Building your own Passive House comes with tremendous advantages, but also comes with unique demands, like setting (and keeping to) a budget. How can you know if you can afford the home of your dreams if you can’t figure out what it’s likely to cost?

To help with this all-important part of the process, we offer a set of sample total costs for a custom home here. Click here for a comparison of annual running costs for a code-built house compared to our Passive Homes.

Please note that all pricing is in Canadian dollars, although we work across North America.

Sample home: EkoBuilt’s Foxglove PassiveHouse design

Foxglove cottage kit plan

Foxglove, 1424 sq ft, $129,494 for EkoBuilt kit

The Foxglove PassiveHouse materials kit from EkoBuilt is for a home that is 1424 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Download plans: FOXGLOVE

Total cost to build finished home, including land related costs: $357,494.

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House Specific Costs (updated June 2019)


  • Compacted Base, 6 ‐ 12” granular material
  • Styrofoam Tray Slab‐on‐grade system

Total Foundation: $35k

Weather-Tight Shell Materials (Foxglove plan)

  • Eko PassiveHouse material package

Total PassiveHouse Shell Materials: $92,575

Weather-Tight Shell Installation, (Foxglove plan)

  • Installation of complete material Package

Total PassiveHouse Shell Installation: $36,919


  • Ideal Wakefield Bridge steel shingles ($14,000)
  • Aluminum vented soffit and fascia ($5,000)

Total Roofing: $19k

Siding & Trim

  • Exterior siding, Goodfellow engineered wood maintenance‐free siding
  • Exterior Window / Door Trim, Goodfellow

Total Siding & Trim: $18k


  • Exterior Shell Walls ‐ 20” (R‐75) blown Cellulose
  • Roof – 30” (R‐110) blown Cellulose

Total Insulation: $16k


  • ABS, Pex pipe & fittings to all fixtures
  • 2 exterior hose taps
  • Heat-pump water heater
  • Valves on all accessible fixtures

Total Plumbing: $9k


  • 200 amp underground service
  • All wiring to plugs, switches & mechanicals
  • 2 exterior plugs
  • Telephone & cable wiring

Total Electrical: $12k

HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)

  • Heating – Radiant floors
  • HRV & Air Conditioning – Minotair

Total HVAC: $18k


  • Drywall for all walls and ceilings, ready for paint

Total Drywall: $12k

Plumbing & Electrical Fixtures

Total Plumbing & Electrical Fixtures Allowance: $7,500

Interior Finishes, including installation

  • Kitchen & vanities including stone counters ($16k allowance)
  • Carpentry – interior doors, door & window trim including baseboard ($13.5k allowance)
  • Tiling in washrooms ($5k allowance)

Total Interior Finishes: $51,500


Land Specific Costs

  • Laneway (gravel) 60 feet
  • Excavation for foundation walls
  • Foundation Backfill (sand)
  • Septic System
  • Drilled well

Total Land Specific Costs: $37,500

Total Project Costs

The total price tag, including house and land elements, came to $357,494.

You can download the full cost analysis in a four-page document [PDF].