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

Emu is proud to announce the launch of the Red Lodge Passive House pilot project!

The Red Lodge Passive House, slated for ground breaking in Spring 2018, will be located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana. Both Beartooth and Love Schack share our vision of how the Passive House standard can influence the future of the construction industry, and we have been lucky to find an opportunity to collaborate with them on an intimate project that can have big impact. Read More

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

Emu Systems and Phoenix Haus, ruffling the feathers of the construction industry.

Since February, Emu has been working out of a new office in Tradecraft Industries, a co-working space for the construction industry in Denver, Colorado. Recently, we’ve gained a few new neighbors with like-minded objectives. One of these is the prefab panel manufacturer, Phoenix Haus, based out of Detroit. To celebrate the two companies decided to throw… 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

Energy Efficiency: the importance of site supervision

On our Facebook page, we are regularly publishing images from our Cavriago construction site, where we are building two Passive Houses. With this article, we would like to show just two examples of the many construction errors can occur during the scope of the works, proving that careful site supervision is necessary to meet a high level of quality and efficiency. Read More

The potential benefit of an early ‘Blower Door Test’.

In December we ran a ‘Type B’ Blower Door Test on our CasaClima Class A project, “Conte Re”, under construction near Albinea (in the province of Reggio Emilia, Italy). Many of our colleagues wondered why we decided to run the test so early in the construction process. Here is a brief overview of the benefits… Read More

A Disastrous Case Study: How Replacing Windows Alone Can Lead to Mold

In our previous articles, we have cautioned that an energy retrofit should be approached with an integrated, whole-building approach, and by a professional with experience in calculating and simulating thermal envelopes. The photos below show what happened to one family’s home when they decided to do an independent partial energy retrofit, without consulting a qualified professional. In this case, they decided to replace the old windows of their house with newer, high performance windows, hoping that they would be able to reduce their energy consumption. Read More