Solar panels / Discussions

Where should you mount solar panels if you don't have space on your roof?

...solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts It can be more expensive on one hand to install a solar panel tracker, but you do save money by purchasing less p...

Posted by Dan Hynes Aug. 31, 2020, 9:23 a.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

...solar system into our design. Given that we are hoping to generate a portion of out own electricity what would be the best method of heating the house. Most peo...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...solar panel point – If you are looking to install solar panels for home resiliency in the event of an outage, go for it, but if its about doing your part as a g...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...Solar Air Panels to ensure a continuation of its closed loop system? In the last article about this latest demo house, it was stated that when the heated air ...

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 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 an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...solar panels to bring it to zero net energy once we fully assessed the true energy requirements over a year or two. As the house location is off-grid in the Nor...

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

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

...solar panels and have access to a variety of machines for digging and clearing land, and I know if I can create a reasonable plan I can get friends and family o...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Do I need CSA Approval to Build and Sell Solar Air Heaters?

...solar air heaters in Canada? That's an interesting question, but one that we are not really positioned to answer with confidence. I did speak with one manufactu...

Posted by Nathan Mackay Aug. 7, 2018, 8:26 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

...Solar Roof that you would expect to pay is about $21.85 per square foot USD. As an estimate, and according to Telsa’s published price for solar tiles, to cove...

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

Is solar air heating for a floor as efficient as solar hydronic?

...solar solution though and choosing between a solar water heater and a solar air heater, there you would for sure have more variables in terms of the initial cos...

Posted by Ryan Johnson Dec. 7, 2020, 9:02 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

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

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 is the perfect wall assembly?

I plan to build in the spring of 2021 and the intention is to super insulate my solar passive house. Your video on ''build the perfect wall - top tips'' is ver...

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

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

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...solar and water catchment etc.. I am interested in the prefab how do I get one how do I find/ I have been all over your site and many others and can not find th...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 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 infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...solar thermal air heating panels. Here are videos on both of those installations. Ecohome’s new demo house will be a slab on grade with Solar radiant floor he...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 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