Natalie is the first Certified Passive House Consultant and Certified Passive House Builder in Canada. Her mission is to make sustainable, high-performance homes affordable for everyone. She leads the Passive Design Solutions team with a depth of experience in creating cost-effective, beautiful, and ultra-efficient homes. Natalie brings her engineering background, hands-on design and construction experience, and a practical approach to building.
Passive Design Solutions has completed over 100 Passive House projects in cold climates. They specialize in designing Net-Zero ready passive homes and the services needed to see projects through to completion, such as custom design, construction support, and energy consulting.
2:36 How Natalie got into the business
7:45 Is it worth getting certified?
9:45 What is a passive house certification?
11:45 Mistakes on Previous Passive House Builds
15:30 Working with more builders
19:00 Difference between PHIUS and PHI
23:45 Changing from ACH to leakage per sq. feet
25:00 Changes to Primary Energy Requirement to reward high density builds
31:30 Passive Solar House is not the same
35:00 Pre-Designed Passive Homes
40:50 Purchasing a Pre Designed Passive House Plan
48:00 Future of Construction
For more from Natalie and Passive Design Solutions:A catalogue of pre-designed energy efficient home plans. Available Canada-wide, customized to order: https://www.passivedesign.ca/pages/plans
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