Combustion / Guides

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...combustion takes place. This is the heat-producing stage. It occurs at two different temperature levels: primary and secondary combustion. Primary Combustion: The process by which gases are released from wood and burned is called primary combustion. Primary combustion begins at about 540° F, continues toward 900° F...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...combustion is condensed and recovers the latent heat of condensation. This is a very efficient combustion system, somewhere in the area of 90% to 97%. There is also very little loss during the transmission of heat energy. With a conventional boiler: This is a clean burn and it emits very few particles. However, overa...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...combustion appliances, venting requirements and ventilation systems. 2.1 Basic combustion venting measures: Meet all of the following requirements: Ensure there are no unvented combustion appliances. Install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor. Ensure all fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves are ei...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...combustion. These models are not recommended because they draw in and evacuate heat from the home and because a defect in the seal of the combustion chamber could – in the event of flow reversal or depressurisation – lead to a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Higher-end models of gas-fired instantaneous water hea...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...Combustion , we have been monitoring the levels (which are now about 80% lower) and will continue to adjust the flow-rates as well as intake and exhaust locations for optimum radon removal. We will document that process fully in the near future, but that’s not what I’m currently here to tell you. I was surprised when...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...combustion appliances (woodstoves, gas water heaters, gas ranges, etc.). Following that would be formaldehyde, VOCs and other chemicals in building materials and furnishings. All these factors lead to indoor air being many times more polluted than outdoor air, which you then filter with your lungs. We think it's impo...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...combustion engine vehicles. The economic case for the Tesla roof follows that same principle. The Tesla solar roof tiles integrate with identical non-solar ones for a seamless look we like When can I get a Tesla solar roof? The answer to that is, don’t hold your breath. That’s a supply and demand issue, and i...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...combustion is once they reach sorting facilities and often go through mechanical sorting and compressing equipment. So please remember to always treat computers, phones and batteries as dangerous toxic waste and only dispose of them through the proper channels. Now you know more about sorting home recycling c...

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

...Combustion process of wood . These Guides for Green Building brought you by the team at EcoHome.

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...combustion burner or re-burner, this refers to metal tubes or baffles in the top of your stove's firebox where much of your combustion and heat comes from. Efficient and certified woodstoves start at about $1,500 dollars, and go easily up to $3,000 or more with size and aesthetics. Given the risk of fire and indoor a...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...combustion appliances Poorly maintained chimneys Open fire placesLeaking wood stoves Improperly sealed garages attached to homes Make sure any combustible appliances are well maintained, install CO detectors on each floor of your house, and if possible avoid attached garages. If you have an atta...