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In this AudioPost we speak with Jay Wiederholt, President of Passive House Alliance Minnesota. Jay and I met at a lecture discussing the philosophy and implementation of Passive House design. I was excited to sit down and ask a few general questions explaining Passive House. Some questions included:

-Summarize 'What is Passive House?'

-How/where did this idea start?

-Explain a few specifics that are critical to the philosophy.

-What things do people need to be aware of if they are interested in this type of project?

-Is there special training or documentation needed to have an 'official' Passive House?

-Always the tough question of costs and paybacks.

-How is this different from LEED?

For more information see Passive House Institute United States, Passive House Institute, National Advocacy Group and the International Advocacy Group.


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In this Audiopost, we speak with General Contractor Jay Cates of Cates Fine Homes. I have worked with Jay on several projects in the Twin City area and thought it would be a great idea to have him discuss the building process. Some of the topics include:

-What is a General Contractor? -What steps or questions should people take or ask when looking to hire a Contractor? -When is the best time to get the contractor involved in a project? -What are the costs associated with hiring a contractor as well as any other project costs? -Briefly walk us through a construction project from beginning to end. -Any differences between new construction and a remodeling? -What if the Owner wants to complete some of the work themselves?

You can reach Jay with additional questions at Phone: (651)-439-2844 or Email: jay@catesfinehomes.com


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