Good Energy Haus

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  • Building Type : Isolated or semi-detached house
  • Construction Year : 2019
  • Delivery year : 2020
  • Address 1 - street : 3406 Benjamin St. NE 55418 MINNEAPOLIS, USA
  • Climate zone : [Dfa] Humid Continental Hot Summer, Wet All Year

  • Net Floor Area : 205 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 560 000 €
  • Number of Dwelling : 1 Dwelling
  • Cost/m2 : 2731.71 €/m2

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Certifications :

  • Primary energy need
    15.79 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

First Climate-neutral certified Passive House Plus in Minneapolis.
Modern ultra-sustainable design. 

The ‘Good Energy Haus’ is a truly carbon-neutral, urban certified Passive House Plus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Designed by Tim Delhey Eian, principal of TE Studio, the home was built in 2019-20 by Tanner Construction and serves as a beacon for sustainability, as well as a demonstration showcase for the design firm and its partners.

‘Good Energy Haus’ is a case study for modern, sustainable urban living. It is a Certified Passive House Plus in US Climate Zone 6, and an insulated wood-frame construction with upcycled dense-pack cellulose insulation. It is powered by a photovoltaic system with 100% wind-electricity backup.



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Photo credit

Corey Gaffer Photography


Construction Manager



    Tanner Windows

    Stephan Tanner, stephan[a], Watertown, MN, USA

    Environmental consultancy

    Herz & Lang

    Raphaël Vibert, raphael.vibert[a], Weitnau, Germany

Contracting method

General Contractor

Type of market


If you had to do it again?

Slab on grade concrete pour was too uneven for polishing. Ended up having to pour self leveler and install cork flooring. Would use a specialized concrete contractor in future and/or set slab at lower elevation and utilize self-leveling overpour as standard. Open living area sound is lively. Would utilize more sound-absorbing materials in future.

Building users opinion

Comfort is tremendous on sunny, cold days. Like a higher set point on cloudy, cold days. Air quality is stellar (is monitored 24/7). Illumination is wonderful (lots of daylight = need very little artificial light).

Energy consumption

  • 15,79 kWhpe/m2.year
  • 47,34 kWhpe/m2.year
  • Other

    Heating: 8.3 kWh/ m2 aCooling: 3.5 kWh/ m2 aHot water: 10.2 kWh/ m2 aHousehold electricity 8.8 kWh/ m2 a

Envelope performance

  • 0,19 W.m-2.K-1
    5/8" (16mm) drywall
    7-1/4" (184mm) dense-pack cellulose insulation and 2x8 framing [0.039]
    1/2" (13mm) OSB sheathing
    9-1/2" (241mm) dense-pack cellulose insulation and I-Joists [0.039]
    1/2" (13mm) wood fiberboard sheathing [0.055]

    U = 0.101
    U-Wert = 0.095 W/(m2K)

    4" (102mm)polished concrete slab
    8" (153mm) EPS [0.039]
    U-Wert = 0.184 W/(m²K)

    Low sloped hot roof
    5/8" (16 mm) drywall
    5-1/2" (140mm) 457 service cavity
    18" (457mm) dense-pack cellulose and trusses [0.040]
    3/4" (19mm) plywood
    average 2-1/2" (64mm) polyisocyanurate tapered insulation [0.035]
    U-Wert = 0.079 W/(m2K)

    Tanner Windows, Lauda Premium
    Wood frame exterior aluminum cladding
    Tanner Lauda Premium frame: Uf = 0.81
    U w-Wert = 0.68 W/(m²K)

    Saint Gobin glazing: Ug = 0.53/ g = 0.545
    Swiss Spacer
    U g-Wert = 0.53 W/(m2K)
    g -Wert = 545 %

    Hella Raffstores, Loxone MiniServer automation
    ENTRY DOOR Tanner Windows Entry Door (= Tanner window)
    Local fire-protection doorU d-Wert = 0.8 W/(m2K)

  • 0,34
  • n50

  • 0,22
  • Shades are automated with an interior temperature sensor and a roof mounted weather station. They can be manually overriden by occupants with an app. 

More information

Energy monitoring started 12/ 2020 and is in process.

Real final energy consumption

    -7,87 kWhfe/m2.year


    • Heat pump
    • Heat pump
    • VRV Syst. (Variable refrigerant Volume)
    • Double flow heat exchanger
    • Solar photovoltaic
  • 100,00 %
  • Wastewater heat recovery unit

Smart Building

    Automated exterior shades

Urban environment

    Infill lot in Minneapolis, MN

  • 1 000,00 m2
  • 27,00 %

Indoor Air quality

    Monitoring with AirThings system.


    628 ppm

GHG emissions

  • -12,00 KgCO2/m2/year
  • PHPP

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

  • Certified Passive House Plus in US Climate Zone 6.
  • Inuslated wood-frame construction with upcycled dense-pack cellulose insulation.
  • Powered by photovoltaic system with 100% wind-electricity backup.


Building candidate in the category

Low Carbon

Low Carbon

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