Boots On The Ground

Boots On The Ground 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.


With restrictions on gatherings due to COVID we are currently exploring virtual event options.

NEW: On the Ground / Off the Record

Let's learn together. Join us for PBC's new series 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 in short sessions that are never recorded.

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.

In order to attend an event, you must register via Eventbrite. Please follow the registration link for each event below.

Members - contact tech support here for your free ticket code.

Upcoming Talks:

January 20th, 12:15pm EST:  Stuart Evans -"Air Water Heat Pump Challenges" 

About the speaker: Stuart is a mechanical engineer with over ten years experience in high performance commercial and residential building design.  He is an active Passive Buildings Canada Board Member, and Zon Engineering's lead mechanical engineer.  Click here to register.

February (date TBA), 12:15pm EST:  Kim Walton - "What the fRsi! A Cold Climate Window story" 

About the speaker: Founder of a successful architectural design and consulting practice, Kim Walton of Bow Crow Design has spent the last 35 years designing energy efficient homes and small buildings from the Alberta Foothills. Using her skills in Energy modelling and employing excellence in building science, Kim designs and manages Passive House and Net Zero projects across Western Canada.


Recorded Talks

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