About our On the Ground / Off the Record Events

Let's learn together. Join us for PBC's On the Ground / Off the Record (OTR).


Our Mission: strengthen the passive house movement through honest conversation. Through OTR we share mistakes, lessons learned, concerns, warnings, and other teachable moments. These talks are never recorded or available for viewing after the live event.

These online 45-minute sessions will feature one presenter sharing a single topic for 15-minutes, followed by a 30-minute discussion based Q&A.


OTR sessions are free for PBC members. Non-member fees = $10 per session. Members - contact tech support here for your free ticket code.

Boots On The Ground

Boots On The Ground (BOG) is a dynamic conference series that brings together leaders from the design and construction fields to share ideas, network, and learn about products, and new solutions to get the job done. Boots on the Ground was founded by the BlueGreen Group in 2013 who passed the torch to Passive Buildings Canada in 2018. Each event features a mini-trade show made up exclusively of sponsors, food and drink, and one hour of networking time before and after the presentations. The presentations feature three talks, each presentation a maximum of 20 minutes with no Q&A (we encourage questions during networking). We aim to have one speaker be a builder and one a designer.

While Boots On the Ground events are typically invite only, you can find our backlog of recorded presentations on our YouTube channel!


We hope to have BOG in-person events return later in 2021, pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the Ground / Off the Record

June 24th, 12:15 EST

"Fast, Cheap and Net Zero PH - the Sunflower Court housing project for women and children." 

Join our speaker, Natalie Leonard, for our next Off the Record event.


With land donated by the City of Halifax and funding from the Federal Rapid Housing Initiative, Adsum House is moving fast with a 25 unit and community center housing project for women and children at risk.  Requirements for modular construction, high performance energy performance and a completion date of March 2022 have added pressure and complexity on the design process.  In this talk, Nataliewill look at the design process and some of the key decisions in planning this project.  

The first Certified Passive House Consultant and Certified Passive House Builder in Canada, Natalie founded Passive Design Solutions 12 years ago with a mission to create cost effective, beautiful, super-efficient buildings for the future.

She brings her engineering background, hands-on design and construction experience, a practical and efficient approach to building, and a commitment to greatly reduce the energy footprint our buildings use in Canada.

Natalie is recognized as a pioneer in the Passive House movement in Canada. The simplicity and affordability of Passive House aligns with Natalie’s values of creating practical and efficient homes for the mainstream market.  To date, her company has worked on over 250 Passive House projects and certified 14 of those.  

Meet your speaker: Natalie Leonard