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Please Join Us For The 2013 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.
2012 International Passive House Days
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 look forward to seeing you.
The green roof on top of the garage has just been installed. I captured this image in the afternoon hours so it is a bit hard to make out the little plants with the shadows of the trees to the West obscuring the view. The early spring, warm temperatures and frequent rains should help it fill in quickly. This vegetated roof will be very pleasant to view during the ascent to the rooftop terrace, which was also partially planted.
On an unrelated note, I captured the image below of the shadows of the trees on the stucco of the West facade. I always liked how shadows animate the stucco facades and create an interesting visual interaction between the house and its natural surroundings.
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.
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.
The Passive House in the Woods project was published in a new book by Chris Uffelen called: “Passive Houses – energy efficient homes” that can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.
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 once again participating in the International Passive House Days event in November. This year marks the first anniversary of occupancy in the home and the 8th international event, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Passive House building energy standard.
Join us for two events this weekend to experience Passive House.
FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL
Minneapolis – The free, self-guided 16th Annual MRES Solar Tour Saturday, October 1, includes open houses at about 50 Minnesota homes, businesses and organizations that have solar and other renewable energy installations. Organized by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES), the tour includes open houses in the Twin Cities and several other Minnesota communities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the first time, this year the online guide to sites at www.MNSolarTour.org will list each site’s additional eco-friendly features. Besides the usual pictures, maps and details about alternative energy technologies for each site, the guide will list eco-friendly features such as urban chickens, electric cars, rainwater storage systems and the like. Tour guests must register at www.MNSolarTour.org to obtain addresses of the tour sites.
“The solar tour is popular with people who are thinking about purchasing some kind of renewable energy technology because it gives them a chance to see lots of systems and talk to lots of owners,” said Laura Cina, managing director of MRES. “The lists of other eco-friendly site features this year should draw even more people to the event.”
The owner, representatives from TE Studio, as well as representatives from Energy Concepts will be on site during the day to answer your questions.