Heated floors / Guides

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...heated or not. Without purchasing battery-powered heated socks you will have cold feet for the rest of your life. An Insulated Slab-on-grade floor © Ecohome If a house has a substandard slab but is otherwise a strong candidate for a retrofit, look into the cost to rebuild it. You can add insulation, a heating s...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...floors were originally heated with a condensing boiler, that was since replaced by a solar thermal battery . A condensing boiler is so named because the system recovers energy from the condensation of water vapour contained in the fumes of combustion. For condensation to occur, it is essential for water to be at lower ...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...floors. The percentage of your heating demand that a collector will provide in any situation depends on solar availability and consumption; meaning, how efficient your home is, how big your pool is or how much hot water you consume. Keep in mind that the cheapest way to ensuring a solar collector provides a high perc...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...heated, the right amount of insulation will save you money. Rule #1 for the right amount of home insulation Heat always moves from hot areas to cold areas. Heat movement can never be stopped, but it can be slowed down. That's what insulation is for. Many high performance home builders in the USA have proposed the...

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

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

...heated house, so we reckoned that much of the LEED program requirements would be happening anyway in this build - but it was interesting how the new LEED V4 approach involved more integrative processes. This required all team members to be actively involved during the project, allowing them to work together to discover...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...heated the house during the first two years: Fuel cost : $0.00 Electricity for Pumps : $40.00 Maintenance: $10,000.00* Total $10,040.00 per year If we had heated the house with oil the expected costs would have been: Fuel cost: $33.00 Electricity for fans: $40.00 Maintenance: $100.00 Total cost $173.0...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...floors , slab on grade construction step by step , Raft slabs for building on soft soils , and anything else about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...heated floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and distribute heat over extended periods of time making the most of thermal mass acting like a heat battery . Heat pumps powered by photovoltaics: A heat pump is about 2/3rds more efficient than other so...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...floors and coves. Hayward TigerShark - This cleaner uses filter cartridges instead of bags. It has a three-hour cleaning system and excellent suction. It will also not only clean from the bottom it will clean the sides and even the steps of your pool as well. AquaVac 500 Series – This one is super easy to use. It h...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...floors you can see that much more heat is contained by the insulation. Also worth noting is the light red colour of the uninsulated floor indicates a cooler temperature that the white-coloured insulated floors, which is less comfortable for occupants. Despite the constant temperature of the earth just below frost dep...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or a crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a mini (and dysfunctional) basement, so you get most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back and bruises on your head if you try...