Our designs are influenced by how we interact with the space in our homes and the environment in ways that make our lives better. From the placement of your kitchen window to your cost-savings heating solution, our houses are practical to build, affordable to own and sustain the life you want to live.

Natalie Leonard, Founder Passive Design Solutions

We Listened

All of us at Passive Design Solutions are committed to creating beautiful, functional, affordable homes that are built to live in with ease and comfort. We embrace both classic and modern elements of design while integrating reliable and simple energy efficient solutions.

Whether it is rising fuel costs or the encroaching impacts of climate change, homeowners know that the cost of owning a home doesn’t just include the cost to build it but also the cost to maintain it year after year. We have been engaged with homeowners, builders and the passive house industry for almost a decade now. We have listened, learned and honed our skills to become one of North America’s most respected passive house design firms.

Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.

Steve Jobs

We Learned

Our approach to design grows equally out of our commitment to our clients as well as to the environment. The beauty of a passive house design rests on a foundation of seamlessly integrating energy efficiency solutions within elegant and livable homes. When you live in a passive house you reduce your carbon footprint today and for generations to come. It is this combined impact of our designs that both inspires and drives our team towards excellence and innovation.

We don’t approach designing for energy efficiency as limiting, we see it as liberating. Liberating us from old style construction methods and materials and liberating homeowners from chronic high fuel bills. Our passive house designs have tremendous latitude to be both energy efficient and uniquely individual. We design homes that fit into the context in which we live and are part of your neighbourhood as well as easily maintained by local tradespeople.

So many of us want to find a meaningful way to contribute to the well-being of our families, our communities and to the world at large. When we design an elegant, affordable, energy-efficient passive house, we are contributing to lowering our collective carbon footprint for generations to come. We are also designing lovely, functional and durable homes for everyday living.

Good design is sustainable. Great design is responsible.

Richard Wittschiebe

We Dream

A decade ago we asked ourselves what kind of houses are both inspiring and important to design. Starting Passive Design Solutions was our answer. Designing elegant, energy-efficient homes that use less fossil fuels, leave a significantly smaller carbon footprint than that of standard home construction and contribute to a brighter tomorrow for future generations, is what we aim to do.

We want to change how houses are designed and built. Every house can leave a smaller carbon footprint; embrace cozy, warm, light, functional living spaces; are less costly to maintain and healthier to live in.

It’s a big dream. One we believe whose time has come.

Passive Design EcoLiving Business Leadership award finalist

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