Radiant floors

 
How radiant floors work
Factors far beyond just air temperature affect how comfortable a home is, and if you design for comfort you will end up with a more durable and efficient home. . Have you ever noticed that at times you can feel cold in your home even though the air temperature is exactly where you...
Heating an off-grid home
Post 3 in Craig Anderson's off-grid living blog covers heating systems - what worked, what didn't, and what changes were made. . This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
This is the first in a series of blogs we will post from Craig Anderson about the ups and downs of building an off-grid home. The following is a firsthand account of a building project by Craig Anderson and his wife France-Pascale Ménard who bought a large piece of land in West...
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...
Basement wall insulation
The importance of properly insulating basements cannot be stressed enough. Uninsulated basements and poorly insulated basements can be responsible for as much as 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home. . Technical edit and thermal images by Denis Boyer Before we began insulating...
Hydronic heating system
Hydronic heating systems involve heated liquid being pumped through radiators, baseboard heaters, floors or even walls. . Similar to electric baseboards, hydronic heating systems facilitate zone heating as you can keep different rooms at different temperatures. Though different...
Photovoltaic solar panels
It has been estimated that the sun provides as much energy in 15 minutes as humans use in a year. By taking advantage of that with heating and electrical generation, we can work to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Solar energy Our future truly depends on us continuing to develop...