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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...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...panels or wind-energy systems to offset building energy requirements are commonplace on high-performance homes , especially as the cost of solar panels continues to fall and choice increases . But for the LEED certified Edelweiss project, Ecohome didn’t think they would contribute sufficiently to offset their initial i...

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

...panels on the south wall that deliver hot air to the floor. Modelling suggests the solar panels could provide 70% or more of the total heat load required. And as an added bonus, the panels will generate domestic hot water in the summer months when heating isn’t required. As this is so far an experimental and untested...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...panels need to be fabricated using metal, plastics and certain rare earth metals that are in dwindling supply. Windmills have a similar footprint as they are made mostly of steel, along with fiberglass and plastics, and they are seated on a concrete base. Then and only then, can the ‘clean electricity’ be generated and...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...panels powered by photovoltaics: pumps and fans for hydronic solar panels (liquid) or air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and distribute heat over extended periods of time making the most of thermal ...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...panels contain phenol-formaldehyde in the adhesive, OSB also contains isocyanurate resin, but neither contains the urea-formaldehyde which is quite toxic to humans. While those names may make them sound pretty nasty, neither will off-gas and they aren't considered a major contributor to air pollution in homes anymore. ...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...panels may be eco-friendly . Find more pages about sustainable construction below and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Which rigid foam insulation panels to use where - Polyiso v EPS v Styrofoam & alternatives Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel vs. concrete buildings Why building ...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...panels , MDF panels made from rice , and other wood products such as formaldehyde-free OSB or plywood . There is a growing trend in the green home building industry to use more eco-friendly building materials, and due to that demand, more manufacturers are showing up in the market all the time as demand increases. Bu...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...panels - PV) LED lighting powered by PV panels Multiple energy sources Wall assembly resistant to the effects climate change Engaging: © Écohabitation An efficient and sustainable building coupled with a low environmental impact must be pleasant, friendly and warm. A well loved home ...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...panels. I know it’s a hard one to wrap your head around, but XPS foam panels are poised to become 1400 times LESS polluting, so when that happens it will become a viable option for sustainable and ecologically responsible home building. Ecohome readers will be the first to know when the new panels hit the market, s...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...panels can be to build. Passive solar air heating panels , whether bought or homemade, are an interesting way of saving energy, money & carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated radiant floor form kits f...