Solar panels / Discussions

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 panel to buy, or were you looking for instructions on how to build a solar thermal water heater? There are commercially available solar pool heaters, li...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 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

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

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 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

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

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 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

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...solar panels or geothermal aren't necessary as the demand is so low to begin with. Here is a more detailed page about the Edelweiss House heating systems . An...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 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 your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...panels) usually made of rigid EPS (expanded polystyrene) panels . There are also companies that will take your building plans and create walls to match that can...

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