Passive solar / Discussions

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...passive heating – Passive 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

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

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 you help with passive solar greenhouse exterior wall details?

...solar air heated floor , it’s not fully ‘passive’ as it requires a solar air heating panel , but that only requires a fan which can be run that off a very small...

Posted by Rick Carter Aug. 11, 2020, 8:06 a.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

What is the perfect wall assembly?

...solar passive house. Your video on ''build the perfect wall - top tips'' is very inspiring and I shall use many of the tips. As a slight variation to what is pr...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

Are styrofoam forms a good idea? To find the most efficient Passive House wall, if your intention is to reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing mate...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 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

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...solar protection for my deck. I was to mount to the wall of my house but it's a passive home done with Larsen Truss. I used closed web I-joist( made from 2x3 an...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...passive solar, ventilation, and other aspects. Do you have a list of recommendations? If you want to learn how to build the best tiny house I would start on thi...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...passive solar home. if I have A hyper sealed, plastic wrapped A rated home and a fireplace or even an exhaust fan. Then isn't it the case that they will not suc...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...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

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

...Solar panels – Whether you will save money with solar panels depends on your local utility costs as well as the cost of installing solar panels in your region. ...

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

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does 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 Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

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

...Passive House spec without it costing a dime extra overall" house next year in Northern Minnesota as we will then be fitting PV solar panels to bring it to zero...

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

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

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

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

...passive heat gain, so you want the highest R-value windows possible to reduce heat loss. And remember that maximising your southern exposure for passive heat ...

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