Emu presents at South Pacific Passive House Conference 2017: “Cost effectiveness of retrofits in Italy to the EnerPHit standard”

Emu’s Chief Product Officer (and resident building science nerd), Enrico Bonilauri, was invited to present at the 2017 South Pacific Passive House Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. We’ll try to get the presentation up soon, but until then, here’s the abstract: Cost-effectiveness of retrofits in Italy to the EnerPHit standard: An ongoing energy retrofit project… Read More

Emu’s interview with the Insulation Institute: “For Better Homes, Is it Net Zero or Passive House?”

Our very own Enrico Bonilauri was recently interviewed for NAIMA (North American Insulation Manufacturers Association), the most recognized voice of the insulation industry on this side of the pond. Their mission is “to enable a more comfortable, energy efficient and sustainable future through insulation”, so we welcomed the opportunity to give our two cents on why… Read More

Passivhaus Trainer

We took part to the “Train the trainer” class, organised by the Passivhaus Institut of Darmstadt on the days following the 2016 edition of the International Passive House Conference.

The class is geared towards passive house experts, who intend to become teachers in the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant class (CPHD/CPHC) and in the Certified Tradesperson class. Read More

20th International Passive House Conference in Darmstadt

About ten days ago, we took part to the 20th International Passive House Conference in Darmstadt, Germany.

Now at its 20th edition, this passive house-focused event brings together researchers, designers, experts and manufacturers from all around the world. Read More

Darmstadt calling

This week we are busy in Darmstadt, Germany: Enrico just presented at the 20th International Passive House Conference, and he’s currently taking his class to become a certified trainer with the International Passivhaus Institut.

Stay tuned for our articles on the Conference, and about our training programme in Italy and Colorado. Read More

The window as a “solar panel”: light transmittance and solar factor g

With this article, we cover two very important aspects of glazings: light transmission and the solar heat gain coefficient.

These parameters are extremely important for performing buildings and passive houses, however they are often overlooked by both designers and window manufacturers. Read More

The glass edge thermal bridge: the PSIg value

We continue our series of articles on thermal efficiency of windows, describing the glass edge thermal bridge.

As far as thermal bridges go, this one is inevitable, and it represents the weakest point of a well designed thermal envelope. It needs to be analyzed carefully, in order to prevent condensation (or ice) to form on the edge of the glass, discomfort, and an overall drop in the performance of the window/door. Read More

Energy efficiency of windows: the Uf value

After covering thermal transmittance U and resistance R of opaque assemblies, and insulated glass, we now cover one of the most critical areas of the thermal envelope: window frames.

Good windows are the cornerstone of a performing building for both comfort and energy efficiency, specially if it is a passive house. Read More

Thermal transmittance of glass: the Ug value

Insulated glass units, IGU for short, have been around for a long time.

These elements are of primary importance for the energy balance of highly performing buildings and passive houses: that is why we dedicate this article to the thermal transmittance of insulated glass. Read More

FensterBau 2016 in Nuremberg

Last week we went to Nuremberg, Germany, for the 2016 edition of FensterBau, one of the most important expos worldwide for window production.

Target of the fair is the entire sector of windows and openings. The event is organized alongside the Holz-Handwerk expo, addressing wood carpentry in the broadest sense. Read More