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Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...heating has yet to be a viable and reliable option for well-balanced home heating. Until now …. When looking for a heat-storage solution that would allow us to incorporate solar-air heating panels into our design in an "engineered" and reliable way, we approached Legalett , a manufacturer of slab-on-grade insulating ...

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 ...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...heating the air in my house". Read more here about the importance of balancing insulation for energy efficiency. Heating a floor increases the temperature differential between the concrete and the ground below it, which increases the rate of heat loss. Contrary to common beliefs, heat does not rise. Warm air rises, b...

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

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...heating, electrically-heated mats are sometimes installed below the tiles in bathroom floors for added comfort. What you don’t see a lot of, are floors heated with air. Electric wire radiant floor heating © Ecohome How to make air-heated floors work: Since the first forced-air heatin...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...heating elements. We have installed one to provide much of the base load of heating, as well as to ensure that the house would never freeze again regardless of any issues with the electrical system. How to size this new heater? I relied on the boiler company to help make this decision with the original heating syst...

Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

...heating but they are often noisy and need fixing and we decided they wouldn't be needed. Related topics to how well heat pumps work In LEED or Passive House homes : The benefits of coupling air source and water heater heat pumps Comparing ground source (geothermal) and air source heat pumps Video green buildi...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...heating. The continuing oxidation and hardening of the surface causes a temporary yellowish color called ambering. But a few hours of exposure to light makes the ambering disappear. Finishes can be applied before or after the ambering disappears. While floors made from the renewable woods cork and bamboo remain pop...

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...

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 though in new or renovated Green high efficiency homes and when looking for heating zero energy homes , is that as the percentage of electricity generation by renewable sources increases, so does your heating system by default reduce it's carbon footprint. Electric heat sources: Heating with electricity is ...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...heating costs. There is also the matter of conductivity - a wood floor and a concrete floor at the same temperature would feel very different since concrete conducts heat much better, making it seem either warmer or colder than a wood floor of the same temperature. It is important to note that including in-floor heat...