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What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

We are currently looking into the passive solar design (newbies) and it appears that a concrete floor with radiant heat will help to hold heat within the house...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 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 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

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 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

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

Where can I find salt water batteries?

...solar systerm for my house. I am very interested in the company you spoke about. Thanks! Shelley The arrival of saltwater home solar batteries on the market for...

Posted by S Conrad June 23, 2020, 9:52 p.m. Renewable energy 3 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

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...solar tubes are the better choice energy wise -if I were starting a new build, that's what I would choose. But do you think that I should close in my skylights ...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 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?

...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 1 Responses

Are saltwater home batteries availability in the USA?

...solar power, but the one company we found that came to market with a product doesn't seem to be in business anymore unfortunately. We have yet to hear of any ot...

Posted by David Meckes April 11, 2020, 5:13 p.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

what would a saltwater home battery bank be for solar applications?

...solar home battery technologies When you are sizing a solar array to power a home there are some variables that needs to be entered, the fridge is just a part...

Posted by Jordon Morishita June 25, 2020, 11:17 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

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

...solar thermal collectors for a public pool is more of a commercial application, where we specialize in residential building solutions. We see people build a lot...

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

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

...solar gain even if you choose a coating designed for the northern climate. (I am in Ontario 44 degrees north). My application would have 5x5 ft fixed windows wi...

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

Do you sell and ship kits in the southwest United States?

...solar, septic and hauled water/water catchment system. Looking for an environmentally friendly kit. Thanks. Tracey We are hoping to be able to deliver high perf...

Posted by Tracey Locke May 31, 2020, 12:57 p.m. Architecture and plan design 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

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...solar air floor as your basement floor? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much!

Posted by Lisa Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 0 Responses