Heating Cooling & Energy

 
Dr. Angus Gentle of UTS holds promising new polymer
A research team from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia is claiming a first in super cool roof technology with a surface that stays cooler than the ambient air temperature even under full summer sun. ...
Radiant floor tube installation
Installing a hydronic radiant floor system in a slab-on-grade floor. ...
Transparent solar power producing windows
Could transparent laminate solar cells put the fossil fuel industry on notice.   When considering solar cells as thin as laminate and completely transparent, the possibilities seem endless. Imagine every glass or laminant surface in our built...
New Tesla battery for houses
With Tesla on the scene will some of the longstanding hurdles of solar home battery systems be overcome. It's true that one of the biggest drawbacks for storing power from residential solar arrays is the cost and typical lifespan of batteries. For that reason, a give and take...
What is a heat pump
What is a heat pump? An energy efficient home heating system that can save you some money. Read on to find out how they work and if it makes sense for you. . When it comes to residential heating and cooling systems, few types of systems are as energy efficient as heat pumps. But what...
Grey water and heat recovery shower
This Quebec made closed-loop water and heat recovery system makes showering ultra efficient. After recently posting a story sharing the brilliance that is the Swedish Orbsys water and heat recycling shower, it was brought to our attention that there is a homegrown Canadian variety as...
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...
OrbSys grey water recycling high efficiency shower
Not only will this cutting edge technology reduce energy usage by 80%, it will reduce your water consumption to almost nothing. . The OrbSys is a closed loop shower system that reclaims the water draining at your feet, purifies it to drinking quality and then recycles that water back...
Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Understanding how insulation works is best achieved by first understanding the way heat loss occurs in homes. . Insulation slows the rate of heat transfer, helping keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is...
Naugler House: the most energy efficient home in New Brunswick
With a $77 annual heating bill, the Naugler House has earned its bragging rights. With a heating bill of $77 for an entire winter, the Naugler House is without a doubt the most energy-efficient home in New Brunswick. Not only will it save money long-term, it is saving money right now...
Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouver
Some forward thinking developers are designing homes that are ready to handle the more severe weather caused by a warming climate. While governments have a role in shaping and improving the built environment through zoning, development bylaws and other means, developers also play a...
The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kickstarter
This is a great little video that illustrates how we are surrounded by potential energy, we just have to put a little thought into how to harness it. . We found this video at Whole Systems Design, a New England based company who identify, design, and develop human habitats. In their...