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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#177 - Builder Feature: Raphael Spinner of HSS Design Build - Canadian Passive House Builder
Raphael, originally from Switzerland, is a Swiss and Canadian trained certified Passive House Designer with over 19 years of construction experience building with mass timber. He started his own Design Build firm called HSS Design Build in 2016.
HSS Design Build is located in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. They provide quality craftsmanship and sustainable building techniques for generations to enjoy. At HSS, they create structures that resemble and respond to their natural surroundings and create comfortable living spaces which meet future efficiency standards and are the highest quality.
Raphael is passionate about energy efficient and innovative design. His business mission: to accelerate the transition to sustainable and energy efficient design and construction practices.
For more from Raphael and HSS Design Build:
youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWrI6MV1-QRB_RZkpNaZ_A
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/hss-design-build/
instagram - @hssdesignbuild
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