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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

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

...solar tracker mount . We have an article on that very topic, see here – Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts It can be more expensi...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the perfect wall assembly?

...solar passive house. Your video on ''build the perfect wall - top tips'' is very inspiring and I shall use many of the tips. As a slight variation to what is pr...

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

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

What is the most efficient passive home design?

Are styrofoam forms a good idea? To find the most efficient Passive House wall, if your intention is to reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing mate...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 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 are solar battery storage alternatives?

...solar power? Here is our guide to choosing home batteries , and you could also check into saltwater home batteries as well. Tnx for the reply, it's going to...

Posted by Sasha Nazarchuk Sept. 21, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses