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LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...heat a home. We are also fortunate in Quebec to have an abundant source of clean and renewable energy, so along with the pellet stove the house has an electric furnace, though its intention is primarily as a backup heat source only. LEED Platinum prefab home © Roman Szumski Prefab LEED & Pas...

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...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...electrical current, and their conversion rate ranges from 6% up to around 20%. What that means, is that of the amount of sun hitting a panel, between 6 and 20% is converted into electricity. No information is available yet as to where the Tesla Solar Roof fall on that scale. The best proven performance is with panels...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...heated when in use. Heat loss is minimized by high standards of insulation and air tightness. Standard heating is by way of an electric radiator, which is a highly efficient way to heat a small, independent and highly insulated space. 'Pods' can be fitted with small wood stoves as well. The fibreglass insulation ...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...heating Air-to-water heat exchange system as principal heat source Energy usage monitoring system Rainwater harvesting system Carbonized bamboo floors Custom open bamboo staircase FSC Certified solid wood cabinetry High efficiency toilets Pre-wiring for electric vehicle charging Beachaus I is now wa...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...heating system. A PH-certified Zehnder Comfoair 200 was chosen for the HRV, with a 92% heat-recovery rate. In the supply air from the HRV is a Thermolec 2000 Watt resistance heater unit which self-modulates the heat output. This unit provides all the heat needed to maintain the home comfortably at 20°C on a grey wint...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...electricity for lighting, heating, cooking, bathing, and even charging an electric car for an extended daily commute. And if you’re into the latest tech gadgets for micro-power generation, off grid living or energy efficiency, check out some of these – the pedal-powered washing machine , the Trinity portable wind tur...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...heating, water heating, lighting and all interior electrical loads. At Quebec hydro rates of only 7.13 cents /kWh, the entire heating and electrical load would amount to approximately $665.00 CAD per year or just under $42 US per month (check your local utility rates to get a more accurate cost estimate for your locati...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...heat transfer fluid. This prevents panels from freezing but introduces new problems in the summer months when they are at risk of overheating. There are two main types of residential solar thermal heaters; flat plate and evacuated tube . Both use a glycol mix in cold climates, and both are susceptible to overheating ...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...electric water heaters ; if you heat with electricity, have a home energy audit done and perform necessary upgrades; keep electric furnaces clean and working efficiently; to further reduce the necessary system size, pay attention to personal habits. As a couple of examples - don’t blast your AC in the summer; was...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...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 demand on the gasoline-powered generator. Part of the energy captured by the solar panels is now resold through the power g...