Emu’s Pilot Program Update

A quick check in with our builder partners: Beartooth Passive House in Red Lodge, Montana As our first Pilot Project, we cannot speak highly enough of how wonderful the process of working with Beartooth has been. The house is now getting internal partitions and finishes, and the bulk of the Passive House envelope work has… 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 Podlympics I | And the winner is…

Last week we ran our accredited PHI course to become a Certified Passive House Tradesperson. Builders from all over the country joined us at our office in Arvada (Denver), Colorado, for five days of intense learning and growing. We’ve now had several alumni describe the experience as “drinking water from a firehose“, based on the… Read More

Passive Design/Build as the healthy and smart pathway to Net Zero.

As the construction industry pushes forward to solutions that are absolutely necessary for the future of sustainable life on this planet, there is an essential conversation that has to take place about the role of energy balance in the context of durability and resiliency. The short version is that Net Zero, as a goal on… 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

Emu Pilot Program Update

Meet the Rocky Mountain pioneers of our Passive Pilot Program: In our quest to preach Passive to the masses, we’ve been moving along on our plan to standardize building science for mainstream application. Our first Pilot Project will be completed this year, and we’ve already initiated data monitoring for moisture content. This will allow us… 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