Date Occurred: 17 0321 Co-Housing to Rover members. The Minnesota Rovers enjoy the outdoors in a collaborative way. Their values of being self-supporting; providing their own gear, food and actions; and on the same outdoor trip living outdoors in community and sharing communal gear and activities, is the basis of co-housing. I presented how this lifestyle could continue in the city through a building design that allows people to live in their own units and share communal living, cooking, dining and other activity spaces. The social and financial advantages of shared living environments are flexible to the desires of the individuals and groups and well documented.
Date Occurred: 17 0310 Recieved energy code compliance updates from Fresh Energy Residential, Multifamily and Commercial Subcommittees. The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) presented Midwest Compliance Studies for the state of Kentucky. A similar study will begin for Minnesota. A Tiny Houses presentation described their design, construction and code issues. As well, we had a collaborative discussion on best practices for improving construction energy code compliance. We also discussed licensing mechanical residential contractors to improve installation quality, improve energy efficiency, save energy and decrease construction costs from over-sized HVAC systems. This meeting is ongoing work of the Minnesota Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (MEECC).
Date Occurred: 17 0227 As a Certified Passive House Consultant and architect, I presented best construction practices for the design of thick insulation installations and building sealing at walls, roofs and slabs in new and remodeled construction to local architects. I am a member of the Small Firms Practice Committee. Our meetings are held at the American Institute of Architects - Minnesota (AIA-MN) offices.
Kyle Makarios, Director of Government Affairs with the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters led a tour of their extensive construction trade training facilites. In discussion, I advocated that new construction trade members be trained for the "next-generation quality" of energy efficient construction, especially building air sealing, and window, door and thicker insulation installation. Attended as a guest at the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters.
Date Occurred: 16 1214 As part of the builders discussion on the local shortage of carpenters and the need for training more , I weighed in on the need for increased training levels and higher trade proficiency to bring labor costs down for contractors and home owners while improving home energy efficency. Builders charge a premium for installing materials they are unaccustomed to. Higher trade proficiency in new building science based installation methods will allow builders to cost-effectively increase insulation levels and build tighter buildings while installing new building wrap technologies and higher quality windows and doors. Promoted energy efficiency and Passive House level quality of construction. Attended as a guest at the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) offices.
Mark Anderson, AIA, CPHC
For my day job, I'm an architect focused on green design. Not a bad gig! Caring for the planet is a theme throughout my life. This page is where I like to talk about how that love for the earth plays out – in architecture and in my life.