Sustainability Series – Passive House: The Economic and Environmental Solution for a Sustainable Future

12:00:00 - 13:00:00
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What makes a good building? Find the answer to this question in this lecture which illustrates the challenges of climate change, sustainable building, the renewable grid, human comfort, equity, cost, and the many other aspects that the Passive House building energy standard has successfully addressed for more than 30 years.

Tim Delhay Eian, Dipl.-Ing. (Architectural Engineer), Certified Passive House Consultant and Designer

You could say Tim was destined to have a career in architecture. At age three he followed the construction progress of his new family home in Germany with fascination. As a young teenager, he worked as an intern with his parents’ architect. Already realizing his life’s passion, he further prepared himself by mastering the foundations of woodworking in a carpentry apprenticeship, earning the title of Master Carpenter. He later graduated with honors, earning an architectural engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Tim has over twenty-five years of experience in both Germany and the U.S. Deeply influenced by exposure to stringent German environmental policies throughout his formative years, he has a strong conviction that protecting the earth for humankind is one of the key challenges of his generation.

With the desire to take residential design to a new level of sustainability, Tim founded TE Studio in 2008. The same year, he started designing the first certified Passive House in Wisconsin, which is also the first to offer plus-energy levels of performance in the country. Tim was a founding board member of the Passive House Alliance U.S. In 2008, he also founded Passive House Minnesota—now a chapter of the Passive House Network. Tim and his firm have been instrumental in educating and transforming how Minnesota owners, developers, municipalities, and building professionals think about high-performance buildings. He and his family live in Minneapolis’ first certified Passive House Plus.

About the DMC Sustainability Series

The DMC Sustainability Series is a monthly seminar sponsored by Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester. The purpose is to introduce sustainability concepts and best practices for everyone to consider. The series is held virtually the third Wednesday of every month at noon.