Passive heating and cooling / Discussions

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...heating/cooling zones to minimize energy use. Is this still recommended in a green Ontario home? If so, is it best to use 3 different heating and cooling units,...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...and help reflect heat back out in the summer. So it will save on heating and cooling costs, and if you don’t use air conditioning, when done right, it can lead ...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...and efficient way to provide a cooling sensation. Here is a short video on ceiling fans , they are an integral part of the heating and cooling strategy of our E...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...passive heating and cooling You will learn on that page all the benefits of an airtight envelope, a well-insulated building envelope, and how to design window...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...and put you at risk of mold and mildew forming. Even in the appropriate climate it is a fairly complicated system and needs to be carefully designed, and it w...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Are there any updates on the progress of the second demonstration house?

...and not expected to be finished for a couple more months. There have been Legalett air-heated floors across Canada and the U.S. since the mid-70s, and even long...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...and like window size, where it will be in the wall and the height and length of your overhang, and the exact angle of the sun. And while you may pick up a few...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...And you may not know this but there are different Passive House programs , or rather different certifying bodies, like PassivHaus , Passive House Canada and PHI...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...heating. My understanding was that the unheated water in the tubing would absorb excess heat from the areas of the house that received direct sun, and collected...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...and extreme passive heating . The house is certified LEED Platinum but also meets Passive House l evels of performance (and then some), but it does go beyond ...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...and we were really happy with it. That one is not ducted, and it has an infrared sensor that tracks occupants to provide additional heating and cooling comfort ...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...passively heated Edelweiss Demonstration house that covers the basic principles of passive heating and cooling concept and design. Hi, thanks for the response. ...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...and the concept of radiant heating and its limitations, I’d start with this page here about home heating and comfortable home design - Designing Homes for Hum...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...heating or cooling coil is present, you are simply running a fan, and a heat exchange takes place in the core. Read more about choosing between an HRV and ERV h...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...and extremely durable floor with very low maintenance. At grade level, a slab floor can also act as an excellent heat sink for passive heating and cooling, if...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses