Passive heat

 
Passive House in Quebec
Recounting the trials — and joys — of building a Canadian home that meets the "Passivhaus" standard. First published at Canadian Architect My partner and I are geeks. Our idea of a romantic dream was to build a house so well insulated you could heat it with a hairdryer. For...
Solariums in cold climates
Solariums and sunrooms in cold climates will not add heat to a homes as commonly thought. . Solariums have been gaining in popularity over the last 20 years, as many homeowners have found them to be a very enticing solution to brightening up a long winter. They are made even more...
The Ice Box Challenge compares Passive House construction to standard code-built construction by measuring the volume of melted ice after weeks in the sun. A Passive House uses very little energy to stay warm and comfortable, regardless of the season and regardless of weather...
The Spring House Passive House
You can have a Passive House certified either by the Passive House Institute (PHI) or PHIUS, the US specific system. Find out the differences. This article was written by Charlotte Paquin-Béchard and translated to English by Sarah Cobb, both of Rocket Construction. Read here...
The Windsor Park Net Zero House in Edmonton wins 2017 Canadian Green Building Award in Technical category. As owners of this project, we acted as both the designer and general contractor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungalow with all the imaginable problems...
Net Zero House Edmonton
The Windsor Park Net Zero House in Edmonton wins 2017 Canadian Green building Award in Technical category. As owners of this project, we acted as both the designer and general contractor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungalow with all the imaginable problems...
Off-grid home
If you are thinking about going off-grid with solar panels and a battery backup, there are lots of good reasons to do so and ways to do it more affordably. We will outline a few here. Heating when the grid is down: Beyond lighting, cooking and general home operation, the biggest...
Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Quebec
When you're a long way from the amenities of civilization, employing both active and passive solar strategies can provide security, independence and just good living in general. . With their house about three kilometers from the nearest paved road and hydro pole, Craig Anderson...
Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance home design.
Harold Orr introduced us to some of the most essential components of durable and energy efficient homes. Here is a look back at the house he designed that revolutionized the housing industry. While developing pages on passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, we were in contact with...