conservation applied research and development grant, 2021

Sustainable Consulting and Research Services

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In collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Buildings Research and Slipstream, Precipitate is a part of a team conducting research on Passive House-certified multifamily projects to understand the potential costs, energy and carbon savings, and market barriers to such projects. Our research is funded by a Conservation Applied Research Development (CARD) Grant. Our goal is to determine the suitability of multifamily Passive House Projects for a new utility Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) focused on high efficiency, whole-building energy performance.

So far our work been focused on Market Analysis and Energy Modeling. Abby write energy modeling paragraph here. 

To better understand the factors that support or challenge Passive House projects in MN interviews were conducted across the building, design, and construction community, including market-rate and affordable designers and developers, code officials, housing authorities, utilities, and builders. Through these interviews, we identified the obstacles to Passive House like perceived incremental cost, supply chain issues, training and educational needs, and potential code issues. These interviews took place from February to March 2022, since then we have begun synthesizing our findings into a report that we look forward to sharing. 


  • Center for Sustainable Building Research

  • Slipstream