Good Energy Haus

First Climate-neutral certified Passive House Plus in Minneapolis. Modern ultra-sustainable design.

We’d like to introduce you to ‘Good Energy Haus’— a truly carbon-neutral, urban certified Passive House Plus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Designed by Tim Delhey Eian, principal of TE Studio, the home was built in 2019-20 by Tanner Construction and serves as a beacon for sustainability, as well as a demonstration showcase for the design firm and its partners. ‘Good Energy Haus’ is a case study for modern, sustainable urban living.

Good Energy Haus First Floor Plan

Good Energy Haus features an open living area, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths on two floors and about 2,150 finished square feet. The garage serves as an overflow space for activities and storage in place of a basement. Both front and backyard feature generous covered outdoor areas for enjoyment, entertainment, projects and to keep snow and debris from the accessible, zero-step entries. The main floor is designed for aging-in-place.

Good Energy Haus Second Floor Plan

The Good Energy Haus is made possible by contributions from these project partners. Please learn more about them by visiting their websites.

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Project Details

  • Architecture: Tim Delhey Eian, TE Studio
  • Construction: Tanner Construction
  • Structural Engineering: Align
  • Certifications: Herz & Lang and DPIS
  • Project: 2018 – 2020
  • Photography: Gaffer Photography and TE Studio

Unique Project Features

  • Passive House Plus Certification
  • Super-insulated, airtight building envelope (0.22 ACH50)
  • Thermal bridge free detailing and construction
  • Passive House window frames with triple-pane glazing and exterior motorized blinds
  • Whole house, balanced, enthalpy heat recovery ventilation
  • Accessible design and visitability, zero-step entries
  • Use of durable earth and people friendly materials
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Air-to-air heat pump system for heating and cooling
  • Air-to-water domestic hot water system with continuously insulated pipes and waste water heat recovery
  • Sustainable landscaping and stormwater management with extensive rain gardens
  • Integrated level-2 vehicle charging
  • 12 kWp PV system on roof; grid-tied 100% wind-power