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

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

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

...heating systems for a Passive House , you can for sure trim that down. In some areas, achieving Passive House Certification allows you to bypass normal building...

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

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

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

...heating and cooling would be dependent on your climate. In a cold climate you wouldn’t be able to reduce the size of heating equipment as there is no ‘natural v...

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

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...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 what we cons...

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

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...Passive House on the property and then work on converting the main structure (with a cement block foundation and piers) into a garage with a 550 sq ft passive h...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...heating concept for our northern climate (your article made my suspicions concrete). Is a prefab from ecohome even a reasonable thought when we are so far away?...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...passive indoor heating. And to be honest, there is pretty much nothing about the Earthship that makes sense for building in cold climates, certainly not the gre...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

We are planning a build for June 2020 in Prince Edward County, Ontario where there is 1 ft of topsoil, 2 ft of clay and then bedrock. Structure planned is a bu...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

Has hydronic radiant cooling advanced enough to be a viable, cost effective option for an average 2300 sq ft residential house? Hydronic radiant cooling can be...

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

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...passive house , and designing a home for passive solar heat collection will keep your energy costs at a minimum and also help it stay warm in the event of power...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...passive solar window design and 6' overhang on south& west walls. 1 1/2" R 7.5 styro on the outside of exterior walls as wekll as 4' pony wall crawl space. Elec...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...Passive, ZNE Heating a Swimming Pool: Top 10 cost efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat pools All about Natural Swimming Pools

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses