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Some of Thorsten's talks have been recorded and made available online. We are working on more educational videos that explain some of the systems we have developed and now utilize. Disclaimer: Lots of rambling, view at your own risk.

Sustainable Building and Community Design Course

Lecture by Thorsten Chlupp, Runtime: 3:03 Min

This video is a short summary of a lecture given to the students participating in the Sustainable Village Project at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. You can learn more about this innovative project here: UAF Sustainable Village Design Competition

 Path to Net Zero Energy Series

– Alaska’s first Net Zero Homes by Thorsten Chlupp, Run time is 2:08 h/min...

The Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology, (ACAT) hosted the recording of this seminar given in Anchorage in March 2011. The seminar recording by ACAT is available for sale as a DVD or download at www.acat.org. This is a long vid.

Moving towards the Zero Energy House

Alaska Center for Energy and Power sponsored a community energy lecture by Richard Seifert and Thorsten Chlupp held on April 19th 2011 at the  Blue Loon, Fairbanks Alaska.

2011 PHIUS North American Passive House Conference

All three presentations given at the last Passive House conference in Silver Springs, Maryland in October 2011 were recorded.  The link to the conference is: http://www.passivehouse.us/phc2011/main-schedule/ - there is also a link to last year's talks in Portland.

Track 1. Cold Climate PH 101

Limitations to Solutions for PH buildings in our cold northern regions. Lessons learned from building solar heated homes at Latitude 64. What are the technical limitations, and how to overcome the hurdles of a cold climate in high efficiency buildings. Understanding the importance of windows: what glazing to choose, adding thermal shutters and integrating them into buildings. Ventilation and supplemental heating strategies; Best practices for cold climates, tips and tricks from hard learned lessons building in the Arctic...

Track 2. Searching for the Perfect Wall

An update on the ongoing research project analyzing a diffusion open wall system without a conventional vapor barrier at Latitude 64; monitored by the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. Thermocouples, humidity sensors and data loggers help demystify real world performance and provide facts over fiction. Datasets, performance and a primer on diffusion, airtightness, permeability, vapor drive, sorption, Lambda values, decrement delay and embodied energy in medium weight super insulated walls and their real world implications.

Track 3: Beyond Passive Home

Sustainable Shelters in an Unsustainable World.

Super insulated PH buildings combined with an integral renewable energy system and a holistic and universal design approach can create living shelters even in the most extreme climates. Sustainable design and a look at embodied energy and the bigger picture of energy in buildings. Integrating natural materials and indoor plants and living walls within buildings. What makes us human and shelters become homes?

News 13 - Story done by Lacie Grosvold

Alaska's First Net Zero Energy Homes Performance Update

A recording from a lecture Thorsten Chlupp gave in Anchorage, Alaska on March 16, 2012 in the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology (www.ACAT.org) educational series "On the Path to Net Zero Energy". This is a reflection of the SunRise project one year later and takes a look at actual measured performance of the home and systems.

Living with the Arctic Sun - Pathways to Zero Energy buildings in Alaska
Super insulated Passive home buildings combined with an integral renewable energy system and a holistic and universal design approach can achieve Net Zero Energy performance even in the most extreme climates. Run time is 2:26 h/min...

Integral Solar Heating System @ 9000 SF Building

The gang from Cold Climate Housing Research Center on site visit of one of REINA’s projects with an integral solar heating system with 10,000 GAL seasonal heat storage tank supplying radiant heat and up to 20 GPM of DHW for 9000 SF super insulated passive home. Run time: 3:39 min

REAP Conference: Energy Efficiency: Alaska’s “First Fuel”

Buildings account for nearly 40% of all energy use in the United States. In Alaska, heating and lighting bills are steadily increasing, with potentially severe consequences for our economy. Though Alaska has developed numerous programs to make buildings more energy efficient, the state has barely begun to tap the huge cost savings and job creation potential that exists.  These panelists will take a look at some of the innovative construction techniques already being deployed in Alaska, and discuss what other leaders in the built environment are doing around the world to save energy and keep money in local economies.

Jack Hebert, President, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Fairbanks, AK
Thorsten Chlupp, President & Owner, Reina Properties LLC, Fairbanks, AK
Cathy Higgins, Research Director, New Buildings Institute, Vancouver, WA
Kathleen O’Brien, Founder, O’Brien & Company, Seattle, WA