The Passive House in the Woods will be open for a Construction Tour on 5/21/2010. We’ll have two tours that day. The first one is scheduled for 1.30 pm, the second one for 3.30 pm. If you are interested to see this high-performance building in person, please RSVP by 5/18 to Amanda at Morr Construction: firstname.lastname@example.org
We greatly appreciate all the wonderful conversations you brought to us at the Living Green Expo. We talked about Passive House for residential and commercial applications, proper site placement of buildings, sustainable building design in general, ventilation systems and indoor air-quality, lifecycle cost, quality construction, insulation, and so much more. We appreciate all your positive feedback about what we do and look forward to another year of extremely energy efficient building design until next year’s Expo.
We are in booth U21E on the upper floor of the Living Green Expo this weekend. We’ve had lots of enjoyable conversations about Passive House and energy-efficient building design. Come join us—it’s free!
Grandstand, MN State Fairgrounds
Tomorrow Sunday, we’ll be there from 10 until 5pm.
Join us and over 2oo exhibitors at this year’s free Living Green Expo on Saturday, May 1, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, May 2, from 10 am to 5 pm.
We are in booth U21 on the second floor across from the Main Workshop Stage (and next to French Meadow Bakery). Find us to talk about Passive House and Deep Energy Reduction Retrofitting, as well as the Passive House in the Woods project.
We’ll also be giving a Passive House workshop at 3 pm on Saturday, May 1. See you at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds Grandstand.
We’ve been invited to spend a day with community leaders in Montevideo, MN to introduce Passive House, and discuss its potential for affordable housing and other projects in this Minnesota community. Thanks to Pat Moore of CURE and Kevin Hein for the invitation.
I’ll be talking about Passive House and Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit at the Duluth Energy Design Conference on Wednesday, 2/24/2010
The Passive House talk starts at 10.30, the Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit talk at 1.00 pm.
Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center
Click on this link to contact the organizers about attending the event.
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)
Please contact us if you would like to partake in this meeting: email@example.com
The Passive House Standard: What it is and Why it Matters
Converge Emerge, 75th Annual AIA Minnesota Convention & Exposition
November 11, 2009; Time: 8.30AM
2009 AIA-MN Convention
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 211B
I will be giving this lecture with Stephan Tanner. You can find him at http://www.theperfectbuilding.com/
Linden Hills Power & Light was kind enough to invite me to lecture on Passive House and Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit in August. Here is an excerpt from their program:
Aug 25 –We Love Retro
Join our architect specialist to learn the ins and outs of deeply retrofitting old homes. A Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit (DERR) project will cut 70% or more of the energy use of buildings. You’ll also learn about the Passive House building energy standard. Passive House represents today’s highest certified building energy standard, with the promise of reducing the total energy consumption of buildings by up to 90% while providing superior comfort and indoor environmental quality – all at little or no additional up front cost. When combined with renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaic or solar thermal, Passive House puts true zero energy buildings and carbon neutrality within reach.
Here are the details:
Passive House Certified Building Energy Standard & Deep Energy Reduction Retrofit
Tuesday, August 25, 2009: Time 7.00PM
free to LHP+L members, non-members: $5 donation
2720 W 43rd St, Suite 101
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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: http://www.slideshare.net/timeian
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.
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.
I was just alerted to Earth Hour, a WWF supported event that is coming up this Saturday. As a reader of my blog, you may want to participate and become part of Earth Hour.
You have successfully registered to turn out and take action for Earth Hour 2009. On March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time, you will join hundreds of millions of people around the world in making a bold statement about climate change. By turning off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, you will send a message that Americans care about this issue and stand with the rest of the world in finding solutions to the escalating climate crisis.
As a participant, there are several ways to ensure Earth Hour 2009 is a success. Earth Hour encourages individuals, educational institutions, organizations, businesses, and cities to sign up and participate. Spread the word by inviting them to join.
Take it a step further, and urge your elected officials to turn out the lights and take strong action to fight climate change.
One person committed to reducing energy consumption can make a difference, but millions working together can change the world. The Earth Hour Team will communicate with you to ensure you’re receiving up-to-date highlights and additional ways to make Earth Hour the most successful climate changing event in history.
Earth Hour 2009–WWF’s global climate change movement.
March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. Turn out. Take action.
Last Saturday, a group of people who are interested in Passive House gathered at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis to exchange thoughts, ask questions, and share visions. Fourteen guests joined host Tim Eian and special guest Stephan Tanner for a 2+ hour long event. The group was comprised of people who are interested in building a Passive House, educators, students and professionals.
Stephan and Tim shared the basics of Passive House design in a cold-climate. Stephan offered insight in some of the specific challenges of building the Biohaus in Bemidji, MN. He also covered many building design-related questions and talked about materials available in the U.S., while Tim answered questions about Passive House education through PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) and ongoing work in his practice.
A great part of the discussion focused on similarities and differences between “standard” construction and Passive House design. Stephan offered the comparison of the 150 mpg car. He pointed out that while standard design and construction practices can yield incrementally higher performance utilizing existing paradigms, Passive House in a cold climate offers a leapfrog approach with extreme performance. At the same time, Stephan cautioned of a much smaller margin of error as well as the requirement for great attention to detail in both planning and execution.
As a group, we decided to collect thoughts and ideas following this first meeting to develop a schedule and agenda for future events.
I invite you to send your comments and thoughts to help with this process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Passive House Building Standard and PHPP Energy Modeling”
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 – 12.30 PM to 2 PM (presentation and panel discussion)
MN ASHRAE Sustainability Seminar – Energy Modeling
Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis, Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Betti Iwanski, The Energy Conservatory, (612) 827-1117
This week, I will be speaking at three events around the Twin Cities. Please note that only one of them is a public event. All events are listed on the Lectures & Talks Page (Link on the right side of this page). To view this week’s events, please click for more information below.
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I will be speaking at tonight’s Eco Tuesday meeting at Pizza Luce, downtown Minneapolis, at 7 PM. This is a Q & A style conversation about Passive House design.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – 6.30 PM to 9.00 PM
Pizza Luce Downtown Minneapolis
119 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Just a quick reminder that the 3rd Annual North American Passive House Conference is coming up November 7 through 9, 2008, in Duluth. Please find more information at this link.
“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
Samantha Strong, Metamorphosis Realty & Design/Build
I really enjoyed your presentation. […] I got a good overall feeling for the intelligence behind the Passive House system. […]”
David Washburn, Valcucine Kitchens
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.
TE Studio is about to launch. We are now days away from the launch of your one-stop-shop for beautiful, resource-efficient building design. The boffins are working hard to put together the website that will eventually encompass this blog as well.