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...

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

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims 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 ...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...Passive House levels of performance. The heat source: a unique combination of passive solar heat gain, photovoltaic solar panels, a condensing boiler, heat pu...

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...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...heat requirements (based on specific regional climate data) and the amount of heat energy that could be gained from the sun (SHGC - Solar Heat Gain Coefficient)...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...passive solar heat gain . It is a very simple concept that as a building technique dates back thousands of years. You simply need to find out where south is and...

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...