I will be lecturing at this year’s Better Buildings Better Business Wisconsin Conference. My topic is “Passive House in Cold Climates”, and the lecture is on Friday, March 13 from 12:45 until 3:45 pm.
Please join us for an opportunity to learn about and experience Passive House—the world’s most comfortable and energy effcient building standard. Two of our designs will be open to the public on November 8 and 9, 2014. Click for details. We look forward to seeing you.
Save the date! Friday, August 1st from 3–9. Come see our new office. Experience a deep energy reduction retrofit office building and chat with the experts.
Starting today, we are working out of our new offices at 901 23rd Avenue NE in Minneapolis, MN 55418. Please update your address book accordingly. Phone and email information remain the same. We look forward to welcoming you at our new location.
Come visit us this Saturday any time from 10-4 at The Passive House in the Woods. We are proud to be part of the EcoMetro Sustainable Living Tour.
Address: 908 Kirkwood Way North, Town of Hudson WI 54016.
Hope to see you there, we’d love to give you a tour!
The Passive House Farm in Northfield is coming along very nicely. Here is a photo I took at the recent International Passive House Days.
TE Studio is a co-founder and proud supporter of the local Passive House Alliance chapter. Please join us for an opportunity to learn about and experience Passive House—the World’s most comfortable and energy effcient building standard.
Three of our designs will be open to the public on November 9 and 10, 2013.
Passive House in the Woods, Konkol Residence
Wisconsin’s first certified Passive House; net-energy positive energy performance
Open November 9 from 9 to 11:30AM.
908 Kirkwood Way North
Town of Hudson, WI 54016
Open November 9 from 2 to 4 PM
5605 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Northfield Passive House Farm
Open November 10 from 10:30 AM to Noon.
The Passive House Farm in July 2013.
Our Passive House in the Woods is part of an article in today’s Wall Street Journal on zero energy homes. The article is called “Stealthy Green Homes“.
The MinnePHit House received the Passivhaus Institute’s EnerPHit certification—making it the first cold-climate retrofit they ever certified. We were fortunate to partner with the PHI on this pilot project, which leverages their brand new retrofit certification program. We are excited about this milestone, and the fact that EnerPHit works in US climate zone 6 for a home that is over 80 years old. The results are truly amazing.
I’ll be lecturing about the Passive House building energy standard at the University of Minnesota’s school of architecture on Tuesday, March 5. Details below.
Introduction to the Passive House Building Energy Standard
3/5/2013: 2.30 – 3.45 PM
Room 31 in the basement of the old wing of the architecture building.
I was invited to speak at this month’s Citizens For Community Resilience and Sustainability meeting in St. Anthony Village on Saturday, February 16th, at 3PM in the St. Anthony Village Community Center Council Chambers. My talk will center around high-performance new homes and retrofits—highlighting the potential and approach. The event is free and open to the public.
Recently we were interviewed by Remodeling Magazine about our EnerPHit project in South Minneapolis. This project is a pilot EnerPHit project our office designed. Certification is in progress with the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.
You can read the entire article here.
I discussed financing with my credit union. It seems the practical constraint is the value that the neighborhood can support.
TE Studio is a co-founder and proud supporter of the local Passive House Alliance chapter. This month we are involved in a couple of upcoming events. Please join us for an opportunity to learn about and experience Passive House—the World’s most comfortable and energy effcient building standard.
The Passive House in the Woods in Hudson, WI will be open to the public this Sunday, November 11th, from 10.45 AM to Noon for a tour with homeowner Gary Konkol and Passive House Designer Tim Eian. Tim will be offering insights into the performance of the home in its first two years of operation. 908 Kirkwood Way North, Hudson, WI 54016.
We were fortunate to be asked to display some of our work at the Das Haus Exhibit in Chicago, which is ongoing at the moment. Our colleague Mark Miller was kind enough to record the project posters in place on Daley Plaza with his phone. If you are in the area, make sure to check it out in person.
We’ll showcase some of them at this year’s annual North American Passive House Conference in Denver this week, as well.
Passive House Retrofits – The MinnePHit House
9/12/2012: 5 – 7.30 PM
TE Studio Office: 212 2nd St. SE #2222, Minneapolis, MN 55414
RSVP: Please use this link.
Lessons Learned From The Passive House In The Woods Project
9/29/2012: 8 – 10 AM
Marriot City Center, Denver, CO
The Passive House Alliance U.S. published a case study on the Passive House in the Woods project last week. You can find it at this link: http://www.phaus.org/learn/case-studies
In 2011, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center completed a Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit of its director’s residence—its oldest most energy inefficient building—with the help of TE Studio. The residence was originally built in 1973. It used to be heated with 17 cords of split, dried oak firewood. It was extremely leaky—during a home audit in 2007, it would not achieve 50 Pascals of pressure during the initial blower door test. It eventually achieved a 0.45 ACH50 reading.
