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Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...heating tank through which other water feeds pass and absorb that heat. This can be used to preheat domestic hot water as well as the liquid in hydronic heating systems. More recently, we've also seen the advent of Solar air-heated systems that heat floors in winter and use excess heat generated in summer to heat your ...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

All about LED filament bulbs

...heat, not light. LED is the opposite - about 80-90% of their energy consumption is converted into light, so they emit very little heat in comparison to incandescent bulbs. They are safer in terms of being a fire hazard or even just burning your fingers on occasion and they will also help with comfort in summer months...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...heat , specifically floors. Walls and ceilings can equally be heated and cooled, it is just much less common. Studies seem to show that there isn't a lot of energy savings reported in homes with heated floors, despite the fact that, in theory, there should be. Radiant floor heat temperatures © Uponor With heate...

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

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

...heating a house like this with electricity based on high daytime rates. As a house such as this requires very little heat to begin with, its passive heating by design and ability to retain heat by a combination of thermal mass and high performance insulation and building envelope design would make it very easy to limit...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...heat battery . Heat pumps powered by photovoltaics: A heat pump is about 2/3rds more efficient than other sources of electric resistance heat such as boilers, baseboard radiators or forced-air electric furnaces. This would then reduce the number of solar panels required to heat your home with electricity by about, yo...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...heat the battery with one touch on your phone. I do that for the battery but I never bother pre-heating the cabin since the delivery of heat is instant once you get in. It’s not like a gas-powered car where you need to let it run a while before it will deliver any heat to the cabin. And that’s what I meant about why ...

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 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 electricity consumed (300% efficiency) compared to other sources of electric resistance heat .The heat pump include...

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 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 electricity consumed (300% efficiency) compared to other sources of electric resistance heat .The heat pump include...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...heat exchangers , HVACs (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) or HRVs (Heat Recovery Ventilators). The point of these systems is to remove moisture and provide fresh air to your home that is pre-heated by the outgoing air. © Van EE The core of an HRV has small separated channels that air passes through, a...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...heat needed from the active heating systems is 9,286 kWh (25% of the reference home). Part of the reason this figure is so low is due to the passive solar heat gain coming through all of the windows, to the tune of 4,306 kWh/year. Putting these figures together shows that over 31% of the total heating needed for this h...

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

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...heating, water heating, cooking, and almost everything else, powered by a 12 kW solar-electric system—we can heat the place just fine with our small wood stove if we need to. Moving our focus outdoors As the cold of winter gradually ceded control to the sunshine of spring, I was only too ready to turn my attention ...