About

Passive House Minnesota

We are a group of Minnesota-based Passive House professionals and practitioners who aim to educate about and promote the Passive House building energy standard. We are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

PHN

The Passive House Network (PHN), formerly known as NAPHN, is a high-performance building literacy program. We provide comprehensive, high-quality Passive House education to stakeholders across the building industry – from architects and engineers, to builders and developers, to regulators and policymakers. We demystify the impact of design and construction choices, form knowledge-sharing networks, raise expectations, and transform how professionals fundamentally think and work.

Passive House is widely recognized as the most powerful tool we have today to produce buildings that rise to meet our challenges, forming the cornerstone of climate mitigation and adaptation, public health, and equity impacts.

Read The PHN Difference, for a description of what makes us uniquely positioned in the US building industry.

Learn more at naphnetwork.org


International Passive House Association

Passive House Minnesota and the North American Passive House Network are members of the International Passive House Association (iPHA), a global network of Passive House stakeholders including architects, planners, scientists, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and property developers. iPHA works to promote the Passive House Standard and foster a greater public understanding of its significance. Encouraging the exchange of Passive House knowledge, iPHA communicates with the media, the general public and the entire range of construction professionals.

Learn more at passivehouse-international.org


History

Passive House Minnesota was founded by Tim Delhey Eian of TE Studio in 2008. Since then, it has supported the building standard in the state of Minnesota, its neighboring states and throughout North America.

Minnesota is home to North Americas’ first certified Passive House, the Waldsee BioHaus, designed by North American Passive House pioneer and registered Architect Stephan Tanner in 2005 and completed in 2006. It represents ground zero for the World’s leading building energy standard in North America.

BioHaus Sep08 South 3 Photos by Cal Rice_Key


Why Are There Two “Passive Houses” in the United States?

Many are confused about how or why PHI and PHIUS are both promoting  “Passive House” but do it separately.   NAPHN’s short description aims to help clarify the situation while answering some basic questions.
Read the document in PDF format here.