We provided initial consulting and retrofit designs for this project, which was later executed with the help of many volunteers. The home was just recognized by ACI as the 9th in the country to meet the 1000 Home Challenge, and as the first project in Minnesota to do so.
Find the official letter of recognition from ACI below the break.
We finally got around to rendering a current project in rural Minnesota. This farmhouse replaces a family home and becomes the new hub on the property. It is designed to meet the Passive House standard and become net-zero or energy plus with the addition of a future PV system on the south-facing roof slope, as shown on the southwest corner rendering below.
In addition to the living spaces, this project includes a front porch, garage/workshop, and back porch.
Ground breaking is scheduled for late summer.
One of our early works was just awarded the Minnesota GreenStar Gold certification—representing their highest category for remodeled homes. The project consisted of building envelope upgrades and mechanical systems enhancements, as well as remodeling and adding with earth friendly practices and materials.
The Passive House in the Woods received the highest Minnesota GreenStar® certification (Gold) today. We are very excited to see the certification come through and congratulate the owner and all the team members involved in the design and construction on this achievement!
We used the Minnesota GreenStar® program to compliment the Passive House certification. It’s green markers helped track resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, water conservation, and reduced site and community impact, with the energy efficiency requirement being met and exceeded by the achievement of the Passive House certification.
Tim Delhey Eian will be lecturing on holistic design and the Passive House building energy standard on May 1, 2012 at 2.30 in room 31 in the basement of the old wing of the architecture building.
Want to learn about Passive House retrofitting? Tim Delhey Eian will be showcasing a recent Passive House retrofit project in the TwinCites—the MinnePHit house in a presentation on Saturday, May 5, at 2pm in Bay A at the 4-H Building; MN State Fair.
Thinking about building or remodeling a home, or want to know more about energy efficient technology to reduce your carbon footprint as well as your heating and cooling bills? Tim Eian has focused his architectural skills on incorporating the latest technology in energy efficient new and remodeled homes, which use a tiny fraction of most houses.
This presentation at the North Hennepin Community College highlights the “MinnePHit House” project in South Minneapolis—a deep energy reduction project that turns a 1935 house into a Passive House home.
Time: 10 – 11 AM
Location: North Hennepin Community College CLA 133
Richard Defendorf of GreenBuildingAvdisor.com put together a little follow up on the 1st year performance of the Passive House in the Woods project in Hudson, WI. You can read the entire article after the jump: Passive House in the Woods Goes Energy-Positive.
Green Builder Magazine surprised us today with a 2011 Best Technical Achievement of the Year Award for the Passive House in the Woods project. You can read their article online.
We moved our studio this month. You can now find us in the historic Saint Anthony Main Building on the riverfront in Minneapolis. Feel free to stop in if you are in the neighborhood. For your records, here is our new street address:
212 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone and email remain the same. We look forward to serving you from our new space.
Thanks for the applications. The current position at TE Studio has been filled.
This just in: The Passive House in the Woods in Hudson Wisconsin officially clocked a net-energy positive meter reading in 2011.
What does that mean?
In short, it made more energy than it consumed. While we predicted this with our energy models, we found and learned through monitoring that some equipment and appliances use more energy than assumed. On the flip side, user behavior plays a major role as well and can effectively lower energy consumption over the predicted model.
Starting the journey towards energy neutrality and beyond with a Passive House works really well, as the building is designed to provide a comfortable environment with very little energy input. The addition of carefully sized renewable sources, such as photovoltaic and solar thermal can then balance the remaining energy flow, or reverse it.
Passive House in the Woods by Corey Gaffer
We are looking for an Architect, designer and drafts person for a residential high-performance design firm. No minimum years of experience are required as long as our list of essential skills is met, and preferred skills are available to some extent. You will wear many hats, as this is a small but growing company. We have a huge passion for performance-based design and a holistic approach to sustainability. We are looking for partners in our mission to design better homes for the 21st century.
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Dear Clients, Friends, and Followers,
We have finally outgrown our old space and will be moving to our new office at St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis on February 1, 2012. We hope to welcome you soon in our new space and offer you leading-edge design and consulting services to bring your home project into the 21st century of performance.
Please make this change in your address book:
TE Studio, Ltd.
212 2nd St. SE, Suite 222
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Any other means of communication will remain the same. Happy New Year!