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High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...fireplaces: An open fireplace in a home is about as inefficient a heat source as can be imagined. While open fireplaces provide warmth to the immediate area, ...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...fireplaces do still add ambiance to any home, making it frankly more "homely", so If you do want a wood burning stove or chimney insert & need to know how to si...

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!"

...fireplaces (that aren't vented directly to the outside) will remove oxygen and require makeup air. Houses that are fairly air tight and that have negative air p...

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

...fireplaces is; Burn Dry Wood! Maximum moisture content should be considered around the 15-20% range, so when choosing firewood, make the humidity a consideratio...

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 burnin...

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?

...Fireplaces & Stove), Wood Stove and (The Grill Bowl), Grill High-efficiency plumbing and water fixtures Clean water is essential for life, but most people i...

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 exe...

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?

...Fireplaces & Stove), Wood Stove and (The Grill Bowl), Grill High-efficiency plumbing and water fixtures Clean water is essential for life, but most people i...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...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 stor...

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 Burning Stoves - which are best & which burn cleanest? Reading the specifications of a wood stove can be rather complicated, so how do you choose? Let's...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...fireplaces "back in the day," Harold Orr might have spent his life doing other stuff rather than advancing building technology for the planet's benefit! Later...