A bird brained invitation, dealing with fame and ice, and Dirigo Maine – Emu’s July Newsletter

So much news to share!!!! Check out our July Newsletter for more info on: July 27th invitation to our Happy Hour co-hosted with Phoenix Haus. Our debut interview about standardization on the Art of Construction podcast. Crowdfunding the Ice Box Challenge at the next NAPHN conference. Registration open for Passive House builder training in Maine… Read More

Colorado’s first generation of PHI Certified Passive House Tradespeople are ready to build!

We’re pretty pumped. Our first class of Certified Passive House Tradespeople (CPHTs) has passed their exams and become officially accredited with the international Passive House Institute. Anyone in the Rocky Mountain area looking for local Passive House builders, can check any of the companies below who sent members of their staff to our CPHT course… Read More

Advanced Building Science Standardization to the Rescue – Emu’s interview on AOC Podcast

We’re almost famous. It’s kind of a big deal. Our interview on the Art of Construction podcast has gone live. If you can handle listening to Enrico and me stumble through the introductory questions about our favorite drinks and travel destinations (you would think that wouldn’t be so hard to answer), we do actually answer… Read More

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