Panels / Guides

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

...panels in a Zero Energy Home: In a super efficient Net Zero Energy home, and as can be seen in the diagram below, photovoltaic panels supply several types of equipment, some DC some AC. Solar panels will first charge the 48V batteries that will then feed different receivers. The batteries then power the two heating...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...panels that always have a tendency to look like an add-on. Roof top solar panel installation is functional but a little clunky aesthetically Price comparison between solar panels and solar shingles or solar roofs Trying to compare the prices of rooftop solar panels to BIPV solar roofs is a bit of an exercise ...

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...panels meant we needed an additional solid exterior surface. Here we installed an exterior cement board , though that left the challenge of how to attach it without using metal fasteners that would lead to thermal bridging. What we decided on was plastic straps that passed through the cement board and that were ancho...

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

Hydronic heating

...panels (thermal or photovoltaic) is a simple matter of fishing wires or tubes through the pipe rather than an expensive remodelling project involving opening walls. A bit of real estate is required in the basement as well for a storage tank.

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...panels" which really did make us wonder, as there are so many variables in play that we don't see how that can always be true. Important in that claim is the 'could', so Ecohome's engineers decided to run some figures of their own just to see if this claim looks plausible. Perhaps this 'could' be true in some places,...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...panels or batteries and nothing to break down. It's just about design, and it isn't a new concept. Humans around the globe have been incorporating passive solar design features into their homes for thousands of years . Active solar refers to any system of solar panels whether it be photovoltaic power generation, or t...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...panels that can be used for water heating and space heating. A thermal solar collector in a warm climate can have water running through its panels, but in cold climates we use glycol to prevent panels from freezing. Evacuated tube solar collector diagram Are solar thermal collectors efficient? A panel’s out...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...panels; semi-rigid decorative and soundproofing panels; felts for subfloor insulation. 5.5 " batts for a standard 2x6 wall currently cost $1.90 per square foot and 3.5" batts for 2x4 stud bays cost $1.35 per square foot. "Our prices per square foot fall right between the cost of mineral wool and polystyrene pan...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...panels that have committed to transitioning to HFOs, but we will update this article as soon as we find one. Until HFOs make it in XPS panels, we'd still recommend avoiding them whenever possible. Spray foam manufacturers that are switching to HFO blowing agents by the end of this year: Demilec Spray Foam Closed ...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...panels for an easier build and a lower carbon footprint. It's lightweight, made with synthetic gypsum and has recycled paper on both sides. In addition, we used CGC Dust Control® Brand Drywall Compound which meant we were exposed to less airborne particles during sanding than we would have been with other brands. ...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...panels must provide enough power to operate the home. Read more about the Net Zero Home Pilot program beginnings, and here we will cover the results. ZNE Zero Net energy / Net Zero Homes built for the Canada Zero Energy Pilot Project Net Zero Energy Homes pilot program results Under the pilot program, 23 indi...