Heating systems / Guides

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...heating though in new or renovated Green high efficiency homes and when looking for heating zero energy homes , is that as the percentage of electricity generation by renewable sources increases, so does your heating system by default reduce it's carbon footprint. Electric heat sources: Heating with electricity is ...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...heating a pool over the long term. 2) Optimize Pool Mechanical Systems - (For the Vets out there, the 7P's) : A well planned pool pump and filtration system helps energy efficiency & saves money . Plan from the beginning for extra valves to be fitted in pipe runs so that additional pool heating systems like a heat ...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...heating systems, all done according to the engineered building plans and directions. All slab images courtesy of Legalett . Compacting gravel for under a raft foundation Insulated slab forming systems Corner detail for insulated slab forming system Skirt detail for frost protected shallow foundati...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...systems, to ensure ducts are installed correctly and that they will provide the necessary air flow to all rooms. This is the job of the HVAC contractor, and an example of where an accountability form will need to be signed by the contractor ensuring proper steps have been taken. 7.1 Good filters Forced air systems ...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...systems. Since indoor air cannot be replaced easily under these conditions, internal sources of air pollution must be avoided as well. Ventilation systems and HRV / ERV systems should be equipped with suitable filters , and a portable air cleaner is also recommended. Particulate matter is one of the main hazards rele...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...heating panel that can release air in summer to prevent overheating when the panel isn't actively in use - as "cooking" a panel . You could also apply the principles of passive heating and cooling by placing the panel under the eave where it will have full exposure with the low winter sun but be shaded when the sun i...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...systems, such as in-floor radiant heating , high-velocity cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures and high-efficiency lighting . Complementary to this approach, a key sustainable strategy was the decision not to increase the footprint of the house and to maintain the existing exterior brick walls while adding high-perfor...

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

...heating needed for this home is accomplished by sun streaming in the windows. I've taken just enough of a look at the passive solar heating literature to know that this is roughly as high as one should go with passive solar heating in a home unless one is willing to endure unwelcome overheating on warm sunny days in ...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...systems and how to use them, so you aren't left scratching your head with a stack of manuals. One feature that the gadget freaks will love about the Beachaus I is the ipad mounted into the wall. This is the systems control centre and it can be operated with a smartphone. You can remotely control temperature, lighting...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...heating and cooling. Heat security: Having significant thermal mass in your home can be a big advantage in winter in the case of power outages, as virtually all commonly chosen heating systems rely on electricity to at least get started. If your house has heat stored in mass inside the building envelope, it will slow...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...heating systems For those that rely on air conditioning to keep a home cool during extreme heat waves, the investment in mechanical systems and the operational energy costs can be significant , and that will continue to grow just as the frequency and severity of extreme heat advisories grows. The environmental impa...