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Hudson Star Observer Article

December 25th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

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The Hudson Star Observer followed up with Gary Konkol this week to see how he’s doing in the house without furnace. Read the entire article here.

I’d like to add that $25.25 of Dr. Konkol’s electricity bill goes to the service fees, which means the actual cost of electricity consumed in November was only about $35. It will be interesting to track this over a year and report back an average, since these winter months are going to be more energy intensive than the swing seasons and the summer. In addition, November was incredibly cloudy in the Town of Hudson, leading to very little energy production. And before I forget to mention it—the electricity bill is the only utility bill at the house, so the $35 included the entire energy purchase for heating, ventilation, hot water, and household electricity.


Star Tribune Article

December 14th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

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The Star Tribune printed an article today about this project: “Solar Powerhouse“.


Article in Remodeling Today Magazine

December 14th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

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12/2010: The Passive House in the Woods project is featured in Remodeling Today Magazine: “An Extreme Eco-Friendly Home”.


Article in Wisconsin State Journal

December 4th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

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The Wisconsin State Journal featured an article about the Passive House in the Woods in its December 2 issue. The article highlights Passive House design in general and uses this project as a specific example.


Thanks for visiting!

November 14th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

The 2010 Passive House Days are over and we are going to take a break from tours and site visits.

Tim Eian, Gary Konkol and the design team would like to thank you, the roughly 2,000 visitors that came and saw this home in the last 6 weeks or so.

I hope to have offered insight, knowledge, and excitement about the Passive House building energy standard. Going forward, I am going to collect actual data comparing the real-life performance of the Passive House in the Woods to the energy model. I will continue to feed this blog from time to time with information. You may also find more information on Passive House and my studio’s ongoing design work at

Thanks for visiting!

Tim Delhey Eian

Tim Eian in front of the Passive House in the Woods


Passive House Days this Weekend!

November 10th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

Join us during the 7th international Passive House Days on Friday through Sunday. We will open the house for public viewing from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Gary Konkol (owner) and Tim Eian (TE Studio) will be on site to answer your questions and demonstrate how the home functions with every day use. We look forward to seeing you in Hudson.

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On a related note, Eco Home Magazine just published an article on the Passive House Alliance in which this project is mentioned as well.


Project Published in New Book!

October 22nd, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

The Passive House in the Woods project is published in Mary James’ latest book called “Recreating the American Home”. You can find and purchase the book here.

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October 21st, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian logo

Richard Defendorf at put together a nice article on the Passive House in the Woods. Check it out at this link.


Passive House becomes a Home

October 20th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

Today marked the last official tour of the Passive House in the Woods. The house will finally become a home this weekend, and the homeowner will now have the opportunity to experience his Passive House in the Woods for the first time. We congratulate him and wish him all the best for a sustainable and healthy future. We’ll miss the trips to Hudson!

By the way, there is one more opportunity to see the home in November. For three days, we are participating in the International Passive House Days. You can find more detail in the left hand column.


Sustainable Shelter Exhibit

October 18th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

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The U of M’s Bell Museum in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Building Research invited us to participate in their latest exhibit, Sustainable Shelter—Dwelling within the Forces of Nature. The exhibit will show the many ways that animals and humans create shelter, and explain how shelters relate to the environment. Doors opened this past weekend and the exhibit will be on through May 15th. The grand opening is November 11. Find the CSBR’s press release at this link.



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