Passive heating / Discussions

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

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

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

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

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...passive heating and cooling, if you have adopted that design strategy. Radiant heating is also an easy addition to make to a concrete slab floor, offering a rel...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 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

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?

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

is there a SketchNanoGard Review?

Hello! We're looking for ways to up the energy efficiency of our building. We've looked at the typical options, but we are also exploring some more unconvent...

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

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

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