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

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 House Too Tight – Builder to Refund $5k in Damaged Testing Equipment

Notice: please read to the END of this article, and note the date. #thingswethoughtwedidnthavetoexplain 😉 Gally Tullagher, a builder in Red Lodge MT, was court ordered to refund $5k in damaged testing equipment to the company performing the blower door test — a procedure designed to measure air leaks in a building. “We set up… 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

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

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

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