Imagine only needing a hair dryer or a few candles to heat a building in Minnesota! This is the Passive House approach which uses simple, low-tech solutions like super-insulation, rigorous air sealing, and high-performance windows to reduce a building’s total source energy consumption by 90%. Over 20,000 Passive House buildings have been built worldwide and the Bagley Classroom at UMD follows this standard.
Several Passive House buildings in Minnesota will be open for the International Passive House Day tours. See the link below for a database of projects. The UMD Bagley Classroom at 703 Oakland Circle in Duluth will be open for free tours every hour between 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Nov. 13.