Geothermal / Guides

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...geothermal ground-source heat pump and its roof is equipped with solar panels. The building is therefore able to produce more energy during its lifetime (around 30,500 kWh per year) than the total amount of energy that will eventually be used for its entire construction, operation and demolition. The school, which is...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...geothermal heating system in the future to extend the growing period to a full four seasons. Type of crop & yield: No special soil was used, and it is fortified using only organic or natural fertilizer. The crop includes an assortment of greens and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, snow peas, swiss c...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home? And to see more guide pages in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings - Click Here

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...geothermal component (250 foot glycol loop that runs seven feet underground) to preheat or precool air being fed into the air exchanger. For additional heat we installed two little mini-split heat pumps (one head on the ground floor and another upstairs) which can extract heat from the outside air down to temperature...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...geothermal heating and cooling, where the heat is either taken from, or added back to the ground. Heat pumps may sound like a pretty magical device that can accomplish anything; however they do have a few important downsides. First of all, their performance is very much dependent on the climate. In very cold climates...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if possible, has glazing oriented to the south for passive heat gain . Energy efficiency, i...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...Geothermal system was installed in accordance with CSA standards The heat pump has been sized to your entire home Your energy advisor will upload your before and after photos for you. You need to keep copies of your documents until March 31, 2028. Note that the federal grants are not taxable and do not have to ...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...geothermal heating ) or water source heat pumps. What are the different types of heat pumps? Is electric heating expensive? Depending on local utility rates, yes, it can sometimes be fairly expensive to heat with electricity. The key to heating efficiently with electricity anywhere, is to cut your home heatin...