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Q&A: Tim Eian on Renovations

Tim Eian, TE Studios

I met Tim Eian, owner of Northeast-based TE Studio, at a house demonstration event in St. Anthony Park, and appreciated his articulate, passionate viewpoints about home construction and renovation. I sat down with him for a few hours of conversation, about everything from innovative building materials to progressive politics, from frustrations to hopefulness. Here is…

Q&A With Home Designer Michael Anschel

Minneapolis-based home designer Michael Anschel of Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build (aka OA) led the effort to develop The Minnesota GreenStar building standards, now used in a 7-state region. His has been a long-standing mission to strengthen local housing — starting with a city battle at age 16 around homelessness. Years ago, after being penalized by the city for his…

Spotlight: Edison High School

The sustainable design going up at Edison High School in Northeast Minneapolis Summer 2015 (photo: AWH Architect Alex Haecker)

After Kevin Reich was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2009 for Ward 1 (Northeast), he noticed while walking his dog that there were four different lawn care services and four jurisdictions maintaining, in isolation, adjacent youth-oriented properties: Hennepin County Library, YMCA, Edison High School, and some open green park area. He was also…

Do You Understand Your Home Energy Use?

How we use our energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Association

Part of a series exploring Minneapolis energy efficiency and its sustainability solutions Why Should We Care About Our Home Energy? The big picture… Most of the energy we create from fossil fuels is wasted, and leads to air pollution, global warming, and health issues. (The World Health Organization reported that about 7 million people died…

How Much Do We Waste?

As the City of Minneapolis moves toward a 2020 zero-waste goal of 50% sent to recycling and composting centers, rather than landfills, Hennepin County’s new Recycling Progress Report gives an indication of how far we need to go to get there. Minneapolis is not in the Top 10 of the County for recycling efforts. But…

The Cost of House Demolition in Minneapolis

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis issued 184 wrecking permits, the vast majority of which were for single family homes. The demolition of a typical 2,000 square foot home generates approximately 127 tons of Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste. Nationally, C&D waste accounts for over 40 percent of waste by ton sent to landfills. According…

Q&A: Would I Benefit From Solar Energy? How?

There are many new ways for people in Minneapolis to benefit from solar power, especially in 2015 and 2016. (And no need to feel like Minnesota winters put us at a disadvantage; we do just as well as other southern-based solar installations.) It can be a relatively easy entry to Minneapolis solar energy, depending on…