Solar heating / Discussions

What is the best solar water heating system?

...solar collector in the end, we do like that Vitosol Solar Thermal Panel from Viessmann . Overheating is the main cause of system failures, and they have develop...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...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 building? If so...

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

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...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 the tempe...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 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 Kenogami House heating system?

...solar air-heating panel, so we are using the floor as a thermal battery to store solar heat. Here is an air heated slab on grade radiant floor DIY install video...

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

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...Solar Air Panel tie in to the Legalett system once the system has gone through a full heating season. Ideally it would be great to compare the operational heati...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...solar gain, etc.) Eliminating thermal bridging Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geothermal heating/cooling Adding thermal mass ...

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

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...solar air heaters - DIY solar air heater instructional video So if I understand correctly you are using the layered screen technique to build your panel? ...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Which is the best way of sun heating an indoor public swimming pool?

...heating the pool and for the other water uses (shower etc.). I am looking for a different way of efficient heating the water using the sun. Please give me infor...

Posted by Ιωάννης Σταυρόπουλος March 29, 2020, 12:50 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...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, simple as t...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 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?

...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 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

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

...solar so the cost is less important than reducing our gas bill / impact. In fact we mostly rely on baseboard heaters (but still not fully effective). The questi...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

I am trying to decide whether to go with a tankless and gas fuelled water heater and water or gel radiant floor heating, or the air system that Legalett uses. ...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 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

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

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...heating and cooling ) is a very well-insulated and airtight envelope, so it doesn't require a lot of heating and cooling in the first place. It is also fairly o...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

...solar air heating panels . It is much easier to finish the exterior of an EPS foam foundation kit, all you need to do is parge it. See below the slab under cons...

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses