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Are there any updates on the progress of the second demonstration house?

...solar air panels that is new at this point. We expect to see about 60-70 % of the heat load but we won't know for sure until next winter and we're pretty excite...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E (High solar gain) coatings?

...Passive House , and this first episode of our Passive solar home design video series .

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Looking for great reasonably priced way to heat an off grid home

...solar-heated air panels feeding air tubes in the slab floor. Solar air heating panels are a lot less hassle and risk than solar water heating panels, and a lot ...

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

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

In solar passive design, is it possible to calculate how far back into the home the winter sun will penetrate ?

...passive solar heat gain may help, best of luck!

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Could solar thermal air system be coupled to existing HRV for heating the incoming fresh air?

...solar heated air system which would collect heat for the fresh air side of the HVR and on the system's interior air flow after the "heat transfer" box. I also...

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

...Solar Air Heater Solar Thermal Water Heaters Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on Grade for LEED, Passive, ZNE Heating a Swimming Pool: To...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 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

What is the cost of Net Zero?

...passive house specialized in prefab panels & they're based of the pemberton. Passive homes are a great base for becoming net zero ready so I'd probably recommme...

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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...passive solar homes , where you can see how we raised the level of the slab with clean compactible fill, exactly as you would need to do. You could go with a ...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...Passive House and LEED certified prefab kit homes available that may meet your needs, other than that we would recommend you look through our building guide pag...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation?

...passive solar orientated house with double walls or Larson truss (either would have dense pack cellulose) on a slab foundation with radiant in floor heat. I saw...

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

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...solar power, grid-tied and backup systems. As we plan to build a house to Passive House standards, is there any way to get around building it exclusively with A...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does the plastic vapor barrier go??

...passive solar heat from the south facing windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There's a bed of compacted grav...

Posted by Les Poldark Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

HRV/ERV systems and ground loops (earth tubes)

...Solar energy gain is available to the SHWH. Is this theory correct or am I missing something on the way the system works, or is it simply to cost/complexity p...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

hydronic radiant cooling

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

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

How do you design and build a 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

Current info and references for Legalett Air Heated Shallow Foundation system

...solar heated floor). 4) Is there any reason you can think of why the County of Prince Edward would have any issues with issuing a permit for, inspecting, and ...

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