Blog Archives

Below is a running list of all articles that have appeared on our English blog, ordered chronologically with the most recent first.

Emu’s COVID-19 Message

As of April 1, 2020. We are a small business ourselves, so curve balls like this one can be hard to flatten. At the same time, we are a scrappy and creative bunch here at Emu, so we have been…

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Denver City Council approves Green Code and lists Passive House certification as compliance path

We are pleased to share some exciting news from our home city – Denver, Colorado. In the City’s efforts to push forward its 80×50 Climate Action Plan, and with the goal of Net Zero new construction by 2035, City Council…

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Highlights from the 2019 International Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian, China

How is Passive House growing and evolving outside the US? Enrico reported to the PHRM/NAPHN regional call on the state of the PH-sphere with regards to policies, projects, products and training in different continents around the world. With this being…

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Today marks a milestone in American Passive House Professional Training

We are pleased to announce that today, PHI accreditation exams for Passive House construction professionals are being conducted simultaneously in Denver, Minneapolis, and Oakland. Through Emu’s partnerships with excellent host organizations like the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN), Home…

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Emu’s Pilot Program Update

A quick check in with our builder partners: Beartooth Passive House in Red Lodge, Montana As our first Pilot Project, we cannot speak highly enough of how wonderful the process of working with Beartooth has been. The house is now…

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Teaching the Way: the Shining Mountain Waldorf School Students Put Passive House to the Test

This is the story of a lucky, very timely coincidence. Back in February 2018, as part of our curriculum development for North American Passive House training, Emu Systems added a hands-on workshop to the  Certified Passive House Tradesperson course. After…

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A #BuildPassive Message for Mainstream America

As Passive House specialists, we often get chunked into a niche of the construction industry usually reserved for extreme “greenies” and mad scientists. However, it’s interesting to see how mainstream America is having many of the same conversations we are…

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Construction Moisture Management: Catch Up or Lawyer Up

Moisture in buildings has become increasingly worrisome for construction professionals in recent years. American buildings are subject to a wide variety of defects related to water in its different forms – liquid, vapor and sometimes snow and ice. These range…

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Emu’s Passive Pod CPHT Workshop to be presented in China.

With a desire to share lessons learned from the process we’ve been going through over the past couple years in offering advanced builder training in North America, we submitted a paper for the International Passive House Conference, scheduled for September…

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Beartooth Passive House nails Blower Door Test at 0.16-0.19 ACH50 on first try.

With U.S. building codes now starting to address air tightness with respect to energy efficiency, many builders find themselves struggling to meet the defined ACH50 values (air changes per hour at 50 Pascal) required by their local codes. This measurement…

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