Solar thermal / Discussions

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

...solar air heaters is storing the heat. If you incorporate thermal mass into it you can get more production from your solar panel, as it will act as a thermal ba...

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

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...solar water thermal system in to supply heat for the basement in-floor system and also pre-heat the domestic hot water tank to reduce required electricity consu...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 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?

...thermal 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 hea...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

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

...thermal mass and good overhangs would double or triple glaze Argon filled windows be appropriate without the Low E coating? The Low E coating does reduce the so...

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

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

...thermal conductance, transmittance, solar gain, etc.) Eliminating thermal bridging Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geothermal hea...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...thermals into them and replace them in the rough openings? If so, that sounds like a ton of work to do with old triple pane thermals , and depending on their cu...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 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

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

...thermal mass walls. I.e if the sun only reaches 2 metres into the living space, then is there a point in placing thermal mass 5 metres into the living space ? ...

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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...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 footing ...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 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 next winter and we're pretty excite...

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

What is the best solar water heating system?

...thermal 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...

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

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...thermal mass inside the home, so if you invest in a very efficient wall assembly and airtight building envelope, you can often wait out a heat wave (at least on...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...solar gain in mind, we have no regrets. Great question to bring up, thanks!

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

I'm looking to build a small single level passive solar orientated house with double walls or Larson truss (either would have dense pack cellulose) on a slab f...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

...thermal bridging that would come by having used long nails as some builders do. So when we removed the forms the cement board was anchored through the insulat...

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