Passive heating / Discussions

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

...heating solution for a home, but to do so successfully there are considerations. Any radiant floor heating system (gas or electric, hydronic or radiant air heat...

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