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How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation is the greenest here , all from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...heating We use propane to do our domestic hot water heating, with an indirect water heater powered by our propane boiler (see post about our heating system here ). Our boiler has a set of heating loops that come off of it, and one of those loops goes inside the water tank. A heat exchanger consisting of a set of copp...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Heating: Each Belgravia Green home will have a completely different heating system. One home will have geothermal heating, which requires a slightly higher initial investment but runs at approximately 250% efficiency. Electric baseboard heaters will heat another home, are 100% efficient and require a low initia...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...heating and cooling • green roofs to moderate indoor temperatures and mitigate the heat-island effect • interior design and the use of thermal mass to facilitate passive-heating strategies • climate specific design: insulation, waterproofing, soundproofing, air barriers and vapour control • high efficiency wind...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...heating. Applied Sciences then decided to make the design widely available to others along with an introduction to wind power, hoping that others might improve the design and functionality. Hence the beauty of open source design. The freely downloadable construction guide includes a list of necessary materials, recom...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...heating system across Canada and also fitted as a budget heating system across the USA , so they are well known. They are inexpensive to buy and relatively quick to install, which is also probably a large part of the reason they are so often chosen. Electric baseboard heaters are basically zone heaters. They are typi...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...heating strategies here. A house with 60% of its windows facing south ( passive solar ) may have its heating requirements reduced by as much as 25% for virtually no cost. It is important that it be properly-designed to avoid overheating though, or you will negate any heat savings with air conditioning in the summer. ...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...heating coils, you are simply operating fans, so they are relatively cheap to run. And you will certainly save money overall, as heating moist air eats up a lot of energy. Depending on the quality of the machine you buy, you can expect to recoup anywhere from 50% of the heat in the air, to as much as 95%. Plan on spe...

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

...heating in the slab foundation. Heating water with PV instead of thermal solar panels: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but there is strong case supporting the use of PV panels for heating water over thermal solar systems in Net Zero Energy homes , though recent innovations such as Viessman's Vitosol solar th...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...heating systems and the utility bills that come with them. When a design team focuses on heat retention rather than heat generation, the net result can be a home that is cheaper to own and operate; not far into the future but right from day one. Added building costs are offset monthly by lower heating costs, and expe...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...Heating , "The sensible heat transfer that you have between the body and space is predominantly a radiant transfer, it's not air-based. The ASHRAE handbooks, medical journals and the journals on indoor environmental ergonomics are very clear on that, that roughly 60% of the transfer of heat between the human body and t...