Passive heating and cooling / Guides

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...heating panel that can release air in summer to prevent overheating when the panel isn't actively in use - as "cooking" a panel . You could also apply the principles of passive heating and cooling by placing the panel under the eave where it will have full exposure with the low winter sun but be shaded when the sun i...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Passive Solar Index program (PSI) of energy modelling designs from the benchmark of complete passive solar heating, this is not a rigid target. Depending on climate and other considerations (such as with the Kenogami House), achieving zero heat demand is not always the best use of resources. Regardless of your buildi...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...And as always, if you have any refreshing tips of your own, please share below! To learn more about designing a home for thermal comfort , Passive heating and cooling and energy efficient home design, see the Green Home Building Guidance at Ecohome, North America's trusted Green Home Building Website .

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

...and fall under the weight of snow or ice. We often forget that a solarium has a more fragile roof and is in constant need of maintenance." Our recommendations for the passive heating and sunlit living space in Solariums: Comfort, durability and energy efficiency are best achieved if passive heating strategies are d...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Passive House Institute) and PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) have the same goals at heart, namely creating buildings that achieve a certain energy performance standard. The only way they differ is in their approach to determining that standard. In order for a house to be considered “passive” by PHI standards, it h...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...and this category encourages builders to put together their building team early and involve them in the design process. It is here that regional issues and home durability is addressed, and building orientation is determined to maximise passive solar gains. Locations & Linkages (10 points) The location and linkages...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...and properly designed heating, cooling and ventilation equipment , to name a few. Thermal comfort = efficiency and durability: The less heat that is lost through the building enclosure, the warmer it will be, and less heat will be lost from your body to the walls and windows. As warm, humid indoor air comes in ...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...andards, such as by reducing the size of heating and cooling equipment required. For Part 3 buildings, the energy modelling and testing for air leakage will be more complex with the introduction of a mandatory Blower Door Test (discover all about these here ), but the BC Energy Step Code does not require the same cer...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...and the difference between the pool and the average air temperatures. The variables for pool heating: Wind exposure factors Humidity levels for the area The Cooling factor in areas of lower night-time temperatures Heat pump pool heaters are rated by Btu output and horsepower (hp). Standard sizes include 3...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...heating bill. Like so many things, fringe building products that sound too good to be true usually are. If paint insulated walls then why not forgo insulation all together and just put about 3 coats and call it a day? Or 5 coats and call it a Passive House ? Because that nagging little voice in the back of your head ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...and high-performance housing improvements, such as: low-flow faucets, highly-insulated and airtight building envelopes, passive heating design and the use of thermal mass to balance interior temperatures. When well-organized and thoughtfully executed, such components can lead to significantly reduced resource consumpti...