (TM) Consultants in the U.S. through Google. Please find the list at this link.

You may also find a link to it on PHIUS’ links page at:

Thanks for attending my GbD lecture/slideshow

Thanks for attending my lecture at the Green by Design conference. It was a fabulous event and many great ideas were shared. In the spirit of the conference I am offering my slideshow for review at slideshare:

Since most of my slideshows don’t have a lot of text or bullet points, you may want to look at the Living Green Expo slideshow, which was designed to run without my presentation and offers lots of frequently asked questions and answers.

Case Study, Urban Passive House

urban Passive House birdseye 1In my spare time 😉 I’ve been working on a design for an urban Passive House. The design is meant to fit a standard size east-west facing lot. The floorplan offers a first-floor bedroom and bath, as well as an open kitchen, living, and dining area. The second floor offers a flexible layout that can be configured to hold up to 3 bed rooms, 1 bath, and a common room. This urban Passive House works either with or without a basement. Depending on the configuration, it offers between 1,675 and 2,475 usable square feet.

The roof is designed to hold solar-thermal panels that face due south at a 55 degree angle. It also offers plenty of south-facing real estate for PV panels. Ultimately, this Passive House is designed to become a net-energy positive building, e.g. it makes more energy than it consumes and pays its inhabitants by selling excess energy to the grid.urban Passive House birdseye 2

The garage building mimics the main building’s roofline. The main body of the house would be stucco, the gable-ends lap-siding. The roofing is standing-seam metal. The trellis on the south-facade shades the windows below in the summer months. It offers the potential to grow vines on it. Additional solar panels could be located on top of the trellis if so desired.

urban Passive House entry elevationIt’s a work in progress fresh off of the virtual drafting table.

Tim on Youtube

I think this has been up for a while as it was recorded almost a year ago. I was just alerted to it by a potential client.
Thanks to Bill Karges for inviting me into his house and to talk about Passive House building energy standard.

Save the date: 4th PH Conference

PHIUS LogoThe 4th Annual North American Passive House Conference will be held on October 16-18 in Urbana, IL.

For more information, please visit PHIUS’ news and events page.

Thanks for visiting the TE Studio booth

Thanks to all that visited the TE Studio booth at the Living Green Expo! We had a great time and enjoyed talking with all of you about Passive House and Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit. We look forward to working with some of you to  maximize your investment and minimize its impact on the environment.
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Free Event Reminder: Living Green Expo this weekend

TE Studio at the Living Green Expo
May 2-3, 2009: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Minnesota State Fair Grounds (Saint Paul)
Booth J-6

We’ll be showcasing Passive House building energy standard and the Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit concept. We look forward to meeting with you.

Tim Eian confirmed as speaker at Green by Design Conference

Passive House Certified Building Energy Standard
Thursday, June 11, 2009: Time t.b.a.
Minnesota Green Communities
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The Depot – Minneapolis
225 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Call 612.375.1700

First Twin Cities Passive House Interest Group Meeting

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

Directions to the Red Stag Supperclub