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

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

What’s an insulation material?

With more and more people talking about building energy efficiency and passive houses, it has become more and more common to hear about insulation. In this article, we explain what an insulation material is, to try and shed some light on the topic, and bust some myths. The energy efficiency of a building, as well… Read More

Andrew Michler’s Passive House

During Enrico’s recent visit to Colorado, we finally had the chance to visit Andrew Michler’s passive house.

At about 2.000 m (6.400 ft), in the mountains near Fort Collins, Colorado, this building is capable of remaining comfortable even in case of a power outage, with an interior temperature of about 18°C (64°F) with no heating. Read More

Colorado: our work ties become permanent

With Mariana currently involved full time with Natural Capitalism Solutions and AE Building Systems, our professional ties with Colorado are now solid.

This allows us to have experience in highly efficient buildings on both sides of the Atlantic, with some initial interesting considerations. 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 visit to the Rocky Mountain Institute

During our recent trip to Colorado, we had the chance to visit the Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, founded in 1982 by Amory Lovins as a research institute in matters such as sustainability, energy, and efficient use of resources.

The original headquarters of the Institute, that has now become Lovins’ residence, is one of the first passive buildings ever built in the world. Read More