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Pioneer Press publishes Editorial on Passive House

In the latest weekend edition of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, it published an editorial on Passive House. Please click to read the complete article titled “A case for active government on passive houses”

My Comments: I agree that some light-handed legislation can help get standards like Passive House under way. Ultimately, I believe that Passive House produces enough return on investment to be attractive to building owners. One of the key aspects of Passive House is its future-proof design. I believe that it is not a matter of if we will see another energy crisis or price hike, but rather when it will happen. Passive House is the best standard available today to help insulate building owners from the impact of such developments. In cold climates, survivability is another important factor. I encourage anyone to shut off their heat for a brief period of time on a cold winter day and watch the rate at which the interior temperature drops. Ultimately, I think most people will agree that in freezing temperature, the building will freeze too. Passive Houses are built to retain energy. The rely on the sun for part of their heating load. As a result, they typically do not freeze, even when unoccupied and unheated—creating a highly survivable structure for its inhabitants.

I would also like to stress some other advantages of Passive House design

  • Health—due to improved interior environmental quality
  • Comfort—due to continuous air-exchange, reduced noise pollution, as well as warm interior surfaces, which reduce radiant heat-loss potential (make you comfortably warm in your building)
  • Durability—due to quality construction and quality control, as well as third party testing
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint—due to its low energy consumption, which makes the use of renewable energy sources very attainable

Passive House’s energy savings potential is somewhat underestimated at 60% in the article. For existing buildings, and those built to code, savings can be in excess of 90%. Passive House is estimated to use about 60% less energy than today’s Energy Star (and therefore LEED) standards, which are not yet commonly applied to new construction.

The article does not talk in depth about retrofit projects. The energy savings potential for older structures is incredible. And while it may not be feasible or doable to convert any existing buildig into a Passive House, a Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit can be applied to any structure, utilizing Passive House principles and materials, to achieve energy reductions of up to 70% or more.

Please contact TE Studio for more information on Passive House and Deep Energy Reduction Retrofits.

Passive House designer visits Eagle Bluff

Here is a link to a newspaper article on my visit at Eagle Bluff a couple of weeks ago. It came out today thanks to writer Mary Whalen. I had a great time at Eagle Bluff where I also experienced a high-ropes course for the first time. Let’s just say, I will be more confident at the next job-site visit.

Passive House Remodel on ABC


A Passive House remodel project in California made the news on ABC. Find the article and video at this link.

TE Studio & Appleseed House on TC Daily Planet

Twin Cities Daily Planet published an article on TE Studio and the Appleseed House project. You can read the entire article at this link.

Reactions to Passive House Talk

“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


 
“Hey, Tim.
Good job tonight! […]”


Samantha Strong, Metamorphosis Realty & Design/Build

 

“Tim,
I really enjoyed your presentation.  […] I got a good overall feeling for the intelligence behind the Passive House system.  […]”


David Washburn, Valcucine Kitchens

Upcoming Passive House talk in Roseville on 10/13/2008

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.

New Pages for Lectures and Passive House Metrics added to Blog

I added a page for lectures and talks to the navigation menu on the right hand side, under Pages. In addition I created a page that holds all the metrics regarding Passive House design, as well as some recommendations, opportunities and links to resources. I thought it may be helpful to have it all in one place.

Metro Hippie elaborates on Passive House

Josh Foss most recently posted a great article on Passive Houses on his Metro Hippie’s Green Design + Lifestyle blog. Check it out, watch his GreenPrints webisodes and pick up a stylish Metro Hippie T-Shirt while you are at it.