Home heat loss / Guides

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...

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

...heated home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here, the overview . or post 2 in the off-grid homes blog here covering design and construction choices . or ...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...heating systems. Gas fireplace: A gas fireplace is an efficient way to heat a home and it creates a nice atmosphere. Source heating is quite enjoyable, and it...

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...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...home from overheating in winter, yet keeps that heat to distribute later as the air begins to cool. Building a Net Zero Heat home is not some costly experimen...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...home design, and how to heat homes with the heat of sun, see here , for a finely engineered solution to high performance homes check out all you need to know ab...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...heaters: large stone masonry heaters are very expensive, but they are a very efficient way to heat with wood. While a wood stove provides heat primarily when bu...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...heating and cooling, and apparently Canadians are going to soon be eligible for free home energy audits, net zero home grants & interest-free home retrofit Loan...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...heat loss and the same amount of living space. Take a look at Passive solar home design page to learn how to passively heat a home. 6. Health risks: T...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...heat recovery unit © Ecohome Renewable energy and energy conservation: Other money-saving tips for a green home: Geothermal Heating: Geothermal heat...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...homes is heat security, as extreme weather events in cold months routinely drive residents from their homes for lack of power and heat. Homes that are better si...