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

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 a video of the installation .

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 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 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 2 Responses

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

...heating in summer or you'll be spinning your wheels and spending all you heat savings on AC in the summer. That is all explained here in our Passive solar home ...

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

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

...heating costs down, which In your case I imagine is likely firewood? Some solar heating options are linked below. Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on G...

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

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

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

...solar air heating panels . It is also a slab-on-grade but the entire problem of exterior finishing is alleviated as the insulation is the form itself - you simp...

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

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...solar air heated floor . That way a large portion of your heating demand could be provided by a small solar panel running a fan, to help keep your home warm dur...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...heating for the second story? Or is there a supplemental heating system for floor #2?

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

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

...solar panels that also includes how to build a pop can solar heater, or one using downspouts. The only downside that we find with solar air heaters is storing...

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

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

...Solar Panels Choosing the Best Woodstove Pellet stoves for off grid heating that don’t need electricity

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