Day 2 – Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Case Studies

7:00–8:15
Passive House: Commercial Projects
Tim Eian, TE Studio, Ltd.
Gooseberry

This session illustrates the opportunities for Passive House on commercial projects. Follow four case studies and learn how the Passive House building energy standard affects project planning, design, and what changes are made to the building envelope and mechanical systems to achieve it. Furthermore, this session will highlight the differences in initial cost and life cycle cost, and provide insights into the energy conservation and CO2 reduction potential.

Intep & TE Studio designed the first certified Passive House in North America, as well as the first certified cold climate Passive House and the first certified cold climate Passive House retrofit (EnerPHit) in the world. Learn more at intep.com and testudio.com

8:30–10:00
Case Study: Wrenshall Residence—A Local Architect Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is
Elden Lindamood, Wagner Zaun Architecture
Gooseberry

Architect Elden Lindamood designs energy-efficient homes. Faced with tight budgets and the client’s emotional decisions that come with designing homes, he is frequently disappointed when design details or energy efficiency are sacrificed to reduce costs. Lindamood will talk about design, and what factors drive decisions during home design. He will relate that to his experience of designing and building a super-insulated home for himself and his partner. You’ll hear about the things he gave up in the face of budgetary constraints, the things he refused to bend on, and why he hates the word “payback.”

10:30–12:00
The Ecologists' House: Case Study of a Zero Net Energy Home in Duluth
Rachel Wagner, Wagner Zaun Architecture
Gooseberry

What does it take to achieve zero net energy in Duluth? This presentation dives into the motivation, the design and the outcome. Robust (but reasonable) design and occupant behavior led to net zero energy in the first year of operation. The levels of insulation and air tightness are well beyond code, but quite a bit short of Passive House standards. The 6.6 kW rooftop solar array is smaller than what is often featured in “net zero” homes. Mechanical systems are fairly conventional. The most unique feature is an attached solar greenhouse that contributes additional space heating and year-round growing space.

1:00–2:30
Passive House: Residential New Construction—The "Nordeast Nest”
Tim Eian, TE Studio, Ltd.
Gooseberry

The session showcases a residential new construction project—the Nordeast Nest—from planning through construction and completion. Learn about the design, assemblies, materials and systems, as well as the challenges and opportunities for an urban infill project to meet the Passive House standard on a budget in Minneapolis, MN.

TE Studio designed the first certified Passive House in Wisconsin and the first certified cold climate Passive House retrofit (EnerPHit) in the world. Learn more at testudio.com

3:00–4:30
The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
Terry Webster, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Patrick Shea, City of St. Cloud, MN
Fernando Nacionales, 133 Airlift Wing, MN Air National Guard
John Paulson, City of Hutchinson, MN
Gooseberry

The Clean Energy Community Award program honors Minnesota communities that have furthered the state’s clean energy goals through programs, policies, and technologies that encourage energy efficiency, conservation, and clean energy. The program recognizes efforts in the areas of planning, efficiency in public and private buildings, public infrastructure efficiency, transportation, and clean energy generation. In November 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, with support from 10 agencies and organizations, presented 5 Minnesota communities with achievement awards and 3 communities with planning awards. This presentation will describe the program, profile the winning applicants, and encourage communities to apply for the 2017 awards.

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Tim Eian

Tim Delhey Eian was born and raised in Germany. He is a master carpenter and an architectural engineer. Tim moved to Minneapolis in 2001. He is a certified Passive House consultant and designer. In 2008, Tim founded TE Studio and in 2010, he joint Stephan Tanner at Intep. Both companies pioneer high performance architecture in North America and are responsible for the continent's first certified Passive House, as well as firsts in Wisconsin and the Twin Cities among others.

Passive House: Commercial Projects
February 22, 2017 7:00‐8:15 a.m.

Passive House: Residential Retrofit (EnerPHit)
February 22, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

Passive House: Residential New Construction
February 22, 2017 1:00‐2:30 p.m.

Elden Lindamood

Elden grew up in Maryland, and is a graduate of North Dakota State University. He is a registered architect in the State of Minnesota. He has worked in the architectural field for 20 years, slaving away on residential, multi-family, and small commercial projects, while relentlessly beating the energy efficiency drum.

When not at work, Elden is an accomplished stained glass artist, a British car enthusiast, and a master of taking things apart.

Case Study: Wrenshall Residence ‐ A Local Architect Putting His Money Where His Mouth Is.
February 22, 2017 8:30‐10:00 a.m.

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Rachel Wagner

Rachel Wagner is co-owner of Wagner Zaun Architecture in Duluth, MN. She has a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis and she is a licensed architect in Wisconsin and a certified Passive House designer. Since 1996, Rachel has specialized in resource-efficient, ecological design for cold climates. She tries to make things better without making things worse.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge Part 1 of 4
February 21, 2017 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge Part 2 of 4
February 21, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge Part 3 of 4
February 21, 2017 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Beyond Code Programs that Give You and Your Customer the Edge Part 4 of 4
February 21, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

The Ecologists' House: Case Study of a Zero Net Energy Home in Duluth
February 22, 2017 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Terry Webster

Terry Webster is the Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. In his 11 years with the State he has been the project manager for several public engagement efforts including 7 years of the 5,000 sq. ft. Energy Exhibit in the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair, the publication of the 67-page Home Energy Guide, and many community events with partners such as CERTs, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, and several utility companies. As the project manager for the Clean Energy Community Award program, he is responsible for coordinating the effort to recognize the work of Minnesota Communities who are implementing programs, policies, and technologies that encourage energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy generation. Prior to working in the Department of Commerce, he was a communications consultant and a residential building contractor.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Patrick Shea

Patrick Shea is the Public Services Director for the City of St. Cloud and is responsible for the administration of the St. Cloud’s Public Utilities, Public Works, Engineering and Airport Departments. Position includes administrative, technical and supervisory work of professional staff with a commitment to continuous improvement and public service. Main focus includes oversight and management of operations and projects related to the Public Services Section. Daily activities include policy development, long-range planning, purchasing and budgeting, training and supervision.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Fernando Nacionales

Capt. Fernando Nacionales is the Deputy Base Civil Engineer and Energy Manager at the 133 Airlift Wing where he is responsible for planning and managing sustainment, repair and maintenance projects, and providing actionable recommendations to wing leadership in order to enhance the installation's sustainability posture. Prior to working full time at the 133rd, he was a reserve Navy Seabee and worked as a Principal Engineer at the Minnesota Department of Health where he oversaw plans and construction of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.

John Paulson

John Paulson is the Project/Environmental/Regulatory Manager for the City of Hutchinson. During his 10 years with the City he has been managing a variety of programs including MS4 Stormwater, Wastewater Pretreatment, Wellhead Protection, Energy Conservation, Sustainability and helped to develop and remains involved in the City’s Facilities Committee. John works directly with the public, contractors, elected officials, other local governments, and regulatory agencies to implement a variety of programs and projects. He is actively involved in various professional organization boards that include MCSC, CERTS, MESERB, and MECA. John’s passion for the outdoors enables him to experience firsthand the impacts that our daily lives have on the environment.

The Clean Energy Community Awards Program: Recognizing Community Efforts
February 22, 2017 3:00–4:30 p.m.