2012 International Passive House Days

November 9, 2012

The 2012 International Passive House Days are happening this weekend, November 9 – 11th. Locally, the Passive House in the Woods project in Hudson, WI, will be open to the public on Sunday, November 11th from 10.45 AM. You will have the opportunity to learn about the performance of this Passive House in its first 2 years of operation, and meet the owner to get first-hand feedback. Click to learn more about this event and find the official Passive House Days announcement below.



7th Annual Passive House Conference

October 1, 2012

A strong contingent of Minnesota professionals traveled to Denver, CO for an exciting weekend of lectures and learning Sept. 27-29.  The conference started with an inspirational look at our passive house history by Building Science Corporation’s Joseph Lstiburek.  In closing Dr. Lstiburek addressed the attendee’s as “family”, further solidifying the new partnership between the Building Science Corporation and the Passive House Institute United States.

The exiting news didn’t stop there as Katrin Klingenburg announced another partnership with the United States Department of Energy.  Starting today, getting certified as a Passive House (through PHIUS+) simultaneously gets the DOE Challenge Home label and the Energy Star label.  This endorsement of PHIUS+ passive house certification by the DOE instantly makes passive house the most energy efficient option for builders, designers and developers who want to achieve a zero energy building.  Read more about it here.

Finally, the weekend finished with a speech by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute.  He spoke of changing our future, working towards a fossil fuel free country by 2050.  You too can be inspired to “make energy do our work, instead of working our undoing”  by watching his TED talk here.

It was a great weekend and we hope to continue the momentum built in Denver locally.  Please be sure to join us October 10th as Nancy Schultz presents her Eco Home, a certified Passive House.  Register by visiting the national calendar.


Passive House Alliance Minneapolis-St. Paul Fall Lecture Series

August 20, 2012

The Passive House Alliance Minneapolis-St. Paul (PHAMSP) is conducting a fall lecture series on the Passive House building energy standard and its implementation.  Lectures will range from the overall fundamentals of Passive House (PH) design to in-depth analysis of PH techniques, details, and verification. This series offers an opportunity to speak with PH practitioners and PH owners to gain first-hand insight into the world’s leading building energy standard and its potential in the US

Wednesday, September 12, 5pm – Tim Eian, Passive House Retrofits – Minnephit House

MinnPhit House   TE Studio

A case study and designer perspective on residential Passive House retrofitting.

Wednesday, October 10, 5pm – Nancy Schultz, Isabella Eco-Home – An Experiment Station

Compass Rose, Inc.  Isabella Experiment Station

A case study and homeowner perspective on owning a cutting-edge building, which also serves as a lab.

Wednesday, November 14, 5pm – Gary Nelson, Air Tightness and its Importance for High-Performance Buildings

Energy Conservatory

Location – TE Studio/ Integrated Planning Office: 212 2nd St. SE #222, Minneapolis, MN 55414

  • Parking is available in the surface parking lot off of 2nd St. SE for $1.75 flat fee, or in the St. Anthony Main ramp for $2.50
  • Metro Transit bus lines to Central Ave & 2nd St. SE:  10, 17, 25, 59, 260, 261, 270, 825
  • Bike racks available

Enter the historic St. Anthony Main Building on the left of the two entrances off of 2nd St. SE, take the stairs one flight down. Suite 222 is located just to the right of the stairs.


5pm – 5:15pm – Sign In

5:15pm – 5:45pm – Intro to PHAMSP and PH Principles

5:45pm – 6:30pm - Lecture

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Q&A/Networking

Light snacks and beverages will be provided, $10 suggested donation at the door or pay online.

Please RSVP at here, scroll down to the event title and click REGISTER.

See you there!


Local Passive House Lectures in May

April 28, 2012

Passive House and Holistic Design

Lecture at the University of Minnesota

U of M logo

Tim Delhey Eian of the Minneapolis based design firm TE Studio 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.


Passive House Retrofit

2012 Living Green Expo Workshop

Want to learn about Passive House retrofitting? Tim Delhey Eian of the Minneapolis based design firm TE Studio will be showcasing the first Passive House retrofit project in the TwinCites (and one of the first in the country)—the MinnePHit House in a presentation on Saturday, May 5, at 2 PM in Bay A at the 4-H Building at the MN State Fair.

MinnePHit House during construction



Passive House Alliance launches New Website

January 12, 2012






The Passive House Alliance US recently launched a new website.


Fall Social Hour

September 25, 2011

Join us at Common Roots Cafe on September 29, 2011 from 5:30-7:30pm to mingle with passionate members of the local Passive House community. We will briefly discuss what the local group has been up to this year and what challenges lie ahead.

This will be a cash event, food and drink not provided.
Once there please proceed to the Common Room.

Please RSVP using this link.


First Passive House Designer Exam in Minneapolis

April 10, 2011

Yesterday, Passive House Alliance MN supported the first Passive House Designer exam in Minneapolis. 6 candidates took the exam to become certified.


Passive House Podcast

April 7, 2011

Michael Huber interviewed Jay Wiederholt, the current president of the Passive House Alliance Minnesota about the Passive House building energy standard. You can find the complete podcast here.


PHIUS at conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI

February 22, 2011

PHIUS will lecture at Better Buildings, Better Business conference in  Wisconsin Dells, March 2-4/2011. Click here for details.


RESNET enters into Strategic Partnership with the Passive House Institute US

February 22, 2011


RESNET posted this on their blog a few days ago.

RESNET and the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) have entered into an agreement that synchronizes standards, modeling, quality assurance and quality control for low energy homes and buildings.

The agreement provides for:

  • PHIUS to become an affiliate member of RESNET
  • PHIUS will adopt the RESNET HERS Index – the minimum requirement for this would be that PHIUS would use the RESNET HERS Index as a template to assign an Index Score to its certified buildings.
  • PHIUS will adopt rating standards and procedures that harmonize with the RESNET provisions for Certified Passive House Project certification, quality assurance, codes of ethics and standards of practice
  • PHIUS will work with RESNET in adopting a uniform calculation of carbon savings from improving a building’s energy performance.

PHIUS is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization working to further the implementation of Passive House standards and techniques nationwide by:

  • Constructing, measuring, and verifying performance of Passive Houses in all US climate zones
  • Conducting nationwide training and certification of Passive House Consultants
  • Contributing to the development of minimized mechanical systems for heating, cooling, and dehumidification
  • Creating design guidelines for Passive Houses in all climate zones

PHIUS has been authorized by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany as the official certifier of passive houses in the U.S.  For more information click on Passive House Institute US. Passivehous is a growing movement in Europe and recognized by such organizations as the International Energy Agency, Steve Baden, Executive Director of RESNET commented on the agreement,  “This is an important agreement for both organizations, and promises to help the building industry meet the fast-growing need for low energy building design, testing and modeling.”

“We’ve seen awareness and acceptance of the Passive House Building and Energy Standard grow dramatically in the United States. By harmonizing standards with RESNET—one of the most respected standards organizations in the country—we expect Passive House to vault into the mainstream, where it belongs,” said Katrin Klingenberg, founder and Executive Director of PHIUS.

For more information about PHIUS and how the agreement with RESNET affects quality assurance and quality control for the Passive House building energy standard, email your questions and contact information to: info@passivehouse.us.