Our Story

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 House Solutions (1) 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 (2) it but also the cost to maintain (3) 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 live 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 (4) have tremendous latitude to be both energy efficient and uniquely individual. We design homes that fit into the context in which we live, are part of your neighbourhood and can be 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. We feel that as home designers when we design a beautiful, affordable, energy efficient passive house we are contributing to lower our collective carbon footprint for generations to come. We are also designing stunningly beautiful, functional and durable homes for everyday living.

Good design is sustainable. Great design is responsible.


We Dream

A decade ago we asked ourselves what kind of houses are both inspiring and important to design. Starting Passive House Solutions (5) was our answer. Designing elegant, energy efficient homes that use less fossil fuels, leave a significantly smaller carbon footprint than that of traditional 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 that are low-cost to maintain and healthier to live in.

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