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

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

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

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

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...passive solar basics – How to build a passive solar home The short story is, that if the sun is coming in your window you are getting some passive heat, sim...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses

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

...heating system. The house is now standing, it is the first house built of our new prefab modular kit houses available across Canada and the US . you can see a f...

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

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...heating system. In net zero designs, if an air source heat pump is used for space heating and an indoor air to water heat pump is used for DHW heating, the net ...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 3 Responses

How do you keep concrete house walls from getting too hot in hot climates?

...and would like to put something on the walls inside to keep the heat mostly outside. There are not a lot of passive heating and cooling solutions that we can re...

Posted by Florence A. Hawkins May 14, 2021, 7:05 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...cooling advanced enough to be a viable, cost effective option for an average 2300 sq ft residential house? Hydronic radiant cooling can be done, but we would st...

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

is there a SketchNanoGard Review?

...and everyone was quite impressed with how it performed. you can read more here about how it works and our in house review of how well it works - Reflective wi...

Posted by Island Lake June 24, 2020, 2:37 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...and let us know what you think, we are happy to help you work out passive ventilation and cooling suggestions. Here is another article that will help you a lo...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 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

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

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

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