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Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

...heat needed from the active heating systems is 9,286 kWh (25% of the reference home). Part of the reason this figure is so low is due to the passive solar heat ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...heat is not one of them. Having a reliable and manually controlled heat source can enable you to heat your home in the absence of power. The more effici...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...home operation, the biggest risk to home comfort and security in a power outage is not being able to heat your home. Lighting with candles and eating a cold din...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...heaters are fairly well insulated these days, and the heat lost from insulated pipes is really nothing to write home about. All that heat loss isn’t even a loss...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...heat loss and on top of that this home has walls insulated to R-60 and the ceiling to R-100. Hyper-insulating a home will add cost of course, up until a certa...

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? Reduce heat loss & maximize free heat gains... Tips to reduce energy use by good pool design 1) Pool Insulation to reduce heat loss: When plann...

Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

...home. Air leakage can be responsible for up to 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home and cause significant moisture damage in walls, as one small hole can be res...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...heating and cooling - invest in really good windows, face as many of them south as you can to gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that free hea...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...heat loss from your roof: Icicles on a roof are caused by heat escaping, pure and simple . So many homes have them that we have grown accustomed to seeing the...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...loss of about 100 W. The net loss you experience will vary depending on the thermal performance of the home . If you have cold walls and windows, heat radiating...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes, yet be on par with those homes in its annual cost to own and operate. Design for heat retention...