Archive for June, 2010

Construction Tour Announcement

June 23rd, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

Enjoy the Tour

Due to popular demand we added another opportunity to see this amazing project on Thursday, July 1st at 2 pm.

Please RSVP to Amanda at Morr Construction:


Progress Report

June 15th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian
Passive House in the Woods entry facade

Entry facade on June 5

Passive House in the Woods living room with sheet rock

Living room with sheet rock

Passive House in the Woods kitchen and dining area

Kitchen and dining area with sheet rock (and Josh Crenshaw)

Passive House in the Woods master bedroom view

Master Bed Room window and view

The rough-in stage is now nearly complete. Sheet rock is going up all throughout—actual rooms are starting to emerge from the rough look that has become so familiar in recent weeks. With most mechanical systems completed or well under way, the end is now more in sight than ever. The last shop drawings are going through the review process now, allowing for construction of cabinets and exterior structures. The next few weeks are going to reveal the interior design package that Christine Frisk and Erin Heikkinen of InUnison Design have been working on, as well as the lighting scheme that Carol Chaffe of Chaffee Associates designed.


PHitW on Metro Hippie

June 15th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian

Metro Hippie Logo

Metro Hippie a.k.a. Josh Foss put up a blog post about his recent visit to the Passive House in the Woods project. You can find it at this link. Thanks Josh.


Article in the Pioneer Press

June 6th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian


The Pioneer Press published an article about the Passive House in the Woods: “Hudson, Wis. / House’s energy use puts it nearly off the grid”


First Blower Door Test successfully completed

June 6th, 2010 by Tim Delhey Eian
Blower Door Test Result

Blower Door Test Result: 93 CFM at 50 Pascal

Passive House in the Woods Blower Door

Blower door with duct blaster

Passive House in the Woods, Smoke Test

Testing for leaks with smoke

With the help of Gary Nelson of the Energy Conservatory in Minneapolis, we were able to conduct a first series of blower door tests. We pressurized and depressurized the building, and used a smoke generator to identify leaks. This was an amazing process and helped us gain a great deal of understanding for the little details that make a building air-tight. In the end, the building delivered an average of 0.36 ACH50. We are excited to have surpassed the Passive House requirement of 0.6 ACH50 during this preliminary test.