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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...In-floor radiant heating Air-to-water heat exchange system as principal heat source Energy usage monitoring system Rainwater harvesting system Carbonized bamboo floors Custom open bamboo staircase FSC Certified solid wood cabinetry High efficiency toilets Pre-wiring for electric vehicle charging Bea...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...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-performance insulation ...

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...

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...

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...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

Here is our DIY video of how to lay down tubing for our radiant floor in the Edelweiss House. We have a 10 zone system, allowing floor temperatures in each room to be controlled independently. HePex tubing was provided by Uponor, who also use building plans to give customers a zone plan to follow making the install ...

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 ...