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 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 2 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 1 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

We're getting ready to build "as near as possible to Passive House spec without it costing a dime extra overall" house next year in Northern Minnesota as we wi...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 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