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Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...heated concrete floor in the lower level with four zones (one for each bedroom and one for the bathroom), and two hydronic baseboard registers upstairs. This system provides amazingly warm and comfy floors in the bedrooms when we run the heating system. Some people with heated floors don't get to have the warm foot exp...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...floor adhesives with zero volatile organic compounds A DIY Green living roof Under-slab high performance radon barrier Formaldehyde-free Kitchen Cabinets Split system air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High effi...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...flooring and floor joists and filling the void with clean fill and insulation and pouring a concrete floor on top makes more sense. Voila, you now have a slab-on-grade foundation . You can then have either have a beautifully sealed and polished concrete floor or install eco-friendly hardwood flooring on top of the conc...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...heated concrete floors, this can make heating with electricity a more realistic option in regions with high peak rates. A radiant floor can be charged with heat overnight during low rate hours, and timed to stay off during peak rate hours. Comfort: Contrary to what most people would naturally assume to be true, a the...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...floor that can be much easier to maintain. Check out our page on eco-friendly floor finishes for more information. For more information on eco-friendly paints and wood finishes, see here . From the EcoHome Green Building Guides Indoor air quality and VOCs Health Canada Indoor Air Quality Recommendations EPA I...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...heated air into the living space. So in order to take advantage of that passively heated air, you will greatly increase the interior relative humidity of your house. Combine that with un-insulated exterior walls and you have the ideal environment for condensation to collect and mold to form. And as it requires more e...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...Heated air rises through metal fins, while cold air is drawn in through the bottom. Baseboard heaters can be controlled in a zone system, with thermostats in each room. This can help reduce overall consumption by enabling you to keep temperatures lower in infrequently used areas. Optimum placement of baseboard heat...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...floor and brick walls where the sun hits. The more complicated aspect of his heating strategy involves an air-to-water heat pump powered by photovoltaic solar panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distributed through his radiant floors. Along with provi...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...floors or air heated radiant floors . The financial investment put towards the comfort of radiant floors can arguably be redirected towards insulation instead. Radiant floor heat is a comfortable heat, but with sufficient subfloor insulation you can mitigate the discomfort of cold associated with concrete floors by kee...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...air in between. The insulated greenhouse is heated with a reclaimed forced-air furnace that is that activated automatically by a thermostat when the temperature drops below the established threshold. The heating system stops automatically when the control temperature is reached. To compare Greenhouse Kits online wi...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...Air Heaters , and EcoHome's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor in the EcoHome Green Building Guides .