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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 heating and cooling, and you can obviously go further into it with building envelope design , but it costs nothing to take the first step towards 'passive heating and cooling design which is just to think about it and in some capacity factor it in to your build. For new home construction, people are often con...

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

...and took advantage of a rock overhang to employ the basic principles of passive heating and cooling. It is exposed to the sun in winter and shaded in the summer. Image via nationalparks.org In reviving the ancient building technique of passive heating and cooling, the Saskatchewan Conservation House showed us wh...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...and natural light report higher productivity and worker satisfaction. How passive solar heating and cooling works: There are two dates that form the cornerstone of passive solar design, December 21st and June 21st when the sun is at its highest and lowest points. In Passive Solar design, window size and placement...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...and built to Passive House standards, but Passive House Certification is mandatory to call a home "Passive House Certified." Allow us to explain... What are the problems of Passive House in North America? The original Passive House certification program originates in Germany and is referred to as PHI - and the para...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...and shading for passive heating and cooling • green roofs to moderate indoor temperatures and mitigate the heat-island effect • interior design and the use of thermal mass to facilitate passive-heating strategies • climate specific design: insulation, waterproofing, soundproofing, air barriers and vapour control ...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...Passive House Whistler BC Interior Design, © Marken Projects Using up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house, the Rainbow Duplex was assembled in 4 ½ days using a prefabricated panelized system manufactured by BC Passive House. A successful passive solar home is desig...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...passive strategies such as natural ventilation, passive cooling, daylighting, and solar gain were maximized. These were integrated with efficient active systems, such as in-floor radiant heating , high-velocity cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures and high-efficiency lighting . Complementary to this approach, a key su...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...heating and cooling system for your home, you should definitely consider a heat pump for your heating and cooling needs. How much sense it makes will depend on how well insulated your house is. In a super-insulated home a heat pump could provide all the heat and comfort you need, but in a house built to code you may ...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...and a product list were completed. At the same time Britco and Spani personnel refined and costed the scope of factory and site work, and Red Door Energy worked on Passive House precertification. The logistics of transportation by truck and barge also had to be understood, and the risks and uncertainties mitigated with...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...and was a revolutionary building design that introduced 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 has been around for thousands of years . When early man was cold and it was sunny out he sat in the sun,...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...heating and save energy on AC bills The ‘most natural’ of natural cooling techniques is a staple of passive heating and cooling , namely having deciduous trees on the south façade by either building next to them, or planting them and waiting extremely patiently over a couple of decades for them to grow. Tree foliag...