Passive solar design / Discussions

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...passive solar design (newbies) and it appears that a concrete floor with radiant heat will help to hold heat within the house for the longest period of time. My...

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

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...passive solar on my college program just to mention that. I would love it if some one would say this is what you need, get the land and it'll cost $100k, get sa...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

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Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.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

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

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

...solar collection potential). Am I crazy? Brian We haven't seen any great results when trying to marry solar air heaters to an HRV . To achieve a similar resul...

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

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

...Solar air heaters Air-heated slab floors Off-grid heating solutions Passive solar home design Choosing the right wood stove Off-grid living blog: heat...

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

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...passive solar heat. How well did that experiment work at collecting excess heat? It was also mentioned using the radiant hydronic floor, moving purposely heat...

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

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

...solar air heated slab as well, so if you're looking to knock it out of the park on passive and active solar heating, check out our solar air heated slab on grad...

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

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

...solar heating options are linked below. Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on Grade for LEED, Passive, ZNE Wood Pellet stoves that don't need electrici...

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

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...design you find appealing, you could then green home building techniques to that design. We would recommend you first start with determining exactly how much sp...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 3 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

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...design and home orientation for solar heat gain. I hope that helps with your design project!

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

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...passive solar home design, but the short story is - south facing windows can gain more heat than they lose. Tight air-sealing of the envelope – Absolutely, ma...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...Design Build, even if they aren't close enough to build it for you they can help you with design, and possibly supply you with prefab walls as well, maybe even ...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...passive solar heating, so that's a huge part of it. We also have a radiant floor system, but that is usually kept very low simply to provide comfort. The house ...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 7 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...designer who is able to do energy modelling , and finding a Passive House designer would be wise if you want to pursue that route. The only problem with that, i...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses