In-floor heating systems / Guides

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

...in-floor radiant heating, be sure to have it designed by engineer to properly locate the heating delivery system so as not to affect the structural integrity of the slab. Raft slab Installation First the formed edge pieces are laid in place, the corners need to be squared and secured in their location. following ...

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

Heating with electricity

...Heating cables can be run under both tiles and engineered hardwood. This is not a cheap system to install, but it is a very comfortable way to deliver heat. Radiant in-floor heat can also be achieved through hydronic heating systems , which when heating with water from an electric boiler again offers the same number of...

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...

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...

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...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...heating systems where the primary intention is to heat the air. The lack of reported energy savings with houses that have in-floor heat could be a case of people leaving thermostats where they always have and just basking in the greater comfort of a warm floor and balanced heat. If they aren't saving energy and money...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...heating and coolling loads inccured by having higher relative humidity levels. Basement dehumidifiers can help keep keep humidity levels manageable. Please see our page on retrofitting existing basements . CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Exterior insulation only: fiber cement board and parging ab...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...in-floor heat despite having very little insulation, and even one that had in-floor heat with no insulation at all. The one with no insulation could still be made comfortable, but at an astronomical heating cost. I personally would never consider retrofitting an old house on a poorly-insulated slab, heated or not. With...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...heating systems facilitate zone heating as you can keep different rooms at different temperatures. Though different from electric resistance heating, hydronic systems are ultimately still using electricity to generate heat, so all the same environmental realities apply. Heating the liquid in a hydronic system can be ...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...heating systems like forced-air furnaces, ventilation air is typically mixed with the already-heated indoor air to achieve the temperatures listed above. Because that option isn’t available with radiant heating systems, a touch up heater must be used with ventilation air. Most HVAC systems will offer it and it is not a...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...systems to further enhance the performance and thermal comfort of his home. The next system to be installed will be an air-to-water heat pump which will serve as an air conditioner. In effect this will prevent the home from overheating during consecutive sunny days in winter, while producing hot water essentially for f...