Multifamily Housing

We delight in crafting efficient, comfortable homes that improve occupant well-being and sense of place. Multifamily dwelling units are well-suited to cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades and Passive House certification, as the ratio of external building envelope (windows, walls, roof) to internal living area is lower than single family homes. 

Single Family Housing

The smaller scale and timeframe of this project type allows us to experiment with our process: getting lost in the woods exploring your site, creating a tactical design kit for you to explore initial layout concepts, and creating spaces that enable to live your ideal lifestyle. We love supporting families in their goals to live net-positive and more resilient lifestyles.


  ◦  Passive Carriage House, Minneapolis MN

  ◦  Manor Homes of Edina, Edina MN

  ◦  Hook & Ladder Apartments (Certified               Passive House Consultant to LHB),                   Minneapolis MN

  ◦  Millennial Farmhouse, Milaca MN

On a snowy February day, the Hook & Ladder team gathered to tour the construction progress of the building, which has been pre-certified as compliant with PHIUS+ 2015 standards. Read more about the project here. The project PHIUS+ Verifiers,  Lindsey from EcoAchievers...

Elizabeth was honored to present What to Expect when pursuing Passive House at the Twelfth Annual MN ASHRAE/AEE Energy Expo along with Chloe Bendistis of The Sheward Partnership. They shared two case studies of projects that had pursued PHIUS+ 2015 certification. Chloe...

Affordable housing is a critical need for thriving, sustainable communities, enabling all residents access to a safe and stable place to call home. While public funding for new affordable housing developments often requires enhanced sustainable design, such as Green Co...

Manor Homes of Edina is an established community of 144 condominium units grouped in 4- and 8-unit townhomes built in the early 1980s. The original architect's intent was for a cohesive neighborhood of traditional Tudor-style homes and detached garages. In the 1990's t...

After working together on the Passive House pre-certified Hook & Ladder project, a multifamily housing development in NE Minneapolis, Precipitate's Elizabeth Turner and Steen's own mechanical engineer John Hazucha spent a lunch hour sharing their experience w...


Cities, neighborhoods, and buildings all go through cycles of renewal and decay. This project proposes the development of mixed-use affordable housing and retail within vacant pockets of an established neighborhood. Community businesses, services, and in...

Hook & Ladder Apartments will provide 118 units of affordable housing in Northeast Minneapolis in two buildings, one of which is Passive House (PHIUS+ 2015) pre-certified, the other is standard affordable housing construction. Upgrades to the PHIUS building include enh...

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