Western Techinical College students build Passive house

One-of-a-kind in Wisconsin

A one-of-a-kind neighborhood is coming to La Crosse.

Students from Western Technical college held an open house Friday for city’s first ever Passive house on north 24th street. Students from the school built the house. It’s the first of three homes being built in that neighborhood. The house is passive certified, meaning it requires little energy to heat or cool the house.

Building a Passive house is more expensive compared to a normal one. However, designers say in the long run it will save you money.

When I look at the energy cost, in the long term of a house you’re going to own 20 to 50 years it’s going to be in your possession 90% energy savings is a significant amount,” said Dan Bee, associate dean for the program. 

The house will act as a learning laboratory for students until the other three houses are built. The homes will then be sold to potential buyers.