Construction women unite at Denver’s Transportation Girls event.

Last week, Emu took part in an exciting event for women in the construction and transportation industries, the Transportation Girl Luncheon. Together with several other companies from our incredible co-working community, Tradecraft Industries, we sponsored a table at this luncheon and exhibit aimed at raising awareness about career paths for women in a traditionally male… 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

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

Passive House Days in Cavriago: a great success

On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, our construction site in Cavriago was open to the public for the International Passive House Days. On Friday 13th, the local Scuola Edile visited us for a class on energy efficiency. The event was a great success: the unexpected number of visitors (more than 100!) shows the great interest… Read More

International Passive House Days in Cavriago, Italy

The International Passive House Days are an event organized by the Passivhaus Institut, to publicize what a passive house is, and to let people “touch” the state of the art of construction in terms of comfort and energy efficiency.

This year, we take part to the event with our Cavriago project, where we are currently building two single-family passive houses: our construction site is going to be open to the public on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th. Read More

Discovering Colorado, the cradle of passive houses

A few weeks ago, for professional reasons we visited Denver, Boulder, Aspen and surrounding areas, in Colorado. At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in the hearth of the United States, this region saw some of the very first passive buildings being built in the world, thank to the Rocky Mountain Institute, founded in 1982… Read More

Our impressions from the 2015 Int’l Passivhaus Conference in Leipzig, Germany

A couple of weeks ago we went to Leipzig, Germany, to take part in the 19th International Passivhaus Conference, organized by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt. With approximately one thousand people attending from all over the world, this event marks the gathering of some of the AEC sector’s greatest experts on energy efficiency. The following are our impressions from the event… Read More

Living Future unConference 2015 Recap and REGENERATION Italy

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Living Future unConference in Seattle, Washington, USA, organized by the International Living Future Institute, the managing body for one of the most ambitious and visionary environmental building certifications available in the world – the Living Building Challenge. Two weeks later, I was again fortunate enough to attend the introduction of this certification here in Italy at the REGENERATION competition and conference hosted by Macro Design Studio in Rovereto, Italy. Here are my impressions from both events… Read More

Passive House Window Talks 2015

Last week Enrico took part in the 2015 Passive House Window Talks in Nova Lehota, Slovakia, a two-day event on the benefits of high-performance Passivhaus windows. It was organized by ProPassivhausFenster, a group of small European window manufacturers well known for their award-winning Smartwin windows, but it was far from the usual company-sponsored workshops designed to sell product. Architects and engineers gathered together to discuss and learn more about the technical specifications and the fundamental need for high-quality windows in everyday design. Read More

The blackout-proof home: Passive House with high time constant

Last week, our region (Emilia, Italy) was pounded with what locals are calling “The Big Snow”. With it came very tangible proof of just how fragile is our infrastructure, particularly our electrical grid. When my husband wrote this article, originally in Italian, FOUR DAYS after the February 6th Big Snow, more than 1000 homes in the province of Reggio Emilia alone were still without electricity, leaving 4,000 people to brave the cold, many without sufficient heating. How can we fix this problem? Read More