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 collecting feedback from participants in our 2018 Colorado and Montana courses, we upgraded 2019 workshop… Read More

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 from thermal discomfort, poor indoor air quality and health hazards (mold), all the way to… Read More

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 in Gaobeidian, China. We are honored to announce that not only did our paper get… Read More

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 is an assessment of air leaks as monitored via the pressurization of the whole building… Read More

Passive House Too Tight – Builder to Refund $5k in Damaged Testing Equipment

Notice: please read to the END of this article, and note the date. #thingswethoughtwedidnthavetoexplain 😉 Gally Tullagher, a builder in Red Lodge MT, was court ordered to refund $5k in damaged testing equipment to the company performing the blower door test — a procedure designed to measure air leaks in a building. “We set up… Read More

We’re Passive Pod people. Are you?

Meet the latest development in our hands-on Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) builder training class and workshop: The Emu Passive Pod Throughout our upcoming advanced CPHT course this Feb 19-23 in Denver, Colorado, student builders will apply their learning to the construction of a self-contained mini Passive House Pod. In keeping with the class learning… Read More

New to the construction industry? Start out on the right foot. #BuildPassive

Investing in advanced builder training is a smart move for both an individual looking to break into the industry, as well as for companies wanting to remain competitive and innovative. Learn more… Read More

Meet the newest Emu class of Passive House trained tradespeople.

We’d like to introduce you to an amazing group of professionals visiting us this week from all over North America for our 4-day course to become PHI Certified Passive House Tradespeople. We’re on the last day of class now, gearing up for the exam tomorrow morning. Topics covered in the course include: Passive House Basics… Read More

The results of the Emu Mockup naming competition at our last happy hour

In December, at another one of our rockin’ Passive House happy hours, we unveiled a rough prototype of a mockup (which we creatively called “The Box” at the time) to be used as part of the new hands-on workshop curriculum in our classes to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson. We decided to open up a naming competition for “The Box” to come up with some genius, clever name from the collective pool of intellectual prowess represented by the happy hour attendees. 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