Our Story

Our Passive Homes are practical to build, affordable to own.

Our designs are influenced by how we interact with the space in our homes and the environment in ways that make our lives better.

Our homes are practical to build, affordable to own, and sustain the life you want to live.

Natalie Leonard, Founder Passive Design Solutions

We Listened

Our team is committed to creating functional and affordable homes for you to live in with ease and comfort. We embrace both classic and modern elements of design and integrate reliable energy-efficient solutions.

We are facing rising fuel costs and 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 engaged homeowners, builders, and the Passive House industry for a decade. We have listened, learned, and enhanced 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 out of our commitment to our clients and the environment.

The beauty of a Passive House design rests on a foundation of seamlessly integrating energy efficiency solutions within elegant and livable homes.

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 you live and are part of your neighbourhood.

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 you live in a Passive House, you are contributing to lowering our collective carbon footprint for generations to come.

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.

We aim to design elegant, energy-efficient homes that drastically reduce energy use. This contributes to the fight against climate change; providing a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

We want to change how all houses are designed and built. Every house can leave a smaller carbon footprint; embrace cozy, warm, light, functional living spaces; and be 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

After months of research, I hired Passive Design Solutions to design my passive house. What a great decision! These passive house pioneers are inspired designers with hands-on building experience to back it up. Their homegrown solutions to high performance design and construction result in a home that is affordable to build, and that will perform well in our climate. It has been a pleasure working with the team at PDS and I'm looking forward to working with them on future builds.~ Ben Lowry

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