Airtight fireplaces / Guides

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

Air Tightness in Houses - All about Balancing Air Pressure in the Home We go on incessantly here about the importance of air barriers in home construction to reduce air leakage , but no matter how hard you worked to make a house airtight, if the pressure isn't balanced you will be sucking air in or forcing it out an...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves are either EPA-certified or meet the CSA B 415 standard. High performance masonry heaters and wood cook stoves are exempt. Combustion space and water heating equipment (such as natural gas) must be either closed combustion, have power-vented exhaust, be detached from the ...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...fireplaces: All gas fireplaces can be operated without power. The options are either have a CPI (continuous pilot ignition) where a pilot light is always burning, or an IPI (intermittent pilot ignition) that does not have a constantly lit pilot light and instead uses power, but it would have the ability to be lit using...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...airtight a house is will be a deciding factor on how big the passive solar air heatr needs to be to make a difference. Cloud coverage: In areas that are regularly overcast, like Vancouver noth shore in Canada or Pescadero in California for example, it may not be worth the cost and hassle to either buy or build one. C...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...airtightness , super insulation for homes and a heat recovery ventilation system in an attempt to produce Zero Energy homes by design. Harold Orr has won many awards for his work, but he said he wasn't expecting the Order of Canada; " It almost floored me, I wasn't expecting this at all. " We love that Orr said he ...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...airtight or pretty drafty? Will your wood stove be the main heat source or just supplementary? Is your house poorly, moderately or super-insulated? Since there is no way for a wood stove manufacturer to know how well-insulated or airtight your house is, square footage and BTU output numbers are valuable for finding o...