FEBRUARY 3, 2015 BY 

A hot topic indeed – over 60 participants filled the Creekside Cafe for last night’s Talking Green event on Passive House design!

Speakers Todd Collins of AE Building Systems (Denver) and Eric Lobeck of Workshop L (Steamboat) enlightened the group on the tightest building design in existence. The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

We also heard from Florian Speier of Zola Windows

Watch the talk (1:15) from our You Tube Channel: 

Download the Power Points here:
Todd and Erik’s Power Point
Florian’s Power Point 

View the preview article of this event here

Other inspiring Passive Houses and resources mentioned: 
Passive House in the Woods
Hudson Passive House Project
Cold Climate Housing Research Center

Todd Collins is “Passive House” trained and the founder of AE Building Systems: Products for High Performance Buildings. AE Building Systems supplies home and building owners, architects and builders with products, services and information necessary to achieve high performance building objectives and criteria including Passive House,LEED, RESNET/HERS, Energy Star, etc. Our passion is fueled by the desire to provide home and building owners comfortable, healthy and highly efficient places to live, work and play.

Erik Lobeck is a Certified Passive House Professional, Residential Designer, Energy Efficiency Nerd, and Building Science Professional located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He strives to design and construct intelligent residential buildings fusing modern design and efficiency with local flavor. He presides over “workshopL: Progressive Residential Design + Construction”

Florian Speier was born and raised in Dusseldorf, German and received his architectural training at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland and Columbia University in New York City. Florian brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to window design. Before founding Zola Windows, Florian had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of architectural projects, both large scale commercial buildings such as the Seattle Public Library and custom homes. His experience includes work at Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, SHoP Architects in New York, and Zeitgeist Design in San Francisco, a company that he founded. Florian is a LEED AP and a Certified Passive House Consultant. Florian lives with his wife and business partner, Jessica, and their daughter in beautiful Colorado.