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Open House This Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

November 5th, 2014 by Tim Delhey Eian

Passive House in the Woods by TE Studio (entry)

We are once more participating in the annual 2014 International Passive House Days. See Wisconsin’s first certified Passive House, which to date is one of very few energy-positive homes in the country. Beyond its US and German Passive House certifications, the Passive House in the Woods received GreenStar Gold certification, as well as Green Builder’s 2011 Best Technical Achievement Award.

Open House November 8, from 10 AM to 2 PM
• Guided tour with designer Tim Eian at 10:15 AM
• Stay for Q&A and networking

908 Kirkwood Way North
Town of Hudson, WI 54016

• Passive House solar design
• Certified Passive House, PHIUS+ and GreenStar Gold
• Photovoltaic and solar thermal renewable energy systems
• Modern custom design, compact floorpan layout
• Sustainable and durable construction
• Rooftop terrace and green roof
• Green building materials
• Extensive gardening
• German-made Optiwin windows and motorized exterior sunshades
• Heat-recovery ventilation system with earthloop preheater
• Passionate design team and home owner

Project Overview


2013 Passive House Days

November 1st, 2013 by Tim Delhey Eian

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

Project Overview



MinnePHit HouseMinnePHit House, Brazelton Residence
The first certified Passive House retrofit (EnerPHit) in a cold-climate

Open November 9 from 2 to 4 PM

5605 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Project Overview



Passive House Farm

Northfield Passive House Farm

Open November 10 from 10:30 AM to Noon.

2713 Union Lake Trail
Northfield MN 55057Project Overview

Open House This Weekend

November 9th, 2012 by Tim Delhey Eian

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.


This Wisconsin Home is Minnesota GreenStar® Gold

May 3rd, 2012 by Tim Delhey Eian

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.


It’s a Net-Energy Positive Home

January 3rd, 2012 by Tim Delhey Eian

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 



Join us for the 2011 Passive House Days

November 10th, 2011 by Tim Delhey Eian


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.




MRES Solar Tour 2011 to include Passive House in the Woods

September 16th, 2011 by Tim Delhey Eian

MRES Solar Tour 2011 logo

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 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 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.



Save the Date

August 9th, 2011 by Tim Delhey Eian

The 8th international Passive House Days are coming up in November. Once again, the gracious homeowner of the Passive House in the Woods is allowing us to open it up to the public. Join us on November 11 and 13 for two distinctive events.

11/11/11: 6.30-9.00 pm: Friday Night Social: One year in the Passive House, a guided tour, meet the designers, and social gathering.

11/13/11: 10.45-Noon: Public Tour


Private Tour on July 8

June 18th, 2011 by Tim Eian

We are offering a private tour of the Passive House on July 8th. If you are interested to experience this home in person and would like to hear Tim Eian give you a personal tour, please send us an email or give us a call at 612-246-4670. RSVP only.


PHitW Experience Report Lecture this Week

April 18th, 2011 by Tim Delhey Eian

On Wednesday, I will share the stage with Gary Konkol to share our experience with the project as part of their EarthWeek event: 4/20/11;  10 – 11am; North Hennepin Community College. Link