Passive heat gain / Guides

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...passive heating and sunlit living space in Solariums: Comfort, durability and energy efficiency are best achieved if passive heating strategies are designed a...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of your home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...heat loss, but they also reduce heat gain. By sacrificing that 30% of the insulation value on the south side, we were able to increase the amount of passive hea...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...Passive Solar Heating & Cooling? Passive heating and cooling of homes is not new . The above image is of Mesa Verde National Park, the Ancestral Puebloan clif...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...passive solar heat gain and the heat normally generated though human occupancy. This will be the first winter for the Kenogami House, and its performance will...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...heat loss by reflecting infrared heat back into your home in winter while also reflecting heat back out in summer. On the down side, they can also reduce heat g...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...passive heating and cooling - invest in really good windows, face as many of them south as you can to gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that ...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...passive solar heating and cooling to modern Passive House home building . Because let's get one thing straight - Passive Solar heating and cooling as a concept ...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...heaters as a primary heat source because you will gain all your heat during sunny hours but then have to go an easy 16 hours at times with no heat input. And sh...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...passive heat gains, where on a 24 hour cycle they end up providing a net heat gain in winter. Sun shades were designed into the south elevation, but enough de...

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 gain. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is a scale from 0 to 100 that indicates the amount of solar gai...