Passive solar home design

Passive Solar Index Home - super high efficiency
Passive solar home design

Passive Solar Index Home Case Study

Project team Design and Construction: McClure Construction Registration date:  April 15, 2016 Region: Drummondville, Quebec Type of construction: Single-family new home PSI rating: 41 kWh / m² Estimation method: Measured Products worthy of mention Fenplast, IsoPlus casement windows VanEE, VRC Silver Series - 90H-V EC…

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
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Passive solar home construction

This is the first in a series of videos on how to build passively-heated homes.… WATCH MORE VIDEOs about passive solar home design & construction here This is the first in a series of videos on passive solar home construction, we begin with passive solar design basics, orienting the future house on the site to take f…

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
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how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

How to build a slab-on-grade with a thickened edge on standard soil… There are many ways to build a slab-on-grade (or frost-protected shallow foundation), the following is a step-by-step walk though of a thickened-edge slab floor we built. XPS or EPS high-density foam is typically used under concrete slab floors, in t…

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
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Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

The Kenogami House holds the highest LEED score achieved in Canada (106), meets Passive House performance of 15 kWh per square meter and won a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder© Media.… Along with its unprecedented achievements, the Kenogami House continues to act as a laboratory for resilient, cold climate bu…

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
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Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

With the help of the Ecohome design team, home builder Alain Hamel builds "The Most Resilient House in North America".… The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high p…

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
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The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

Harold Orr introduced us to some of the most essential components of durable and energy efficient homes. Here is a look back at the passive solar heated house he designed that revolutionized the housing industry.… While developing pages on passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, and writing about Passive House, we we…

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
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Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

The Conservation House in Saskatchewan was built in 1977, and was a revolutionary building design that introduced passive heating and cooling to modern Passive House home building.… Passive House Design, how does it work? If you've ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, particularly when wearing sho…

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
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Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

The basics on passive heating and cooling homes, as when building a green high performance & healthy home, free heat is a good start… What is Passive Solar Heating & Cooling? Passive heating and cooling of homes is not new. The above image is of Mesa Verde National Park, the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings in Color…

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

With a southern orientation and well placed windows, passive solar homes can potentially reduce heating requirements by an easy 25% without adding any cost by designing around a good Passive Solar Index score… Homes heated by the sun's free heat! Passive Solar Houses are aptly named because there are no wires, panels …