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Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...heaters will heat another home, are 100% efficient and require a low initial investment - though baseboard heaters can be noisy so may need to be fixed . The showhome will be heated with an air source heat pump which is a specially designed heat pump for cold weather climates. Efficiencies range from 100%-400% depend...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...air-to-water heat pump which will serve as an air conditioner. In effect this will prevent the home from overheating during consecutive sunny days in winter, while producing hot water essentially for free. Heat extracted from indoor air will be transferred to the existing hot water tank, allowing excess daytime heat ...

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

Heating with electricity

...heating zero energy homes , is that as the percentage of electricity generation by renewable sources increases, so does your heating system by default reduce it's carbon footprint. Electric heat sources: Heating with electricity is not defined by just noisy baseboard heaters or an electric forced-air furnace. The e...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...air-source heat pump was able to keep the house comfortable; we only used our back-up wood stove eight or nine times to supplement the point-source heat pump or provide the ambiance that only a wood fire can provide. This ability of a house to maintain reasonably comfortable (safe) conditions on the coldest winter ni...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...heat , varying amounts of heat will be absorbed and stored when the sun is up, and released later when the sun goes down and the room begins to cool. But once that supply of heat is depleted, and in the absence of a supplementary heat source, the room will rapidly lose energy to the outside through the large glazing ar...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...heat sources: An air-heated radiant floor system from Legalett with an estimated 60-70% of the total heat load being provided by solar air heating panels , which also act to pre-heat domestic hot water in the summer. A heat pump that operates down to -25 °C that can triple the heat generated per kWh of electricit...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...heat sources: An air-heated radiant floor system from Legalett with an estimated 60-70% of the total heat load being provided by solar air heating panels , which also act to pre-heat domestic hot water in the summer. A heat pump that operates down to -25 °C that can triple the heat generated per kWh of electricit...

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

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

...air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High efficiency ceiling fans for air circulation Triple-glazed argon filled wooden framed passive house standard windows First performance benchmark for Edelweiss: Passive Solar ...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...air barrier, but EPS and mineral wool are not. Air doesn’t leak through intact concrete but it is quite likely that crawlspace walls will leak air. If you have a stone foundation, old cracked concrete or cinderblocks, bringing the poly barrier up the wall and sealing it to the rim joists will provide you with an air ba...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and distribute heat over extended periods of time making the most of thermal mass acting like a heat battery . Heat pumps powered by photovoltaics: A heat pump i...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...air-conditioning, but the family found that closing shutters and curtains still didn’t provide enough respite from the heat, so they connected to the electrical grid after a few years and installed an air-to-water heat pump that provides air-conditioning in summer and a portion of heat in winter, which reduces the dema...