About Me


peterPeter Schonherr Certified Passive House Consultant

Peter is the founder and owner of Passive Insights Energy Services. He is a mechanical engineer with a B.A.Sc. from U. of Toronto and has worked for 20 years in the high tech field of thermal analysis and design of electronics for the aerospace field.

Peter became interested in the areas of renewable energy and conservation where he decided to apply his background expertise. He worked on a couple of renewable energy feasibility studies and also did some energy analysis and design of mechanicals for a multi-family project in Quebec.

More recently Peter obtained a BEMP, (Building Energy Modelling Professional), certificate from ASHRAE and is also a Certified Passive House Building Consultant. His latest project is working on an affordable rammed earth house in Battersea, Ontario. See Latest Project Blog

Untitled-56psdThe Passive House Building Energy Standard promoted by PHIUS is the most rigorous building energy standard in the world. Certified Passive House Consultants who have obtained the right through PHIUS to carry the graphic passive house logo and the CPHC designation, have committed themselves to design excellence and the passive house energy performance and quality criteria.

Client Testamonials
“Peter Schonherr is thorough and meticulous in all his work. He embraces challenges, including our high-performance rammed earth house, for which he did conscientious research. He was open and sensitive in his consultations and presented us with a well-informed plan, tailored to our specific wishes and then flexibly adapted to accommodate design changes. Throughout we found Peter to be hard-working, sincere and trustworthy.”
– Sylvia Cook,
Founder Aerecura Rammed Earth Builders
“In his role as mechanical designer for the Green Community Center, Peter Schonherr exhibited the telltale signs of a brilliant designer – curiosity, enthusiasm, focus, precision, and persistence. Joining the team late in the design process, Peter was able quickly get up to speed, interpret data, and make suggestions for improvements and alternatives at a time when time was of the essence.
As a CPHC consultant, Peter’s dedication to analyzing our project for energy use and building performance provided us with a clear pathway for determining how to navigate the conflicting dynamics of cost, performance, and ecological impact.”
– Jennifer Martin,
Green Community Building Project Manager
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage