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Evanston’s First Passive House: Crafting a 21st Century Solution for an Evanston Historic District

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Evanston’s First Passive House: Crafting a 21st Century Solution for an Evanston Historic District
A Presentation by Nate Kipnis and Margaret Stender

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

In-person event
At the Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood St, Evanston, IL

Event also available on Facebook via livestream:

Free & Open to All
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It is through our community’s generosity that we can offer these free programs! Please consider donating $10 to support our ongoing free public programming.

About the event:

Join architect Nate Kipnis, FAIA, and homeowner Margaret Stender for a special Earth Week presentation about Evanston’s first certified Passive House.

The home was designed to PHIUS (Passive House) standards, one of the most rigorous building certifications for exceptionally energy-efficient and remarkably resilient homes. It is approximately 30 times as airtight as the neighboring homes, all while providing correct levels of fresh air. It has a very large solar array to power the house. Because it is an all-electric home, it does not have a gas line going to it, and even has a carbon-free ‘fireplace’. The house design had to go before the Evanston Preservation Commission for review and approval, and as such, it had to relate to the surrounding historic homes on the 1200 block of Maple. This was accomplished through the relationship of its height, apparent scale, materials, proportions, and general massing of its key architectural components. Come join us to learn about this groundbreaking home and a key marker in Evanston’s architectural history!

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April 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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