Passive design / Guides

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

DIY radiant floor installation

...passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive solar home design , Passive House contruction , how to build slab on grade on bad soil , and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...passive solar home design . It’s pretty common to find triple-glazed passive house standard windows in the better-performing houses out there, but you won’t see a whole lot of quadruple-glazed windows. Part of the reason is that the more glass you add, the heavier the windows get. The added weight of a third pane of ...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Passive solar: South facing windows will allow the sun's warmth to passively heat the structural concrete floor in the showhome. Insulation: Expanded polystyrene (EPS) will be used under basement concrete slabs. Cellulose will be blown into the double stud wood framed walls and attics. It is densely packed in...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...passive solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar panels can be either thermal (which transfer heat directly to your home), or photovoltaic (which convert sunlight into electrical energy). The angle at wh...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...passive solar heat collection. Passive solar heat that is absorbed during the day can outweigh the heat lost at night. So don't be afraid to put lots of windows facing south, as long as they are good quality and well-shaded in summer to avoid overheating. Proper home design, orientation and window placement can easil...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... *** Hannah West writes professionally for Home Improvement Leed with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... Solar tracker © Ecohome STORY UPDATE: In Canada, the prices for solar panels has been steadily declining while the cost of trackers has remained fairly static. In light of the low price of panels, it is hard ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...designed for its specific climate will not heave. • EPS foam with parging on it or an exterior cement board will dissuade termites in low to moderate risk areas. In high risk areas additional protection can be required by code, and having said that – a termite has no real incentive to dig into your insulation if ther...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose be...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Passive House, ZNE, Passive Solar or Zero Energy Green Home Construction , we can say definitively that the tips below become even more pertinent the higher-performance the home is designed to be - and especially important if using the latest generation suspended-film insulating-glass glazing units and windows . Wi...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...Passive House, LEED, ZNE, Passive Solar, Green Builder, or Green-home builder. Passive House and LEED are green building certification programs, but even if you don’t want to bother certifying a home, finding a builder that has built a Passive House, LEED or ZNE certified home is a good thing because they'll know and...