Leadership Circle

Tim Delhey Eian, Founder
Dipl.-Ing. Arch. , Certified Passive House Designer (PHI)
Principal – TE Studio

Tim Eian is a German-born and trained architectural engineer with over seventeen years of professional experience in innovative high-performance designs. He is passionate about holistic design solutions that deliver on all aspects of sustainability. In addition, Tim is a master carpenter, graduate of the technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and one of the first professionals in North America to design a certified Passive House building.


Mike Woolsey
Certified Passive House Designer (PHI)
Business Development Manager – Swegon

Mike Woolsey began his career in the HVAC industry in 1985, while completing his BSME degree from Washington University in St. Louis, although his interest in building energy conservation was first inspired by the energy crisis of the 1970s. Currently specializing in applications, market management and business development, Mike has presented hundreds of seminars across North America and is currently serving as Business Development Manager in the Commercial Ventilation group of Swegon North America. Mike is also a member of ASHRAE.


Jarad Miles
Creative Marketing Consultant – Miles Media Lab
Energy Counselor – Center for Energy and Environment

Jarad Miles is an Energy Counselor for the Center for Energy and Environment’s Home Energy Squad program—consulting with homeowners about their energy goals in support of CEE’s Residential Programs. His role includes providing in-home energy analysis and education to homeowners as well as encouraging low/no-cost energy-saving measures and installing products to help reduce energy costs.

Jarad previously worked as a freelance writer-editor and media strategist for design-build firms focused on quality and sustainability in the high-performance building sector.

Jarad holds a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications from South Dakota State University.


Marcy Conrad Nutt
Registered Architect AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Architect – Alchemy

Marcy Conrad Nutt is a licensed architect in Minnesota with over sixteen years experience with many building types and scales. She believes that utilizing the scientific approach of Passive House is the best way to make smart conservation, health, and fiscal decisions for building projects.

She enjoys working collaboratively, brainstorming new ways to find common goals between different interests, and continues to learn and teach others how to build responsibly.

She is an architect with Alchemy in St. Paul, where the firm utilizes the prefabrication process to create smaller, smarter, tighter homes, and is currently studying to become a Passive House Designer.


Rolf Jacobson
Researcher, Designer and Consultant
University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research, Skandia Design, CertiPHiers

Rolf Jacobson is a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Mathematics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota (UMN). He is currently working towards a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Design at the College of Design at UMN. Prior to his position as a Research Fellow, Rolf worked at the CSBR as a Research Assistant for two years. Rolf has also worked for local architecture firms that specialize in sustainable design, and worked as a carpenter for area home builders. Some past projects at the CSBR include work on the CSBR Site and Building Carbon Calculator, comparative analysis for the Design Guidelines for Sustainable Housing report, which examined nineteen different rating systems and design guidelines from around the world, and analysis of energy use in two Washington County service centers, done as a component of a broader post occupancy evaluation report. Current projects include work on the Minnesota Sustainable Housing Initiative web site and database, and thesis research on the costs and energy performance of residential building envelopes. For the 2010-2011 academic year, Rolf won a Fulbright scholarship to continue his thesis research in Trondheim, Norway. There he will work in collaboration with the Center for Zero Emissions Buildings, investigating cold-climate residential envelopes.


Nicholas Krause
Charles Stinson Architects

Nicholas Krause is an intern architect with over five years of experience working in high-end residential firms in Chicago and Minnesota. He is drawn to Passive House for its rigorous, conservation-first, approach and the architectural opportunities it affords.

An avid birder and gardener, Nicholas holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is currently seeking licensure.


Peter Schmelzer
Registered Architect, LEED AP, CPHC (PHIUS)
Architect – Horty Elving

Peter Schmelzer is an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Skilled in Renovation, Comprehensive Planning, Sustainable Design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and Architectural Drawings, Peter is a strong program and project management professional with a Master’s Degree focused in Architecture from Iowa State University. Peter is a CPHC (PHIUS).


Janneke Schaap
Green Home Consultant

Janneke Schaap identifies with beautiful, holistic structures & sites that use resource efficiency as a creative design tool.

She has broad experience with environmental non-profit- & private, for-profit- structures, & a high degree of literacy in environmental sustainability in the built environment. Every project, every design, no question.

Janneke works to create positive change every day; she believes in human empowerment, social justice, and bicycles!


Tarek Alkatout
IT Manager PLM – Medtronic

Tarek Alkatout is a Passive House owner and dweller.