Heating systems / Guides

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...systems can be smelly affairs To know exactly how big an advance the Hydraloop is, you would really need to grasp what residential gray water recycling systems were like up until now . To learn that, we only need to go as far as the home of Ecohome co-founder Emmanuel Cosgrove in Montreal. His was the first LEED Plat...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...heating bills, and can cause damage to the interior of walls as many litres of water carried in warm air can pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A house with an EnerGuide rating is like a car with a safety check. It is an independent third party report on the quality of what you are buying, a...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...heating systems that no longer worked. The added durability measures taken at River District provides security against mechanical systems failure as a result of a storm. ParkLane is also the first developer in the city to build and operate its own district heating system. A high efficiency natural gas plant will heat...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...Heating systems and lights can be turned on or off, curtains and skylights can be opened or closed, home alarms activated or deactivated, doors locked or unlocked, dishwashers, washing machines and even electric vehicle chargers activated optimally for energy savings in conjunction with smart meters and flexible energy...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...systems. Most of this power is dumped straight into the batteries, which chemically store that electricity for later use. When power is needed for loads in the house, that 48V power coming from the batteries and charge controller is drawn into the inverter, which converts the power into the normal household power fou...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...systems are a direct interface between the inside air and the outside air, installed in a sleeve that passes through the wall. Lunos e² systems work in pairs: units are wired together to ensure the house is not pressurized or depressurized, one blows in while the other blows out; then after about a minute, they both re...

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?

...heating systems There are three high-efficiency top-up heating systems in this LEED & Passive House rated kit house, because as much as this high performance home is designed using Passive Solar design principles there are always periods of the year in cold northern US States like New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hamp...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...systems like HRV or ERV systems and even material selection. Upper steps will be a bit more challenging without specific training or experience building better performing envelopes. EcoHome will be providing online BC Energy Step Code Contractor training in the near future, so sign up to our newsletter here so we can c...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...heating, swimming pool heating, or in conjunction with hydronic radiant heaters or radiant 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 consu...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...systems pushes the air around your home. But this relies on buying the right air filters, and maintaining the system at the appropriate intervals - which is frankly a little hit or miss at times. Traditional air-circulating furnaces and heating systems in North America tend to be hidden away in basements or service roo...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...systems are normally accessible from the basement or a crawl space, but not so with a slab. The nature of a slab-on-grade means plumbing systems will be permanently fixed in the concrete and not easily modified. Installing a second toilet on an existing drain pipe is virtually impossible in this situation, so plan ah...