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Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...lower constant temperature during the day did in fact save a lot of energy, and for the following reason: The rate of heat loss increases as the temperature differential between two environments increases, and it does so in something of a bell curve. This applies to something as simple as a cup of hot coffee - a very...

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

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

...lower levels to replace it. It is the moisture in the warm air leaking out that condenses and can cause ice. Solutions: Again, a lower indoor humidity will help alleviate the problem of frozen door locks. Aside from that, graphite powder is the perfect lubricant for door locks and is available at most hardware stores...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...lower light transmittance on the roof. We recommend hail-resistant polycarbonate plastic with at least 2 air pockets for insulation. See this installed on our video here . 6.) Use Thermal Mass An extremely important part of solar greenhouse design is planning enough thermal mass , either via water, masonry or soil ...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...lower than an R2000 home Results like we are seeing here go a long way to dispelling the myth that building green homes costs more. And as news spreads of how little it cost to build and how little it costs to operate, we may soon hear of more LEED homes in the Yukon. © Forest Pearson

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...lower than code compliant construction of an equivalent house in Quebec. Six times lower - imagine the impact if all homes were built to reduce their carbon footprint by a factor of six! The first S1600 prefab home out of the factory was assembled in the Montreal Stadium for a 2019 home show, then was disassembled an...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...lower than your body temperature. By comparison, a typical natural gas furnace will generate heat at closer to 50 degrees Celsius, which is much more comfortable on a cold winter day. Some people find this lower temperature heat a little uncomfortable in colder weather, particularly in a poorly insulated house. So if...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...lower on another; the relationship between heat movement and insulation is a bit like that. The cold hard facts about heat loss: Yes, a bit more heat is lost through the ceiling than the walls, but not nearly as much as much as you might think. The rate of heat loss from any surface of your home depends on the di...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...lower exterior air temperatures. Fortunately, the SANCO2 will operate at temperatures as low as -29 °C, which means it will not require a backup heating coil even for the Montreal-Ottawa corridor, which in practice, rarely ever sees temperatures below -26 °C. This unit will actually provide 3.5 kW of heat even at -25...

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

...lower level with four zones (one for each bedroom and one for the bathroom), and two hydronic baseboard registers upstairs. This system provides amazingly warm and comfy floors in the bedrooms when we run the heating system. Some people with heated floors don't get to have the warm foot experience that often with high ...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...lower radon gas levels in homes, research shows (see below) that thicker membranes offer more effective protection. In this video we are installing a 10 mil vapour barrier but we would probably use a thick vapor barrier like this one in future as the cost and quality is superior. The thicker barrier is not only bette...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...Lower BC Mainland) Rainwater recycling ICF foundations Solar thermal Solar PV In-home energy monitoring and tracking Concrete made from recycled building waste Reclaimed lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential pr...