Airtight wood stoves / Guides

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

...wood burner as a primary heat source and don't own your own woodland so are buying fuel in, in which case you could also consider a high efficiency and electricity free wood pellet stove by reading here . Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves look more like a fireplace from the days o...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...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 building, or...

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...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Wood stoves: This is the simplest heat source to have in the absence of power . Assuming you are in a region that allows them (they are banned in some urban cores), firewood is fairly easy to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves:...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...wood stoves and landfills. So in hindsight, cellulose would have been a great choice as there was tons of it around, and currently there still seems to be. In the end, for performance and cost, for good or bad, I was talked into insulating my home with EPS foam SIPS. I was a hard sell at first but for reasons of cost...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...wood-burning stoves or fireplaces , or if off-grid an electric-free wood pellet stove . Storing solar heat (thermal batteries): If you incorporate thermal mass into a home to store and release heat , you can distribute the heat collected over a longer period of time, and there are any number of creative ways to do ...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...wood stoves. Power is generated onsite by photovoltaic solar panels and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns and filtered for residential use; waste water is treated on site and used for growing food. The south-...