Passive solar / Discussions

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 the winter of 2020 - 2021 when they...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 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-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 3 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

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 3 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...Passive House high-efficiency zero net energy homes - video In our 2015 demo house build ( the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House ) we used the Mitsubishi Mr. S...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 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

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...solar panels and putting them back down). Thanks! The process of dissasembling a metal roof and solar panels then re-installing them is no small affair, so just...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...passive house standards (not seeking certification though). We plan on having solar panels and will be only on electricity, no natural gas or propane. Our desig...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...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

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 9 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...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

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...solariums, so its starting to bothering me if this kind of solution will be good in case of air conditioning and if this have a chance to act both as a place to...

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

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

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...passive solar home How to build a slab on grade Choosing the best home insulation That’s a start to a few pages that will at least help you get your hea...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

How well does the Legalett air heated floor work when pouring concrete?

...Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on Grade for LEED, Passive, ZNE Legalett monitors the process of installion for their raft slab kits, which includes a p...

Posted by Israel Sword March 28, 2020, 6:26 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 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