As Pioneers of Passive House in Canada, we want to share our knowledge and experience with you.

Our blog posts include:

  • How a Passive House works and the building science behind it
  • What a Passive House costs and what are the savings
  • Practical info about Energy Efficiency
  • What our clients say about living in a Passive House
  • Design and construction info about new projects we are working on.
  • News about solar photovoltaics and other relevant systems
  • Resources to help you get started with your project

PDS Team

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Announcing 9 New Pre-Designed Passive Homes

Posted by PDS Team on Jul 20, 2020 3:50:23 PM

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Topics: Predesigned Home Plans

What is a Passive House?

Posted by PDS Team on May 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

We are often asked by clients early in their journey to building a Passive home: how does Passive House work? What makes it worth doing? With this brief animated video we introduce the key aspects of the Passive House approach and their benefits. It is a fun, simple explanation of the technology and building science. We hope you enjoy it.

 

 

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Topics: How a Passive Home Works

Why Choose a Stock Plan for your Net-Zero, Passive House?

Posted by PDS Team on May 12, 2020 10:50:42 AM

At PDS, we believe that Passive Houses are for everyone. Over the past ten years, we’ve worked hard to build on key lessons in design and construction to make this possible. We work with many clients on custom house designs, and we have developed a portfolio of Passive House Stock Plans. These predesigned home plans are suited to a variety of sites and functional needs that are designed and tested for energy performance. Choosing a stock plan for the construction of your new home has many benefits – here are just a few:

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Topics: The Cost of a Passive Home, Living in a Passive Home, Net-Zero

Best Practices In Net-Zero House Design

Posted by PDS Team on Apr 28, 2020 10:00:00 AM

An increasing number of today’s homebuyers want the quality, comfort and energy savings of a Passive House, along with the carbon emissions reductions of a Net-Zero house. Lower energy costs and
increased energy security are two goals especially important to young cost-conscious families and seniors needing to manage fixed assets. Net-Zero Passive House design that uses modest on-site, grid-tied,
electrical power generation is a simple and practical path to reach these objectives in most North American regions with heating dominated climates. Visit this High Performance Buildings article written by Passive Design President Natalie Leonard.

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Topics: Net-Zero, In The News

Changing The Future of New Home Construction

Posted by PDS Team on Apr 23, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Passive homes follow a set of design and construction standards, leading the way to a more energy efficient future for homeowners. By reducing the energy use of an average household by more than 70 percent, Passive houses have the potential to significantly reduce North America’s carbon footprint. From the building envelope to the interior finishes, these solar powered, airtight homes are designed with both the health of the homeowners and the planet in mind. To learn more about how Passive homes are changing the future of the built environment, visit our article published by Earth911.

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Topics: In The News

Cost-Effective Passive Houses

Posted by PDS Team on Apr 20, 2020 9:30:00 AM

With a strong knowledge base in building science and construction methods, the PDS team is continuously striving to simplify Passive home plans to keep costs down. In this Fine Home Building article published by Kiley Jacques, Passive Design Solutions Founding Partner Natalie Leonard shares hacks on how to keep efficient housing affordable. Starting from the top (or, in this case, the roof) down, this piece provides details on the science behind the design. Check out the article for graphics on our insulation methods and to learn more about Passive design features.

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Topics: In The News

Net-Zero Homes Within Reach for More Families

Posted by PDS Team on Apr 16, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Visit this article published by the Edmonton Journal and others to learn more about what it means to have a net-zero home. Passive Design Solutions offers affordable net-zero home plans that eliminate the cost of heating and cooling your home. By building Passive, consumers can see a return on their investment in a shorter time with the associated energy savings and the ability to sell site-produced energy back to the grid for distribution and use during higher-consumption seasons.

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Topics: In The News

Nice House, No Power Bill

Posted by PDS Team on Apr 14, 2020 1:48:10 PM

As demand grows for affordable, energy efficient housing, the PDS team has created a series of stock plans to offer affordable Passive houses to all. The plans are diverse in their size, layout and style, but have all been designed and tested with an energy model to provide a high level of energy efficiency. By combining our architectural and engineering expertise with the knowledge of our builders, we ensure that each home from our stock plan collection can be built with cost and schedule in mind.

Check out this Chronicle Herald article where Natalie Leonard shares some more background information on how Passive buildings are the future of development.

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Topics: In The News

Common Myths About Passive House in North America

Posted by PDS Team on May 27, 2019 3:00:00 PM
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Topics: The Cost of a Passive Home, How a Passive Home Works, Living in a Passive Home

Glossary of Terms | Passive House Definitions

Posted by PDS Team on Mar 11, 2019 3:00:00 PM

It can be difficult to keep up with the technical jargon used to discuss energy efficiency. We have defined many of the industry standards and design features as they relate to the work that we do.

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Topics: How a Passive Home Works

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