Passive solar 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

...Solarium/Sunroom kit addition for extra space, but are they the bargain they may seem? © Lindal Additions via Flickr Passive heating in solarium...

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

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...heating ratio of the first heat pump is transferred to the water heater. And the more 'free' heat you have in winter (solar gains and general occupancy) the m...

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...

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...

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...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar air heaters work: Solar air heater diagram © Ecohome The above diagram indicates the basic concept of a solar air heater, and while there are many...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Passive solar heating Passive solar heating is the concept of using home design and orientation to collect heat directly from the sun. No panels, no wires, no...

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...

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

...gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that free heat. Further to that, the house is powered by solar panels, and heated by a woodstove and radi...

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

...heating? Reduce heat loss & maximize free heat gains... Tips to reduce energy use by good pool design 1) Pool Insulation to reduce heat loss: When plann...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...solar heat gain on the north facade, so go with the highest R-value, period. On the east and west facades, a combination of a high R-value and low solar heat ga...