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

...solar panels that also includes how to build a pop can solar heater, or one using downspouts. The only downside that we find with solar air heaters is storing...

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

I have been doing a bit of research lately on solar power, grid-tied and backup systems. As we plan to build a house to Passive House standards, is there any w...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 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 is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...solar for electricity and rain/lake water for water. I want the house to be as well insulated as possible so I have to generate less electricity, so I'm wonderi...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...solar heat from the south facing windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There's a bed of compacted gravel alrea...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 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

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

...solar heating options are linked below. Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on Grade for LEED, Passive, ZNE Wood Pellet stoves that don't need electrici...

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

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...solar gain through the windows ever. The big benefit with shutters is that I could close them when we're not home (improved security) or on rooms that aren't be...

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