Heating Cooling & Energy

 
The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
With the help of the Ecohome design team, home builder Alain Hamel builds "The Most Resilient House in North America". The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami...
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 Conservation House in Saskatchewan was built in 1977, and was a revolutionary building design that introduced passive heating and cooling to modern home building. . If you've ever sat in a car with black leather seats, you likely understand passive solar heat gain. It is a very...
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...
Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and energy
There are a number of ways you can up the efficiency of your home without spending much money. Here are our top 8 home improvement tips with the greatest return. Not everyone who wants to be 'green' has a wad of bills they can throw at the latest and greatest technologies. So where...
Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
The Net Zero Heat passive solar house in Lac Kenogami, Quebec, built by owner Alain Hamel pushes the bounds of energy efficiency. Here is a breakdown of those electrical systems. The Kenogami house is a virtual energy laboratory, and in constant evolution. Every system of this home is...
Windmill
Solar power good, power plants bad. If only it were that simple. There are many variables to consider when investigating ways to produce your own power. . How the electrical grid is fed near you will be a huge factor in determining the carbon footprint of your home, with or without...
Reducing the need for air conditioning
Some techniques that will help you reduce your A/C needs, and certainly help you stay cool in the absence of having one. . While it's true that no matter where you live, be it urban, suburban or rural, the hottest days and nights of summer may have you dreaming of coolers climates...
Outdoor solar shower
What could be better than an outdoor shower? If your answer is a solar powered hot water shower that you built all by yourself (or with friends), read on. . It might seem like pie in the sky, but with these easy to read DIY instructions from the good folks at the Endeavour Centre your...
Electricity is clean at its destination but can be very dirty at its source. Not all of us have the means to install solar panels or wind turbines, but with the help of Bullfrog Power you can live a greener lifestyle hassle-free. . Bullfrog’s green electricity comes exclusively from...
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...
Hydro towers
Electric resistance heating converts almost 100% of its energy into heat. Ultimately though, the true efficiency and environmental impact of heating with electricity is determined by the source of its production. . From an ecological standpoint, determining whether or not electricity...