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CR-HOMES are a collection of predesigned and prefabricated high-performance house plans designed utilizing passive building principles to achieve the best comfort, durability, energy savings, and health. The architecture of CR-HOMES reflects the simple traditional dwelling forms that are ubiquitous across the Upper Midwest, from cities and towns to rural countryside, lakes, and farms, with modern expressions of these local vernacular.

CR-HOMES are designed to be net-zero energy ready and passive house certification (PHIUS+) ready. Designed following passive building principles, CR-HOMES are just a step away from achieving the most stringent building certification program in the world and being net-zero or net-positive.

The homes are designed to be built with prefabricated wall panels delivered directly to the building site and installed by the contractor. The prefabricated walls offer high levels of continuous insulation, excellent airtightness, and sound water sealing practices; all of this is achieved with materials of the lowest embodied energy available, making these walls truly sustainable.


The goal of CR-HOMES is to make high-performance passive house architecture more affordable and attainable to the masses. By partnering with prefabrication specialists and local trades, we are able to provide passive house levels of architecture and engineering for a more affordable price. CR-HOMES are designed to be flexible and offer open space layouts with plenty of private space. 

Why Prefabrication?

Almost everything in a home is prefabricated; the doors, the windows, the casework, and trim–why not the exterior walls? With prefabrication, we are able to build the exterior enclosure in a climate-controlled atmosphere; decrease the time to build; and decrease waste by using computer-aided precision manufacturing. All of these benefits add up to construction cost savings for you.

High-performance passive house detailing requires extreme levels of air-sealing, water tightness, superior insulation, and thermal bridge-free construction. All of these components are more easily achieved in a climate-controlled setting, where manufacturing cannot be delayed by weather and building assemblies are protected from the elements during the building process. The level of quality control is greatly enhanced by a prefabricated system.

Why Passive House?

Passive House certification requires a rigorous design and third-party verification process to ensure the house is built to perform and built to last. It is not unusual for a passive house to achieve 90% reduction in heating costs during the winter and lower overall energy costs year-round to the tune of up to a 75% reduction. The operating costs for a certified passive house are sharply reduced, which means less wasted money every month. In addition to energy savings, a passive house offers the most comfortable and healthy interior environment on the market; the homes have the cleanest indoor air and are virtually allergen-free. An understated benefit of a passive house is the durability, resiliency, and low-maintenance required. The building assemblies are built utilizing the best building science practices available to ensure a long-lasting structure. Due to outstanding enclosure design, a passive house requires very minimal sized mechanical systems, which means replacement costs are sharply reduced. Passive house resiliency is not left to the physical building; a passive house is inherently insulated from increasing energy prices and is just a small step away from energy independence, with the addition of renewables. Certified passive house buildings are also eligible for various energy programs; please contact CR-BPS for more information.

Meet the CR-HOMES

CR-HOMES | Veblen Haus

The Veblen Haus is inspired by the traditional farmhouses scattered throughout the Upper Midwest. The house is designed with these simple forms in mind, but with subtle modern expressions and bold high-performance goals. Flexibility plays a major role in the design of the home; which is designed to accommodate both an additional attic loft and basement upgrades. The Standard design is a two-level dwelling on a slab on grade foundation with 3 bedrooms plus a den and 2 full bathrooms and 1 powder room. The optional attic loft and/or basement upgrades can be added to the home to increase living space and number of bedrooms.

CR-HOMES | Hip-Haus

The Hip-Haus was originally designed as a quaint lakeside cabin in the Northwoods of Minnesota with performance, comfort, and energy independence as the prime motivators. The Hip Haus; named after its simple, but elegant hip roof; features deep overhangs, an open, flexible floor plan, and an optional covered porch. The floor plan is flexible in that a second bedroom or den can be added as an option.

How to Purchase

CR-HOMES contain standard features and optional upgrades; the floor plans shown on the various house plans may include both standard and optional features. CR-HOMES are flexible, CR-BPS is able to offer minor modifications to any standard design, more substantial changes require additional services; and for more extensive customizations a custom project by CR-BPS may be required. Pursuing PHIUS+ passive house certification requires site-specific analysis, detailing, and requires additional services by CR-BPS.

CR-HOMES house plans consist of the architectural drawings and specifications, in digital format, required to build the selected house design. The house plans are intended for design intent and construction guidance only. The house plans are not intended to satisfy local zoning, codes, and permitting requirements; however, CR-BPS can coordinate these requirements as an additional service. Additional professional services may be required by the local authority having jurisdiction, including but not limited to: site survey, geotechnical report, environmental testing and remediation, site plan, zoning, planning, and code review/check, civil engineering, structural engineering, and special inspections; these services are not included in the house plan package, but can be coordinated by CR-BPS as an additional service. Building certification programs, such as Passive House, Living Building Challenge, and LEED also require additional services by CR-BPS. Please contact CR-BPS for information regarding the required deposit, the purchase price for the house plans, and for hourly rates for additional services. Purchasing a CR-HOMES house plan provides the buyer a license to build the house one time, please contact CR-BPS for discounts on building multiple homes. CR-HOMES are designed by CR-BPS (Copyright 2018), unauthorized reproduction or construction is not permitted.



CR-HOMES – Predesigned and Prefabricated passive house and zero energy ready homes.

Locations: Minneapolis, MN | Duluth, MN | Brainerd, MN | Isabella, MN | Eau Claire, WI | Madison, WI