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

Passive House builder training opportunities with Emu in New England this autumn

One of the most important aspects of a successful Passive House build (or any quality build, for that matter) is an informed and capable crew. Part of Emu’s mission is to reach out to as many tradespeople as possible, and we’re working together with some fantastic local organizations to do just that in both Vermont… 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

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

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