Passive heating / Discussions

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

...Passive Solar Home Design If it's mid-September and you are calculating this now, does that mean you are still in the design phase or have you started buildin...

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

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...passive heatingPassive solar heating - how to warm your home with the sun Even if you put a floor covering on a concrete slab floor, you will still get t...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

New Build Whistler BC step 5

...Passive home design.I'm excited about having a passive house with low heating cost. ATWHP with hyrdonic heating and DWP is something we hope to have. Just...

Posted by Nunga Man July 6, 2020, 2:46 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...heating during sunny winter days that provided too much passive solar heat. How well did that experiment work at collecting excess heat? It was also mentioned...

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

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...heating the floors. How did you execute in floor heat on the Kenogami house and keep it from overheating? PS- I don't expect toasty warm floors, just not chil...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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?

...passive heat gain needs to include a passive cooling strategy such as overhangs or sun shades to prevent overheating in summer or you'll be spinning your wheels...

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

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...passive solar heating . Both of those design priorities will reduce the size of the heating system you require as well as the amount of energy it will consume d...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...heating and cooling strategy of our Edelweiss demonstration house .

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

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...heating. The plan is to prevent the sun entering in the summer and allow it to shine in in the winter. I estimate sun would begin entering about 10 am and finis...

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

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

...Passive House high-efficiency zero net energy homes - video In our 2015 demo house build ( the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House ) we used the Mitsubishi Mr. S...

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

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...passive / pretty-good-house their R value brings them. I'm hoping to get some feedback and possibly alternatives on what I'm thinking. At 204 mm leakproof & sea...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...heating, water heating, cooking, drying etc) So the whole house electrical load (heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying - everything ) comes to under $...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...heating air before it enters the HRV I would instead propose a ‘ ground loop ’ system which is a solution sometimes applied to help achieve Passive House certif...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...Passive House ‘ready’, in that they are of a quality that can meet those requirements. That’s a good thing for living off grid because it keeps your heating cos...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...heating for the second story? Or is there a supplemental heating system for floor #2?

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

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...Passive House made of ICF, even if their heating bills were identical to the penny. Material selection is very important! Thanks for the question.

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses