Passive heating and cooling

 
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...
Vancouver Passive House
As a part of their Greenest City Action Plan, Vancouver is helping builders get homes certified under the Passive House Standard. . Vancouver has set a goal of being the greenest city in the world by the year 2020. Some of the policies included in that plan are expanded public...
Ssolar air heater
Solar air heaters are fairly easy to make or affordable to buy and offer a quick payback. How solar air heaters...
North Park Passive House Vancouver Island
The North Park Passive House is a six-unit urban-infill condominium . First published by our print affiliate Ecohouse Magazine. The author, Rob Bernhardt, is with Bernhardt Contracting in...
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...
Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island, BC
Modular Passive House construction replaces hospital staff housing that burned down in 2004. Bella Bella is a small community located on Campbell Island between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Approximately 90% of its 1,500 residents belong to the Heiltsuk First...
Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto earns Canadian Green Building Award
While keeping the existing footprint, the Skygarden House renovation brings a leaky old home close to Passive House levels of performance. . First published by our print partner SAB Magazine, the Skygarden House is a winner of the 2016 Canadian Green Building Awards and...
When should you replace windows
Replacing old windows in all but the most extreme cases will not save money in your lifetime. Repairing old windows or adding layers may be a more cost-effective solution. We often get asked if it is a good idea to replace old windows with new and better performing windows to save...
Short of a wood stove, pretty much all heating systems require power to operate. So in the event of an apocalypse (zombie, climate, asteroid, etc) these two pellet stoves can keep you warm when the power goes out. . Burning wood to heat a home does not make you an eco-terrorist, let's...
Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates come with a much heavier environmental cost than they claim and contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold...
The Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum
Canada Green Building Council President Thomas Mueller calls Ecohome's Edelweiss House "A phenomenal achievement". We are pleased to announce that the Edelweiss House in Wakefield, QC has just received final certification of Platinum under the recently released LEED V4 for Homes...
Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
A case study by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute on Ecohome's Kenogami House in Northern Quebec. Ecohome's Kenogami House in northern Quebec was described by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute based in Brattleboro, Vermont, as "The...
Slab-on-grade  for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
This page follows the progress so far on our Demonstration House and detailing home orientation and slab construction techniques. . The Ecohome Demonstration House is well underway, the following page chronicles the first stage of constuction, building the slab-on-grade. The...
Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Ecohome's Demonstration House will be used as a vehicle to launch a free online building guide series detailing best practices for high performance, cold climate home construction. The guiding principles during the design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling...
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...
The first Passive House
The Conservation House in Saskatchewan was built in 1977, and was a revolutionary building design that introduced passive heating and cooling to modern home building. . All it would take is sitting in a car with black leather seats to fully understand the concept of passive solar...
The concepts of passive solar heating and cooling
Outside of any certification programs, the commonly accepted definition of a passive house is one that minimizes its operational energy demand through building design and orientation. . There is a bit of chatter in the construction world lately about passive house contruction, and...
Installing 8 inches of Roxul mineral wool below a concrete slab floor.    WATCH MORE VIDEOS Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost always insufficient, saddling homeowners with a choice between...