The idea for Bright Haus started in 2008. At the time, TE Studio principal Tim Delhey Eian volunteered design time for North Minneapolis’ not-for-profit “Appleseed House”, a group of community leaders and building professionals who proposed to leverage vacant lots for affordable homes built to the Passive House standard. While a couple of properties were designated for construction, those projects have yet to materialize. Fast forward 13 years and countless hours of enthusiastic education, outreach, and conversation with City Council, as well as Community Planning and Economic Development staff and 2020 saw the new “sustainable homes” policy enacted, and money put towards “climate-neutral affordable housing”. The first iteration of Bright Haus was built in 2021/22 in Northeast Minneapolis.