Thermal solar / Discussions

Will evacuated thermal solar tubes work for a greenhouse in winter?

...thermal tubes might be the best option since theres no risk of fire or electricity required (winter doesnt have much sun for solar panels) could you tell me if ...

Posted by Solus Lee Una Feb. 22, 2021, 6:09 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

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 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 2 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

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 an air heated slab on grade radiant floor DIY install video...

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?

...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 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

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

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...thermal mass couch in my new passive solar home. if I have A hyper sealed, plastic wrapped A rated home and a fireplace or even an exhaust fan. Then isn't it th...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 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 3 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

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

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 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?

...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

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

Which is the best way of solar heating an indoor public swimming pool to save operating costs?

...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

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